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Remodeling your home can cost more than it does to purchase a new car. However, most consumers spend less time selecting a remodeling contractor than they do choosing a new car. If you plan to spend a great deal of money remodeling your home, you should be very selective in deciding which contractor to hire, be familiar with area building codes and standards, and work with the contractor throughout the entire home improvement project.

Planning Your Project

Before selecting a remodeling contractor, you should carefully plan your project from start to finish. For example, if your project involves a room addition, determine exactly what your needs are, how the room is to be used, and what you want the completed job to look like. It is a good idea to coordinate your color schemes and draw a simple floor plan using miniature tables and chairs to lay out the room arrangement.

Be specific in explaining to the contractor what you want, and be sure to approve any architectural plans that are involved in the remodeling job before the contractor begins the work.

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