Thinking of remodeling your home? Follow these eight remodeling tips to help minimize hassles during a renovation:

Create a budget

Create a project budget and set a spending limit. Whether you plan to utilize savings, a home equity loan, a line of credit or free up funds through refinancing, now is the time to identify how you will finance the project, and how much you want to spend.

Prepare the house

Before work starts, clear all spaces where professionals will be working, as well as walkways they will use to access these areas. Remove valuables and breakables to avoid damage, and cover furniture in areas where paint or dust could harm upholstery. Keep other considerations in mind. For example, if you’re renovating the kitchen, you may need to create a temporary food prep area.

Work with pros

When selecting a contractor, check for references, certification and an understanding of the project. For example, when tackling window and door projects, Andersen Windows Inc. recommends hiring an Andersen Certified Contractor to do the job. These contractors receive product training, installation resources, offer an exclusive 2-year limited installation warranty, and their expertise and experience in an extensive range of residential projects means they’re able to capture your vision for your home and work with you to provide the right products.

Schedule wisely