No one knows better than remodeling contractors how difficult a remodeling project can be. Things rarely go according to plan. Anyone who’s ever undertaken a major remodel will also tell you that you should expect some things to go wrong. It’s unavoidable. Though you can never ensure that a remodel is pain-free, there’s a lot you can do to limit the stress. Here are four remodeling tips from contractors to help the project go as smoothly as possible.

Check credentials

Though credentials aren’t a guarantee of good workmanship, it is a good sign. Don’t be afraid to ask a contractor if he/she is licensed, registered, and insured. If they are, that means they’re likely running a reputable business and they’re going to be dependable. Insurance is especially important in case there is any accidental damage to your property during the course of the remodel.

Remember that budgets can change

Always plan to spend more than you anticipate. In fact, when you set your budget, set aside an extra 15% as a contingency. During the project, workers can uncover problems that need to be dealt with. As much as possible, try not to be the reason for a project that goes over budget don’t keep changing your mind about what you want mid-project.

Always negotiate

Often, contractors will be willing to negotiate on their prices. The worst they can say is no. They’re used to having customers negotiate prices so there’s no need to be embarrassed. If you can get them to come down on the price, you can stretch your remodeling budget a little more.

Get everything in writing

When remodeling, it’s important that you get everything in writing. Never settle for a handshake and a verbal agreement. A written contract gives you something to look back to if there’s a question about prices and timelines. The contract should be very detailed and should specify every aspect of the project from materials needed, to estimated time frame of the project, to the estimated cost.

Remember that remodeling is always a little stressful but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the craziness. If you follow these tips, you can at least rest assured that you have entrusted the project to the right people and that the finished results will be worth all the stress.

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