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Tips For Renovating Your Home

November 15, 2012
  1. Get as many recommendations as you can on the contractor you plan to use.  Don’t be shy about calling references that are provided.  You absolutely must trust this person as he/she will be in and out of your home for days.
  2. Know what home renovations you want ahead of time.  Otherwise, you might find yourself being steered toward spending a lot more money than you ever intended.
  3. Make it known up front that you do not want people smoking in your home.
  4. Get every little detail of the home renovation in writing from the contractor up front, before you sign on the dotted line.  This will save you time, save your credit card, and ultimately make the renovation go a lot more smoothly.
  5. If you don’t like one of the workers on the job, talk to the head contractor about it.
  6. Make sure you have enough paint leftover for touch-ups and document the type of paint used in each room.  You may remember the paint color 5 years down the road, but you may not remember if you used eggshell, flat, semi-gloss, etc.
  7. Make sure the contractor cleans up the mess every single day.  You don’t want all that dust circulating through your heating and cooling system, which leads me to my next tip…
  8. Change your air filters during and after your home renovation if you are having any drywall work done.  You wouldn’t believe the amount of drywall dust you will find in your filters during a renovation.  You can do real damage to the HVAC system if you do not keep the air moving well with nice, clean filters.
  9. Be prepared to make a lot of decisions, right down to cabinet handles and knobs.