Establishing Your Remodeling Priorities
For a design/build or any remodeling professional to help you the most, it is important that you and they know and understand the priority order of what is most important to you. You should also determine what your priorities are for selecting a remodeling professional.
Priorities for the Project
There are several methods of determining your priorities for a remodeling project. Here are a few:
- Some people use the “bucket” method. They determine what they need, what they want, and what “would be nice to have but could live without.” They use these bucket categories to help set their priorities.
- Another way of looking at priorities is to use the “pain and importance” method. List and rank the things about your home that cause you the most pain. The kitchen and entertaining areas might be too small to accommodate your family on holidays; the laundry and pantry being in the basement may require you to run up and down the steps too many times a day; or perhaps you have no place to work or read in peace.
Then make a list and rank what is most important to you. You may have things on your list that are important but which are not on your list of things that cause you pain. You may find that something that causes you pain may not be as important to you as something else you want to do.
Now compare the two lists and rank your priorities based on the combination of both pain and importance.
- “Value Engineering” is of most importance when you are doing a larger project. For example you might be remodeling a kitchen, family room, dining room and powder room. A typical homeowner will place equal value on design, quality of materials, and products used. However if you are a gourmet cook, you might want to spend half of your kitchen budget on getting a high-end commercial grade range, oven, freezer and refrigerator.
Priorities for Selecting a Remodeler
Before you start talking with prospective remodeling companies, you should try to determine what your priorities are for selecting the contractor. Here are some things you should consider and rank:
__ Licenses, insurance
__ Adherence to code and proper permitting
__ Guarantees you will pass inspection
__ Certifications and qualifications
__ Experience and expertise
__ Portfolio of work
__ Quality of design
__ Quality of construction
__ Durability of materials used
__ Quality of products used
__ Maintenance requirements
|__ Energy efficiency and costs
__ Level of service
__ Chemistry/personality with remodeler
__ Communications style
__ Trust you have in the remodeler
__ Level of involvement you want to have or not have
__ Level of guidance you want or don’t want