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Establishing Your Remodeling Priorities

March 9, 2014 by admin



Establishing Your Remodeling Priorities

For a design/build or any remodeling professional to help you the most, it is important that you and they know and understand the priority order of what is most important to you. You should also determine what your priorities are for selecting a remodeling professional.

Priorities for the Project
There are several methods of determining your priorities for a remodeling project. Here are a few:
  • Some people use the “bucket” method. They determine what they need, what they want and what “would be nice to have but could live without.” They use these bucket categories to help set their priorities.
  • Another way of looking at priorities is to use the “pain and importance” method. List and rank the things about your home that cause you the most pain. The kitchen and entertaining areas might be too small to accommodate your family on holidays; the laundry and pantry being in the basement may require you to run up and down the steps too many times a day; or perhaps you have no place do work and read in peace.
  • Then make a list and rank what is most important to you. You may have things on your list of things that are important but are not on your list of things that cause you pain. You may find that something that causes you pain may not be as important to you as something else you want to do.
  • Now compare the two lists and rank your priorities based on the combination of both pain and importance.
Value Engineering
Value engineering is of most importance when you are doing a larger project. For example you might be remodeling a kitchen, family room, dining room and powder room. A typical homeowner will place equal value on design, quality of materials and products used. However if you are a gourmet cook, you might want to spend half your budget on the kitchen getting a high end commercial grade range, oven, freezer and refrigerator.
Priorities for Selecting a Remodeler

Before you start talking with prospective remodeling companies, you should try to determine what your priorities are for selecting the contractor. Here are some things you should consider and rank:
___ Reputation
___ Licenses, insurance
___ Adherence to code and proper permitting
___ Guarantees you will pass inspection
___ Certifications and qualifications
___ Experience and expertise
___ Portfolio of work
___ Quality of design
___ Quality of construction
___ Durability of materials used
___ Quality of products used
___ Maintenance requirements
___ Energy efficiency and costs
___ Level of service
___ Chemistry/personality with remodeler
___ Communications style
___ Schedule
___ Price
___ Value
___ Trust you have in the remodeler
___ Level of involvement you want to have or not have
___ Level of guidance you want or don’t want
___ Warranty

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