Every successful home remodeling project gets off to the best start with thorough planning. Planning your remodel should include each of the following steps:

> clearly understand and prioritize your needs;

> set a budget, get a good design, know the cost of every piece of building material and finishing item you will use in the remodel;

> know how and where you can save money without sacrificing quality;

> choose and hire the best contractor for the job;

> buy materials when they are on sale or from the supplier who can offer you the best price on the quality you want and need;

> schedule your project appropriately;

> decide what, if any, of the work you will do;

> get a good solid and detailed contract with each contractor or (if you are managing the project) sub-contractor working on the job;

> check on any insurance upgrades you will need;

> know the laws that affect your project;

> ensure that someone is getting the appropriate building permits and inspections.