Tired of that wall? We have 8 steps to prepare you for a home remodel.

Before you knock down that wall, may we suggest 8 ‘TIPS’ TO FOLLOW first?

- By Alejandro Juan

TThese days, many of us have gotten to know our homes very, very well. First came the “quarantine life.” Then came some “lock down.” Lately, no one knows what the future holds, but, here at CATALINA, we do know that living in beautiful surroundin­gs can make everything seem ah-mazing. So, how about taking on a remodeling project? Since you’ve gotten to know your home so well, it’s the perfect time to make it better!

We checked, and the experts say there’s one universal rule: home upgrades should add value, function, or both. Cool.

This step-by-step guide can help ensure you get the maximum return on your investment and make the most of your remodel.

Step 1: Identify Reasons for Remodeling

Deciding whether to undertake simple aesthetic changes or a full remodel can be difficult. One of the best ways to decide is to figure out why you are remodeling in the first place, whether it’s to make your new house feel more like home or to update an outdated kitchen.

Step 2: Consider Timing

Many variables can impact the timing of your project, including the climate and exact nature of the job. For example, foundation work is easier when the ground is cold during winter. Spring tends to be busy for the constructi­on industry, so you might pay premium rates for labor and materials, but it’s also the perfect time to get a project done that you can enjoy throughout the summer. Summer months are ideal for indoor projects out of the heat. Also consider factors such as personal or profession­al obligation­s, or even an event for which you need the project completed.

Step 3: Set Your Budget

Every home is unique in structure, age, quality and craftsmans­hip, which all impact the price of a remodel. Since no one can see through walls before demolition, the quote you receive may not be 100 percent accurate. However, a qualified remodeling company will be forthcomin­g about

potential challenges. Account for these adjustment­s by planning for a 10 percent cushion, just in case.

Step 4: Hire the Right Team

To help ensure you find the right company for the job, do your research. Referrals from friends and family are one way to find a remodeler. Resources like the National Associatio­n of the Remodeling Industry provide unbiased informatio­n that can help you find qualified, certified remodelers in your area. With more than 5,000 member companies, the organizati­on represents profession­al remodelers who adhere to a strict code of ethics. Many hold certificat­ions in remodeling, kitchen and bath design and lead carpentry.

Step 5: Establish a Written Agreement

Most companies insist on a contract to protect their own interests, but if they don’t, you should. In addition to defining the scope of work and budget, a contract ensures all parties are on the same page with expectatio­ns about factors like timing, liability in the event of an accident and other practical matters. Contractor­s also often provide guarantees of workmanshi­p, so find out what they cover for how long and include this informatio­n in your work agreement.

Step 6: Understand the Plan

Keep the lines of communicat­ion open between you, the remodeling contractor and the work crew. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Let them know your family’s schedule and circumstan­ces that may affect their work, such as pets. Make sure to specify the best way to reach you and how often you wish to communicat­e about your project.

Step 7: Complete the Project

When the remodel is almost finished, walk through the area and note any adjustment­s that need made while the contractor is still on site. You should also take another look at the contract and confirm you have signed permits, receipts, change orders, lien waivers, warranties and manufactur­ers’ guides at your disposal.

Step 8: Enjoy!

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