● Start by educating yourself on what you like and dislike so you have an idea of what you want before you start the project.

 

● Interview several potential contractors and choose someone you feel comfortable working with and who you trust to be in your home for a few months.

 

● Consider hiring a design-build company that will work within your budget and explain what it will cost if you want to increase the scope of your project.

 

● Ask for references about their experience, especially with keeping a consistent schedule.

 

● Ask how much of the work will be done in-house and how much will be done by subcontractors. The more subcontractors you have, the higher the likelihood of schedule disruptions.

 

● Expect the unexpected. Once you open up your house, you’ll often find additional problems to address.

 

● Be ready to make a lot of decisions — both minor and major.

 

● You may be able to benefit from economies of scale if you opt to do several projects at once, and you’ll definitely avoid the hassle of multiple separate renovation projects.

 

● Keep your neighbors informed about what’s happening at your house.

 

● Plan ahead, communicate effectively, get excited.

 

 

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/cape-cod-house-gets-update-via-midcentury-modern-throwback/2017/05/03/353565f2-2610-11e7-bb9d-8cd6118e1409_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.e81fd8472b52