Manage Your Project

DON’T do it yourself. Remodeling a bedroom, dining room or family room is very different than taking on the challenge of a kitchen or bathroom. A specialized designer should be brought in to figure logistics, suggest proper materials and make a functional and cost efficient room that specifically reflects your taste, style and personality. This is NOT a do-it-yourself project! Find a NKBA professional in the Consumer Workbook section.

DO think of resale value. You may be happier than ever in your home, from the location to the neighbors to the town and your property, you may think you’ve settled for good  but don’t be too sure! Sometimes being too “unique” means regrets down the road, so especially for your first remodeling project, we suggest sticking to the basics and putting thought into what others would like about your kitchen, as much as you. Someone else might own it one day and you’ll want to make sure you can recoup your investment!
DON’T overspend! Set a budget at the beginning of your project, including room for additional charges, and don’t go over that amount – no matter what! Be proactive and figure out what you want during the months leading up to the renovation. If you want more than you can have, make a conscious decision to pick one or the other based on necessity and future projects, if one can or can’t be added down the road.

DO pick a qualified professional. Choose several designers in your area; meet with each of them and trade ideas and suggestions. Make sure they are qualified; ask to see past projects and/or a portfolio and discuss your budget. It’s also a good idea to ask for references and checkout their showroom or store if possible. Pick the designer that satisfies your taste and style most. You should never be persuaded to do anything you don’t like or that’s too high-end for your budget. A good designer will work closely with you until your dream home comes true! Pick among more than 36,000 qualified professionals in the Consumer Workbook section.

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