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General remodeling tips from the experts

Proper planning is important

Think about your renovation project through from start to finish. Careful planning of your home improvement projects will enable you to update your home, increase the value of your investment and customize your living space ― all for a lot less than the cost of a new home.

  • Look over your property carefully.
  • What repairs are needed?
  • What improvements would you like to make?
  • Think ahead and determine your future needs.

Professional remodeling contractors can help you in your planning by outlining options and discussing the improvements you can make within your budget. Be sure to review your homeowner's insurance policy and make adjustments for the added value of the work being done.

Think About Design and Function

Design and function should be foremost in your mind if you're thinking of adding a room or converting an existing room.

When planning a larger, more complicated project, give thought to details such as:

  • intended use of the space
  • flow of the space
  • where you want electrical outlets
  • telephone jacks and cable hook-ups located
  • the type of lighting required
  • your current and future storage needs
  • and whether you want to include luxury items

These details will enable your home improvement to better suit your needs and your lifestyle. A professional remodeling contractor or design service should be consulted about design and function of any remodeling project. He or she can also help you with time and money-saving hints.