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Maybe you’re ready to build that kitchen you’ve been dreaming of for years. Or maybe your need to remodel is a more sudden one, driven by a growing family.

Whatever the reason, Clason Remodeling is here to help you plan and get started on remodeling your Lakes Region home. The planning process before a remodel starts is just as important as the actual construction. This is why we take the time to talk to you about your project and make sure we understand your needs before we ever start building. (Read more about our process here.)

As you’re preparing for your project, these are some of the areas about which you should be thinking.

Know your goals

Why are you remodeling your home? Is it to get more space? Is it to improve your view of the water? Is it to update an aging kitchen? Think about how you want to use this new space – for entertaining, for family gatherings, etc. Maybe the goal is to remodel with an eye toward resale.

A good way to approach this question is to think about the pain points: What bothers you about your current kitchen/bathroom/home? Let’s make sure we solve those problems!

The important thing is to know why you want to make an improvement. These decisions will inform all aspects of your remodel from the materials we use to the way the space is designed.

This is also a good time to collect examples of what you like from magazines, websites, and other sources. The better you can articulate and show examples of what you want, the more likely you are to be able to get the remodel that meets your needs and desires.

Create a budget and know how you’re paying for it

Now that you know what you want to do, it’s important to have at least a rough figure in mind of what you can afford. You also should know how you intend to pay for the project. Are you paying cash, taking out a home equity line of credit, or some other type of loan? How much are you comfortable spending on the project?

Establish priorities

Determine what is important to you. Our goal is to get you everything you want, but you may have to make some cuts to hit your budget. What is going to be essential to your happiness and what can you live without? Our talented team is also probably going to be able to help you come up with some alternatives to save money.

Get professional help

A professional, certified remodeler like Clason Remodeling is going to be able to identify potential challenges ahead of time and help you accurately plan for your project. Our consultative approach will guide you through the entire planning and remodeling process.

Make sure when you are looking at proposals/estimates from multiple remodelers that you are comparing apples to apples. Some contractors might leave costs out of the initial bid in order to try to win your business. If you see something in one estimate, but not another, ask why! Read more on Finding a Reputable Lakes Region Remodeler.

If you’re ready to plan your next remodel or just have questions on where to get started, contact Clason Remodeling today!