Here is our top list of things you can do to make sure your remodeling project is successful and actually an enjoyable experience.

Here is our top list of things you can do to make sure your remodeling project is successful and actually an enjoyable experience.

Planning and beginning a remodeling project is exciting—but it can also turn into a challenge. So choosing the right person and the right company you work with is the most important thing. Always plan for the worst and hope for the best!

Look for someone who truly listens, makes you feel comfortable, and you can trust.

Here are some things you can do to make sure your remodeling project is successful and actually an enjoyable experience.

• Plan, plan, plan. Spend time looking at websites and through magazines to find what you like, saving ideas in a file so you can share with your designer. (Sites such as Pintrest, Houzz, TLD Facebook, etc.)

• Do things in the right order. If things are done out of order, it can cost you more money and time than planning the process out would. For example, if you are getting a new kitchen island or having built-ins installed, it is best to first put in your flooring and then everything else to follow. We also recommend to paint last. Doing so will make

everything nice and fresh and will prevent painters coming back 5 times (or more) to touch up.

• Get what you want. It is not really too expensive, if that is what you want. Don’t select something that you are not excited about; remember you are making your house, your home.

• Measure. A qualified installer will have to take the final measurements, but your measurements can at least provide you with an initial budget.

• Consider lighting carefully. There are different types of lighting: task lighting (for example above the stove), general lighting, and accent lighting (for example lamps). You want your room to have a combination of all three.

• Beware of being too trendy. You want your look to last and not to be too short term.

• Go green. Making your project as eco-friendly as possible is a smart investment and selling point for the future.

• Discuss options with your designer. You have to count on the unexpected. For example if you are moving a wall, think about what might be behind it. Such as wires, plumbing, ducts, etc. that may require rerouting.

• If your kitchen is being remodeled, set up a different temporary site— hopefully with a small refrigerator, microwave, and electric kettle— perhaps even a hot plate. Eating out for every meal gets old fast.

• Whomever you decide on for your project, check their website, ratings, references, ask for testimonials, look for photos of their previous design work, and check to make sure they have insurance. Checking the company’s social media pages is always the best place to start to see what they are capable of and what they could do for you.