Steps to Take Before a Remodel Project

Here are some tips and advice to help you get started on your remodeling project.


Careful planning of your home improvement projects will enable you to update your home, increase the value of your investment and customize your living space—all for less than the cost of a new home.


“The planning and researching phases of a project are the most critical steps in the remodeling process,” Ryan Johnson, President of Nautilus Luxury Homes. “The more knowledgeable and prepared a homeowner is, the more they protect themselves.”



Nautilus follows a design-build model to fulfill our promise of a personalized luxury experience. The detailed environment and processes our company follows were created to consistently deliver this feeling.

What can a homeowner do to prepare for a remodel?

Nautilus provides a list of steps you should take before breaking ground on your next remodel.

1. Research your project. Taking time to research projects on the Internet to

get a better sense of what is involved such as price, scope of work, return

on investment and new product/material options. Also, research property

values in your neighborhood to make sure your project is in line with other

homes in the area.

2. Plan project around the long-term. How long do you plan to stay in your

home? How might your family structure change over time? Life can change

quickly—these questions should be answered early on to ensure your

project will fit your lifestyle long after it’s complete.

3. Set your budget. Deciding on a realistic budget and arranging finances to

support your project are essential. This number needs to include

everything—the project, products, contingencies, etc. Don’t be afraid to

share this with your remodeler; Nautilus is respectful of your budget and

will create a plan around it, not over it.

4. Ask the right questions. Time and cost are important, but getting the right

information requires the right questions. Ask your professional remodeler

about his educational background, training, specialties or past issues with

clients. Ask about how the remodeling process will work.

5. Review contracts word-by- word. A remodeling contract protects you and

your remodeler. Homeowners should review this carefully. Professional

remodelers have done this before, and know what should go in a contract.

Homeowners are not as familiar with remodeling and should ask about

terms if they don’t understand. Pay attention to details about change

orders, payment, additional fees, timeline and responsibilities. If it’s not in

the contract, it doesn’t exist.

6. Keep design in mind. Your design guides the entire project. Think about

what you dislike about your current space and the intended use of the new

space. Use Websites such as and to gather design

ideas. Make sure you can articulate specifically what you like about that

design when talking to your designer. Design-Build remodeling

professionals don’t recreate a photo—they incorporate accessibility,

functionality, ease of modification, style and value into your design.

7. Create a communication plan. A common downfall in remodeling is lack of

communication between homeowners and remodelers. Nautilus will lay

out a communication plan at the beginning of the project. This plan will

clarify roles of everyone involved, communication methods, availability,

and frequency of communication that is expected.

As an industry that struggles with a persistent negative perception of remodeling contractors, these tips serve both the industry and consumers in elevating real professionals from the pack.

What are the top 4 remodeling projects?

 Kitchens 82%

 Baths 81%

 Additions 67%

 Exterior replacements 50%