Sunday, January 22, 2012

What now?

            It’s the middle of January. The Christmas decorations are put away. The kids are back to school, the house is clean and the refrigerator is a little emptier. The cold and rainy days of late have given you plenty of time to spend on Pinterest. You now have a board for “Kitchens.” Or you have been looking through magazines and have a stack of pictures of your “dream” bathroom. But you have no idea how much your project might cost. Is it even feasible for you? What is the next step?


            Step 1-Decide if you need to employ the expertise and assistance of a contractor or if you will                         try to manage the project yourself.


            Step 2-Call and schedule appointments to visit various showrooms of products that may    
                       be involved in your project. Tile, cabinets, countertops, flooring, plumbing
                       fixtures, light fixtures, etc…


            Step 3-Once you have visited showrooms and have an idea of the products you would like to                        use, you can now begin to set up appointments for those trades to visit your home
                       to put an estimate together.


            Step 4-At the beginning or part of the way through this process, you may find that                        you would have more confidence in someone else overseeing the many moving                        parts of your project. A licensed contractor is never a bad idea and can be an asset
                       in navigating the waters of a kitchen or bath remodel. Take the time to stop
                       and evaluate if this is the best option for you.


            You are now well on your way to finding out how feasible and involved your project will be. Like Benjamin Franklin once said “An ounce of prevention (or planning) is worth a pound of cure.” Take the time to plan well before jumping into your project.

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