In the first few weeks of a condo remodeling project, you have to be vigilant about making sure nothing is going to break, and you have to be vigilant about getting it right. Make sure that you choose the right contractors. I know it sounds simple, but it’s not. Read the contract, ask questions, and get a good feel for what the contractor is going to be doing.
This is true for construction and remodeling as well as for many other things. I know it sounds simple, but it is simple, but sometimes its easy to get it wrong. You need to be able to talk to people who are expert in all aspects of the process. And if you are unsure about a contractor, ask questions. Some contractors are more professional than others, and you are better off getting a contractor you can get to know on a first-name basis.
So let’s say you are looking to remodel a condo. You are probably wondering how to get started. The first thing you need to do is identify the contractor you are going to hire. The contractor you will hire should be good at doing the majority of the work for you. The contractor must be licensed, and he or she must have a good reputation. They must be knowledgeable and will be able to provide you with references.
The next thing to do is actually tell your contractor what you are looking for in a new suite or apartment. This is one of the hardest things to do in the beginning. Your contractor is going to tell you, “I can’t do that.” So that’s a good time to get specific. Your contractor is going to say something like, “I can’t do that either.
The best choice is to ask for a free budget so you can get an idea of what it will cost in total. Then get a few pictures and see what you can show them.
This can be one of the most frustrating parts of the process, but it’s also one of the most important things to do. If you think about it, most people don’t realize they are even having a conversation about a new suite or apartment, let alone the fact that they are looking at the photos. If you can’t tell your contractor exactly what you want or need in your new place, you will have a difficult time getting it done.
The key here is to ask for exact information and the exact measurements that you want. Theres no reason to look at a photo (or a bunch of photos) when you can see exactly what you need to change and what its going to cost in total. Now, I am not saying that you have to get the pictures at the exact same time that you decide what you want to change. That would be ridiculous.
I am in favor of the idea of getting a list of what you want beforehand. That way you can focus on one thing at a time and get it done. A contractor is going to come in with a list and you are going to have to figure out what is going to cost the most to do it right. When you can get a list of what you want and what you want to change, you can take the time to get it done at the right pace.
A list of your ideas is really helpful because it will help you start to work from there. It will also help you to check your work before you commit to it. You don’t want to start doing something without knowing what you are going to do.
For those of you in Chicago or Chicago suburbs, the time to get your new home remodeled is now. The building industry’s reputation isn’t so hot, but the rate of property value appreciation is picking up. There are more condo conversions in Chicago now than there were 20 years ago. The new construction industry in Chicago is booming and the real estate prices are going down and down.