Research your project. Taking time to properly research projects will provide a good sense of what is involved such as price, scope of work, return on investment and new product/material options. Also, research property values in your neighborhood to make sure your project is in line with other homes in the area.
Plan project around the long-term. How long do you plan to stay in your home? How might your family structure change over time? Life can change quickly—these questions should be answered early on to ensure your project will fit your lifestyle long after it’s complete.
Set your budget. Deciding on a realistic budget and arranging finances to support your project are essential. This number needs to include everything—the project, products, contingencies, etc.
Use advanced search for professionals. Hiring a pro for some of your remodel? The online world makes it easy to gather information about strangers. Ask friends, family and neighbors for referrals and then spend time researching that person online. Professional remodelers take their reputation seriously and hold credentials beyond licensing, such as certifications, memberships in trade associations and additional training.
Keep design in mind. Your design guides the entire project. Think about what you dislike about your current space and the intended use of the new space. Use websites such as pinterest.com and houszz.com to gather design ideas and inspiration. And if you’re hiring a designer, make sure you can articulate specifically what you like and don’t like about certain design ideas.
Make your selections. Deciding on products and materials is a larger process than most imagine. With so many options to choose from, product selections are one of the primary reasons for project timelines to get extended. Base decisions on quality, function, price, style and availability.
Be prepared for hiccups. How will you handle a change in plans? Even the best laid out remodels can sometimes have changes. Being metnally prepared for that will help you deal with any bumps along the road. Set realistic expectations with yourself before you start the project.
Information courtesy of nari.org