You want to remodel your kitchen? Or a bathroom? Or set up your basement? Although a careful renovation brings a better quality of life and may be a good potential return on our investment when you sell, it often proves to be a nightmarish experience and totally compelling. Everything lies in planning. Unfortunately, it is often the most neglected portion of the project. Result: cost overruns and an acute source of stress for the whole family. Here are some guidelines to get to get away without too much inconvenience.

Identify Your Needs

You must list the needs related to your lifestyle. Consider the needs of all family members. Be realistic and do not treat yourself to a setting that attracted you to the detriment of your lifestyle.

Establish your budget

So how do you invest? Only you know how much money you have to complete your project. You must establish from the outset.

Defining your style

Compile a folder containing images of inspiration for decorations that you have taken in decorating magazines. Visit shops, restaurants or hotels may inspire you to plan your decor.


Hire a designer

The interior designer can help you make this mess and guide you in space planning. He will tell you up front whether your budget is realistic or not. Often, people believe that this expertise is not necessary, but the missteps can often be much more expensive than the designer’s fee! Taking into account your needs, your budget and your tastes, you can the designer develop a management plan in which it will integrate your furniture. Some designers can even make three-dimensional renderings to visualize the plan. Once the space is well planned, it attacks the decoration. First of all coatings and then the choice of fabrics and furniture, if necessary. This is last of all we will choose the color of the walls.

Make sure the designer has the skills to do your project. Ask to see his portfolio and client names have reference. For fees, designers usually work at hourly rates (between $ 50 and $ 150 per hour depending on experience). Early in the project, you should demand from him a quote or an evaluation budget for the involvement you want from him.

Hire a Contractor

It is the contractor who will perform the work, once completed plans. This is the synchronization of two expert who made the project a success. The contractor likes to have very clear specifications and plans for the designer to be precise. Make sure the contractor is licensed, he is able to do the work properly and your deadlines. Contractors usually work standard amounts. You must require a detailed quote. In its bid to be practical and reflects the reality, you will need to provide many details. That is why it is best first to make development plans and then make sure that the contractor visit the site to do mechanical inspections (plumbing, electricity and heating) and structural.

A timeline

Make sure you get a well planned and actual schedule from your contractor. You can then take the measures necessary for your comfort and your family. If you want your designer to assist you in continuing the project, it should follow the progress of work to ensure the availability of having to make choices of materials on time or, to be available to answer questions from the contractor when the unexpected occurs.

Tell yourself that good planning will reduce or even avoid unpleasant surprises. Take the necessary time and especially do not do anything on a whim. The skills must also be well chosen. Avoid the trap of hiring unqualified jurisdiction on the grounds that it costs less. This may prove ultimately more expensive (sometimes mistakes can be very expensive to repair)!