- Compile a list of home remodeling ideas and draft a budget for the work. You likely have some projects in mind like updating the bathroom, renovating the kitchen, replacing windows of repairing the roof. Prioritize your wish list. Maybe you don't have the budget for your dream kitchen remodel, but professionals can maximize your dollars by doing the work in phases. Use budget friendly products and a creative design solution.
- Look for a professional to help plan the project. Ask friends and neighbors for names of qualified remodelers to help you with your project. You can also search the NAHB's Directory of Professional Remodelers at www.nahb.org/remodel.
- Check the references and background of the remodeler. Be sure to conduct some background research by checking with the Better Business Bureau, talking to their references and asking if they are a trade association member. Professionals with these qualities tend to be more reliable and better educated and more likely to be on top of construction and design trends.
- Agree on a contract. Talk over the details of the project and review the contract. Ask about warranties on their work, know who is responsible for obtaining any building permits and understand the process. Make sure you see eye to eye before you sign on the dotted line.
- Take advantage of the energy efficiency tax credits. If your remodel includes replacing windows or doors, adding insulation, installing new roofing, upgrading heating or air-conditioning units, updating the water heater or installing energy generating products (such as solar panels, heat pumps or wind turbines) then you can take advantage of federal energy efficiency tax credits through 2010 that will help defray costs and maximize your remodeling budget which reducing home energy bills.
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