Are you dreading that upcoming bathroom or kitchen remodel project? As an Arlington home remodeling contractor, we here at The Floor Barn can offer you some experienced tips on ways to make your next renovation project go as smoothly as possible.

No matter how small or large your project might be, the most important thing a homeowner can do to prepare for the project, is too plan as much details as possible. Start planning out well in advance of the start date, that allows you to not be rushed and make well thought out decisions. Important decisions such as budget, materials, who the right Arlington home remodeling contractor is for your project, etc..
The more detailed and laid out your plan, the more prepared you will be and will leave less as possible to chance.

Another tip to alleviate as much stress as possible is to hope for the best and plan for the worst. Depending on the scope of your project and the age and condition of your home, there could be many unknowns going into your project. Nothing is more stressful than finding something unexpected that stretches your budget and project timeline. It could be something as small as when removing your vinyl in your kitchen and finding two more layers underneath the top layer, too finding something more unwelcome such as rotten wood or termite damage in your subfloor when installing new hardwood floors. If you educate yourself and know that things like this can and might occur, and you leave set aside a small portion of your budget for unexpected time and budget overages, the less devastating they will be if or when they occur.

Another important aspect is having a good working relationship with your contractor. Make sure their is an open line of communication and that he/she keeps you informed throughout the process without you looking over his/her shoulder the whole time. Also, if you are married, having an open communication and agreed upon detailed plan ahead prior to the start of the project can reduce stresses on your personal relationship.

Here is a good article with some additional items to consider when planning out your home improvement project no matter weather it is a DIY project or you hire an Arlington home remodeling contractor:

by Brian Heltzel
The Floor Barn

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