Here are 10 Tips to Help Make the Process Easier

Remodeling a home can be a stressful project for a homeowner and during these turbulent economic times more and more homeowners are looking to improve their existing investment and remodel their existing home then to go through the process of buying a new home.

If you are thinking of remodeling your home here are several invaluable tips to keep in mind as you discuss your home make-over with potential contractors.


  • 1. Begin With The End In Mind – Know what you are looking to accomplish before you even start your search for a contractor.
  • 2. When can the contract begin and complete the project? – Know your timeframe and make sure that the contractor can meet or exceed your timeframe.  Nothing can be more frustrating than having workers in your home for a longer time period than you expected.
  • 3. Is the Contractor Bonded, Licensed and have the proper Insurance? – Ask the contractor for proof of his license and insurance and from any sub-contractors they may be using.  This could save you from future problems.
  • 4. Check References – Get at least three and determine if the contractor can handle the type of project you have in mind.  You do not want a mason redoing your kitchen if they are not capable.
  • 5. Can the Contractor help with financing?  - Find out if the Contractor has any arrangements for special financing or if they take credit cards to help defer the immediate expense.
  • 6. Will the Contractor get all the necessary permits? – Inquire if the contractor will be the one obtaining the permits or if it will be something that they will require you to do.  Most know the procedures and building codes and it is a lot easier for them to get the permits than you.
  • 7. The Project Clean Up – Question the contractor and the references as to how the workers leave the premises at the end of the day and more importantly at the end of the project.
  • 8. Get It In Writing – If the Contractor is not willing to put the bid/quote in writing and back it up, then you should walk away.  Too many people have been left hanging by a contractor that runs out of money or takes other jobs and puts yours off leaving you helpless or having to hire another contractor to clean up their mess.
  • 9. Manners and Appearance is important – How does the contractor handle themselves?  Chances are if they handle themselves well and have a good presence then you will increase your odds of having a professional job done right the first time.
  • 10. Know Your Own Limitations – This can be a stressful time for a family.  Know if you can handle the inconvenience and stress associated with the remolding.

If you are thinking of remodeling your home in the Bethany Beach or Fenwick Island Delaware areas please feel free to contact us at  We will be happy to assist you in finding the right people for the job you have in mind.

Courtesy of:

Audrey & Frank Serio, CRS

REMAX By The Sea

Bethany Beach DE

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