Looking at plans. Photo by ThisIsEngineering: https://www.pexels.com/photo/engineers-looking-at-blueprint-3862135/Once you have narrowed it down to 3 potential contractors, present your detailed plans to each one and ask for a bid or proposalBe sure that you use identical plans and specifications for all bids so that they can be compared accurately. Proceed to discuss each bid in detail with the individual contractors.

Always be leery of bids that are significantly lower than the others because they may have not included a portion of the project or they’re using lower quality materials. A higher price may add more value to your home if the materials to be used are of higher quality or the work is more professionally finished. Don’t forget the old adage, “If the offer sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

The planning should begin with asking yourself what your family needs, wants and what best fits your lifestyle. Organize your ideas by including sample floor plans, desired fixtures, lighting and add additional resources such as picture cut outs, and general layouts to help explain your ideal design.

If you are struggling to organize your design thoughts or you need a more accurate visualization, it may benefit you to hire an architect, draftsman or a designer. Your potential contractors should include this in their proposal, or be able to give you contact information to qualified draftsmen. These professionals will help you define the possibilities and limitations for your project.

For further information read our article on Designing Your Remodeling Project.

8 Steps For a Stress Free Home Remodel

  1. Interview Potential Contractors
  2. Discuss Your Remodeling Plans
  3. Set a Remodeling Budget
  4. Hire a Qualified Contractor
  5. Iron Out Contract Details
  6. Keep a Remodeling Records File
  7. Know What To Expect During Construction
  8. Communicate With Your Contractor