3 Things To Know About a Remodel Project Before Doing a Google Search

So, it’s time. You’re ready to take the plunge and remodel your home. Now all you have to do is pull up your trusty Google search engine, type in a phrase like “San Diego home remodel contractor” and let the magic of search bring you your future contractor.

Except, HOLY COW, there are a lot of contractors in San Diego. How in the heck are you going to choose one? Where to even begin?

Back away slowly from the Google results page and perch gently on your Yellow Pages. That’s it. Nice and easy. If you want to find the best contractor for your remodel, it helps to have an idea of what you want. So, before you start browsing all those listings, first make sure you:

1. Know how far you want to go.

Sure, you may know that you want to remodel your kitchen, but take a moment and think about exactly what you want the remodel to accomplish. Do you simply want to upgrade the cabinets and countertops, put on a new coat of paint and install a few recessed can lights, or are you gleefully envisioning a gutted room, tearing out of drywall, moving walls, changing the layout and generally a complete overhaul?

Keep in mind that Contractors, like any other profession, are NOT one-size-fits-all. Knowing the level of construction (and destruction) you want to achieve will help you identify the right types of remodeling contractor in your area and, even more important, help you set your budget for the project.

And, since we’re talking about budget….

2. Know how much you want to spend.

SPOILER ALERT: remodeling costs money. Before you ever put your cursor into the Google search box or pick up the phone to call a remodeler, you should have a number in your mind or at least a range of what you’re willing to spend. Remodeling a home is definitely one of those unique projects that can easily spiral out of control if you haven’t taken the time to set a limit on costs. Having at least an approximate notion of your budget will also help you through the interview and bidding phase of the project by allowing you to give all of your potential remodel professionals an opportunity to bid on the same level.

3. Know how much time and effort you have to devote to your remodel.

Do you want a remodel contractor that provides you a full service, turn-key remodel experience, or do you want to spend a lot of time doing things like shopping for fixtures, granite, cabinets, etc…? This may be one of the most important things to consider prior to starting your renovation.

No matter what, your remodel is going to require some time and energy on your part. You’ll need to research and interview contractors (both on the phone and in person), make design decisions, work around the builders in your home and communicate regularly with the contractor.

Above and beyond this, you can choose a full-service remodeling contractor that can handle all aspects of your remodel, or you can roll up your sleeves and be a major part of your remodel. If you want to go with the rolled-sleeves options, be prepared to devote time to shopping for items, clearing the space that is to be remodeled, and doing some of the prep and cleanup work. You’ll definitely be earning any savings you get.

Remember, the more information you bring to the table at the start of your remodel project, the faster and easier the initial consultation, bidding and contractor decision process will be. If you know what you want, you won’t waste your time on the phone or in meetings with contractors who can’t meet your goals, your budget or your timeframe.