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Preparing to Renovate

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), "The Voice of the Remodeling Industry", offers these steps to keep in mind when you plan a remodeling project.

The first step to take is pre-planning, which can be started by making two lists about the room that you want to remodel: things that you like and things you dislike. Then write out:

  • Features you wish you could have
  • Features that you want
  • Features that you need for the new room
  • Possible color swatches
  • Who will be using the room
  • What the room will be used for when the project is complete

NARI suggests that if you want to start a project by July, then start your process in January. "Finding the right design, choosing a professional remodeler and securing the necessary financing for a home improvement project can sometimes take months," says Julius Lowenberg, a past President of NARI. Also, your remodeler may not be able to begin work immediately if they are currently working on another project. Most quality remodelers book out months ahead and often up to a year.

After pre-planning, you will want to meet with our team. We will take a walk through your home to get a feel for the traffic flow and find out where your home’s mechanical systems are located. Tell our team everything that you want from the list you made during your pre-planning step and be prepared to tell us what your budget is for the project.

From this preliminary meeting, we will take some time to draw up the plans. When the plans are ready, you will be asked to review and make revisions to the plans and make a deposit to begin work. The final plans will include an outline of the job including the materials, products, our notes, finish details and pre-priced options and upgrades.

Matt Powers Custom Homes & Renovation will give you a timeline that outlines the steps in the remodeling project. However, don't rely solely on this timeline because several variables can have an impact on the length of the project, such as availability of special-order items or materials. It is important to maintain constant communication with us during the project so that you can be aware of any changes that may take place in the schedule.

Once you sign the contract to begin the job, you have three days to change your mind. This is called your legal "right of recision". After three days, our team will organize schedules, order materials and apply for the needed permits. We will also arrange another meeting with you to go over the details, so we are all clear on what is about to happen.

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2450 Fondren, Suite 111
Houston, Texas 77063


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