If you are thinking of making home improvements there are a few things to keep in mind as you begin:

  • Keep a wish list of home improvement projects
  • Categorize the list by room
  • Prioritize the list once you feel you are ready to begin
  • Keep a home improvement fund so you dont go into debt once you begin
  • Read design books and magazines
  • Keep a file of pictures, etc. that you might like to try to employ in your design
  • Browse home renovation and remodeling websites and businesses
  • Visit furniture stores to get ideas of current trends in furniture design
  • Before you begin make concrete plans

What if I don’t have the time to do this myself?

  • If needed hire a professional interior designer/architect
  • If using a professional be sure to get at least two to three proposals
  • If using a professional be certain that their design fits your style
  • Be sure the design is “livable” for your family
  • Ascertain a clear timeline and budget
  • Determine if they will be paid by the hour or by bid?
  • Allow the designer/architect to manage the other professionals (contractors, painters, and electricians, etc., as well as, furniture deliveries)