The first meeting is very important because we get to learn your needs and expectations. It also helps you to get to know us and learn about our abilities to meet your goals.
Our job is to maintain regular communications with you so that you can make informed decisions and not have to worry about managing your remodeling project from the first meeting until the final walk-through.
Here are four tips to help you prepare for your first meeting:
1. Be prepared to discuss your needs.
Whether your project involves remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, building an addition or constructing a new home, a good preparation would be to make a written wish list to identify items that are essential to achieving your project objectives and items that are optional. This is a great starting point for determining plans and costs.
It is also helpful to list minor and major problems you currently have with the space such as lack of storage, along with what you like about the current design.
Be as specific as possible about what you want, and make a copy of your list for the contractor!
2. Share ideas and information you have collected.
Many homeowners find it helpful to browse through magazines and books or research online to get design ideas for their project. You can clip magazine photos and bookmark webpages to share with your Project Consultant.
3. Be prepared to discuss your budget.
Prior to our meeting, it helps to have some idea of the budget you have to work with for your remodeling project. We will most likely not be able to give you an estimate of costs during the initial meeting but we will take detailed notes regarding your project to present a proposal.
Our Project Consultants are knowledgeable about product lines, vendors and costs and can make suggestions to help you achieve your desired outcomes and keep within the budget limits you set for the project.
4. Ask questions.
Questions you may want to ask would be “when can you start?” or “how long will it take?” You may also want to ask for suggestions about how the space can be optimized, countertop and appliance options, and any concerns about mechanical (plumbing, electrical, etc.) or structural issues.