In only a few short weeks, most of Naples, Florida, will be in a state of renovation as home owners retreat to summer homes in the north and leave their Florida living spaces in the hands of their builders.
If you’re considering a remodeling project this summer, we’ve put together a set of guidelines to consider over the next few months to ensure that your new renovation meets your expectations.
Write down what you like and don’t like about your home
Living in the space gives you plenty of opportunity to determine what you love (and what you don’t love) about your home. Maybe the bathroom that seemed so charming when you purchased the home is beginning to take on a decidedly cramped feel now that you’re using it every day. Or perhaps your kitchen flooring is shamefully outdated and in need of replacing. Make a list of what you’d like to change when you think of it; don’t trust that you’ll remember during the consultation with your builder.
Discuss your upcoming project with your neighbors and property manager
It seems strange – why should your neighbors and building staff be involved in your remodel planning process, but you’d be surprised what a resource they can be. Property managers and support staff may be able to recommend a trusted architect, designer or contractor; neighbors may provide a preferred remodeling schedule so major renovations can be done at all hours, saving you time and money on an upcoming project. As much as a great professional remodeling company will try and be mindful of people around the home, any additional legwork you can do to ensure your project goes smoothly will be appreciated.
Hire a professional remodeling company you can trust
You won’t feel comfortable handing your keys to a remodeling company unless you’re completely confident they can do the job with quality and honesty. To find a great contractor, ask for references from friends and family that have worked with Florida builders in the past. Always double check names with the Better Business Bureau and Houzz. Ask your potential remodeling companies to see a copy of their liability insurance and surety bond coverage. These insurances protect you from legal action and are a great way to confirm how professional your potential contractor is. Verify the remodeler license status to make sure they are active and in good standing. As an extra precaution, we recommend checking references before you settle on a remodeling company.
Communicate clearly and often
Double-confirm paint color selections, materials requested, tile choices until you are completely confident that your home will be remodeled to your exacting standards. A professional contractor will welcome open and honest communication at the beginning of a project so that they can also work securely, confident that they are fulfilling the project specifications. Communication doesn’t start and stop with your remodeling company. Tell your neighbors that contractors will be renovating your home and always provide emergency numbers so you can be reached easily in case of an emergency.
It’s never too early to schedule your remodel. Call us today for a free estimate or stop in and visit us in our Kitchen and Bath showroom in Naples.