What to Expect at Your First Home Design Meeting

Posted on:  June 26, 2012

You should be getting to know your contractor and she to know you.

Does your contractor fully understand what you need from your remodeling project?  Do you feel comfortable asking your remodeler questions?

Here are the top things you should make sure discuss at your first meeting with your selected contractor.

  1. Is your contractor asking you a lot of questions?  How does s/he react to your asking questions?
  2. Does he know your priorities?  Have you explored a variety of options?
  3. Have you defined your style … traditional, contemporary, or eclectic?  You should collect pictures of rooms / homes that you admire.  Is there a particular picture that inspires you?
  4. What have you established as your target investment?  How will you finance your project?
  5. Has the home remodeler provided you with a vague estimate?  Beware of these… the more detailed the estimate, the more specifics defined, the more you’ll know what to expect in terms of actual pricing versus estimated pricing.  A vague estimate will lead to unexpected charges and expenses.
  6. Have you spent time with the contractor talking about the structure of h/h company, and how your job will handled?
  7. How many people are employees of the company?  Sub-contractors?  Will your contractor provide you with a list of h/h suppliers as references?
  8. When you call the contractor, will you be constantly leaving messages or will you be talking to an actual person who knows you and your project?
  9. Who’s going to be making the decisions for your project?  Is it just you?  Your partner and you?  Make sure that all decision makers are at that first meeting.
  10. Discuss what you like or dislike about your home in its current state.  What project(s) are you considering?  Why this project now?  What do you hope to gain from this renovation?  What are your current home needs and what do you expect you’ll need in the future?
  11. What’s most important to you during the remodeling process?  Design?  The contractor’s experience?  One-stop shopping approach?  The remodeler’s process, including scheduling and budgeting?
  12. And, finally, how long do you plan on being in your home?  Are you expecting to stay there for the next 5, 10, 20 years?  Or, are you getting ready to sell your home within the next few years?

These questions are just the tip of the iceberg … we love questions, so if you have any, please send them our way.

We’d love to know what you’re thinking…

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