At this time of year, many people love to be scared and to scare others, and some go to great lengths to make their home look super spooky for little ghosts and goblins. But remodeling your home should NOT be a frightening experience. So have no fear; we have some tips that can get you through the remodeling process – large project or small – without waking up screaming in the middle of the night.

Updated October 2020

1. List Your Priorities

Start by making a list of changes you’d like in your home and then put the items in order of importance: what you must have, what you’d like to have and what you’d like but can live without. A clear idea of your priorities and budget  helps everyone know what to expect. We’ll design a plan for your project based on what’s most important to you, so that you’ll have NO surprises.

2. Check Those References

Talk to people who have remodeled to find out if they loved their contractor and would refer them. Hearing a homeowner’s personal experience can be one of the most helpful factors in giving you a solid basis for making a decision. Think about the importance of the trust factor: learn about the contractor’s licenses, insurance, professional affiliations (such as NARI), certifications and more. We’re happy to have you talk to clients we’ve worked with in the past.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Design Guidance

There will be lots of decisions to make during the design and remodeling process. Getting the fine details of a design just right is important and it can be scary and stressful. We are always willing to provide you our expert guidance in both design and construction, even if you’re feeling overwhelmed or confused trying to select light fixtures or faucets. With the comfort of knowing you are getting the best advice and making the right decisions, any stress you might otherwise have can be greatly reduced – if not eliminated.

4. Insist on Communication

The ability to get questions and concerns addressed quickly during a remodeling project is extremely important and calms any fears you may have. We let you know what to expect at each step and what information we need from you. We put an emphasis on clear communications not only between our staff and you, but also among our staff members and with our specialty trade contractors.

Remodeled home exterior at night

Exterior remodeling by Merrill Contracting & Remodeling

5. Select a Less Complex Process

While we are happy to work with your architect,  we generally recommend a faster, less complex process. We offer the “Design Build” remodeling process for homeowners who would like the peace of mind, simplicity, and ease of working with one trusted company from concept to completion. And a single company that will be responsible to solve any issues relating to the project. We believe the “Design Build” process is less stressful for most homeowners and for most types of home remodeling projects.

We know our reputation depends not only on providing you with a beautiful, well built, trouble-free project, but also on making sure your remodeling experience with us is so good you are comfortable – maybe even eager – to use us in the future and recommend us to your friends. If you would like to lessen your chance of getting stressed out by your next home remodeling effort, be sure and contact us about the project.

Don’t be afraid to make the changes you’d love to see in your home!

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