If you’re thinking about a home remodeling project, there are many things you should do, and many things you shouldn’t do. Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to add value to your home. This is especially important if you’re going to be selling it eventually. An updated kitchen can add thousands of dollars to the sale price of your home, the same goes for basement renovations and even bathroom remodels. Figures suggest you can recoup up to 75% of the cost of the remodel! That’s a great ROI, especially since you get to enjoy the return for years and years.

Home Remodeling Dos and Don’ts

Do Your Homework – Know what kind of project you want to do. Do you want to do a kitchen remodel? Start your journey on Houzz and get an idea about what the trends are in kitchen remodeling. What are your must-haves, and what are the things you can do without? What is your budget?

Do Due Diligence – When hiring a contractor be sure to check out references and ask if you can see any of their work. Make sure your contractor is licensed and insured. Check the BBB, Angie’s List and Home Advisor for reviews. Talk to your neighbors if they have any recommendations. Meet with several home remodelers before making a choice.

Don’t Skip Planning – Home remodeling projects are fun and exciting, and it can be easy to skip through the important and less exciting parts of the project like planning and design. Make sure you have exactly what you want before moving on. Changes after the project has begun can be costly so you’ll want to stick with any plan you decide on.

Do Budget for the Unseen – Home building and home remodeling projects usually go over budget for a variety of reasons. It’s always wise to build into your budget an extra 10%, just in case it goes over budget.

Do Have a Contract – This goes without saying, but it’s important to have sign a contract with your remodeler. This keeps everyone protected in the event something goes wrong. Don’t make the final payment until the project is completed.

Do Keep Swatches and Samples – Be sure to keep a record of paint colors and if possible the name of any fabrics, tile, flooring etc…. in case you need to replace a broken tile or touch up some paint down the line.