What’s most important to the success of a renovation project? I asked a handful of property owners who have renovated multiple times, an architect, a space designer, and a contractor. All agreed: do your homework, plan thoroughly, and respect timing.
Do your homework
Before you begin, talk to as many as you can who have been through the process. Get lots of recommendations, ask dozens of questions and take notes. Interview your primary professionals carefully, examine past performance, and check references. When evaluating bids, consider reputation and experience as much as you consider price. When checking references, ask how each responded when problems surfaced during and after the job.