The design development process is a critical part of successful remodeling and as the home owner you should insist on being involved. With collaboration, a professional home remodeling firm will deliver a finished project that meets your lifestyle needs and budget.
Before interviewing remodeling firms for your project, establish how much you are willing to invest into improving your home. There is no reason to be afraid of disclosing your budget range either. That gives the remodeling professional a target that will equate to better value for you.
Choose your home remodeler based on length of time in business, client reviews, references, BBB rating, license status and your comfort level after your initial consultation. Ask for a list of at least 12 references, and call 3 or 4 random ones. Review sites like www.guildquality.com, www.customerlobby.com, www.yelp.com and www.bbb.org can give you plenty of insight too.
Once you choose who to work with, be prepared and devote time to meetings during the design development phase. Expect to be asked for a small financial commitment when you begin the design phase and consider it an investment with the dividend being an awesome plan.
Stay engaged in the design development stage of your remodeling project and have fun with it. An industry leading design and remodeling firm will keep you well informed every step of the way.