San Diego’s climate offers the perfect opportunity to remodel any time of the year. Whether you plan to upgrade your home’s exterior or renovate your kitchen, steps should be taken to ensure a smooth process and an excellent relationship with your contractor and designer. Your vision will easily come to life if you start your project with clear communication and expectations. These four steps can build relationships that will ensure your remodel will be a dream come true.


Step 1: Get A Contract

Communication is key to any successful professional relationship.  Get a clear contract that outlines any potential circumstances which may arise throughout the project. By expressing your expectations and goals at the start of the project, your contractor and designer can help guide your expectations. No remodeling project goes perfectly, so an in depth contract can prevent problems over the course of your renovation.


Step 2: Establish A Budget

Establishing a budget at the start is important to avoid any complications during  your remodel. At Arise Interiors we’ve developed a tool that assists in setting a working budget for any project. We always start by learning about your dreams and aspirations for your home and go from there. Establish how much you will spend if all things go as planned, but also to set a “just in case” budget incase you run into complications. You will get what you want without breaking the bank if, or more likely, when a complication arises. A budget also provides a guideline for a productive relationship between you, your contractor, designers, as well as your spouse or other decision makers that are involved in the project.


Step 3: Establish Your Boundaries

Communication is crucial to the success of your remodeling project. You will spend a significant amount of time with your designers, contractors and workers. They will spend time in your home, so it is important to establish and communicate your boundaries. If you would like workers to use a particular door, bathroom, etc, establish those requests up front. Additionally think about your own daily routine. For example, if there are days you are not available, communicate that. Do you have young children or pets? If so, accommodations can be made, but only if your project team knows that from the beginning. 


Step 4: Prepare Your Home

While your home is under construction, your day-to-day life will be disrupted. The kitchen is a key space in any home, and if it’s out of commission an alternative cooking space most likely will be needed. Outdoor spaces in Southern California fortunately work well for this. Additionally, you’ll need to clear paths for workers to maneuver in and out, and stow away any fragile, valuable and bulky items safely out of the way.


Success Starts with You

Your home is important. Getting a remodel project done right can make all the difference, and finding the right team is key. Let us know if you have any questions or would like more information about the process.

If you are considering a remodel project in your home, contact Arise Interiors today to line up a consultation with our leading designer.