Part 1 of 3 in our series, "Choosing the Right Remodeler"
Did you know remodelers and contractors are often the very first people to hear you talk about improving your bathroom/kitchen/deck, or building an addition?In fact, you may find yourself talking to a remodeler even before you have fully thought it through or explained the idea to anyone else.
Instead, to dramatically simplify your next remodeling project, have a little chat with yourself, out loud:
STEP 1: Ask, then answer these...yourself:
- What do I want? Create a gathering place.
- What would I like to achieve? A quick sale of our house.
- What is the function I want? Improved workspace.
- What RESULT do I want from the remodeling or improvement?
This type of preliminary thinking (asking questions, then answering them yourself) will help simplify the conversation with your remodeler.
STEP 2: Talk to yourself about FUNCTIONS, not FEATURES.
These are FEATURES:
- Patio: Add more space.
- Kitchen cabinets: Move to the opposite wall.
- Hardwood floors: Replace carpeting with wood flooring.
These are FUNCTIONS:
- Patio: Expand it for larger parties and gatherings.
- Kitchen cabinets: make easier to reach from oven and fridge.
- Hardwood floors make it easier to keep high-traffic areas clean.
See the difference? Once you can talk about FUNCTIONS of the features you want, you will be better equipped to explain RESULTS you want from remodeling.
Here are other questions to ask yourself:
- What do I want my new arrangement to do, that my existing one doesn't?
- What do I dislike about my current arrangement?
These questions help you get to the result faster. Paint color, types of appliances, fixtures or flooring come afterwards.
Of course, it's much easier when your roof is leaking or you want to paint your house. You simply choose styles and colors.
But don’t be discouraged. If you have questions, call HandyWorks Remodeling. We'll listen...and guide you through this process.
This was Part 1 in our series, "Choosing The Right Remodeler". We hope you found it valuable.
To read Part 2, "Remodeler's References/Reputation: Check BOTH before you hire" click here.
To read Part 3, "Is the BEST Price the RIGHT Price? Probably Not!" click here.