Designer Kitchen and Bath Projects and More
Remodeling and construction in any form is complicated. It is a highly fragmented industry, often with people interpreting the message differently and expecting different results. I started my career as a second generation new home builder at a young age then became a front line Cat insurance adjuster following natural disaster in the US. Over decades I can assure you no matter how much money you have or pay in a build project there is over a 50% chance of dispute or unsettling issue.
The following is a best practices story for how to avoid pitfalls in building your kitchen, bath or remodel as well as a restoration guide when facing crisis and an insurance claim. Further I will explain how to get premium products and better services you may or may not know exist. Here’s the short list down and dirty.
Planning a budget for a remodeling project should be doubled as a rule of thumb. Suck it up butter cup it’s going to cost you. Kitchens and baths are like cars in that they are loaded with options extras and overpriced cool stuff! Enjoy the moment cause you will live with this a long time. Don’t expect to get your money out of it when you sell because the buyer will have their own preferences.
Budgets and insurance payments will always leave you out of pocket and feeling like your agent wrote a poor policy or the adjuster did not do his best for you… Think about that for a minute who does the adjuster work for? Most important is there are huge differences in carriers and how they handle claims. Did you buy a bare bones policy and high deductible? Do you plan on hiring your own contractor or using the vendor the carrier suggests? (*another topic)
Local sourcing is nice and recommended for labor and installations generally, (get 3 bids & throw out the lowest) but doing so can result in selection bias and high prices. Make sure you feel the love when hiring your contractor. Get a few sketches and drawings pictures and detail the specifications in your project as best you can manage. Most important is state your position re draw payments and satisfaction when the final payment is due.
Materials and product resourcing today with all the connectivity and online suppliers, designers, decorators, product reviews and news it is simple to learn where to get data to make better decisions. To find what you need start with association searches for the trade or product you want to investigate. Look for Las Vegas or anywhere trade shows and search the sponsors who will be there, then go to their websites. Another few tips are to simply search for manufacturers, factory direct or even stock items liquidation if you want a deal and willing to roll the dice for a deep discount. It can happen!