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When it comes to a remodeling project, more knowledge can ensure a better experience and investment.

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that having a budget and some basic ideas is all it takes to start a remodeling project, but it’s not long before they discover that the process involves more planning, forethought and attention to detail than they anticipated. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, consider the following tips:
 
Account for the entire cost of the job, including additional expenses. Homeowners who only look at price when choosing contractors can end up paying much more over the course of their projects than necessary. “People who go for the smallest bids often hire contractors who try to handle every phase of their projects in-house, but if a company doesn’t have the labor power to coordinate those aspects, the process can take much longer than expected,” explains Sergiu Deac, president of Best Construction in San Jose. “Also, a lengthy permitting process can waste valuable weeks or months, so working with a contractor who is clear about the time it will take to obtain permits is important, too.”
 
If you plan incorrectly, you may be out of your home for six months instead of three, and if you don’t factor in the expenses of living elsewhere while you’re paying to remodel your home, it can add a considerable amount to the total cost of the project. On the other hand, if you work with a full-service contractor, you’ll pay more upfront, but you’ll likely have a much smoother and faster experience, which can save money in the long term.
 
Look for good warranties. All licensed contractors are required to guarantee their work for one year, but you should look for a company that protects you for even longer. Ask about warranties, including length and whether they’re prorated (diminish in value over time) or expire on a specific day. Find out what each warranty covers, how to redeem it and who’s responsible for repairs or replacements. It’s also smart to ask for materials that are covered by manufacturers’ warranties—they may be more expensive at the outset, but the added assurance is often worth the cost.
 
Factor in long-term value. Chances are you won’t live in your home forever, so it’s smart to consider the real estate value of your project. “Your contractor should educate you in terms of real estate value,” confirms Mr. Deac. “For example, you should understand the benefits of remodeling a kitchen versus a living room or adding a bathroom instead of a powder room. A good contractor will explain the advantages of these choices and show you how to get the biggest resale value.”