5 things to do if you're going remodel 1. Have it planned - set a budget, plan your products and materials in advance 2. Think about how its going to be used - consider long term maintenance costs when comparing prices 3. Hire someone qualified - hiring the best person for the job is key, get references and check past work 4. Get a detailed contract - make sure everything is covered including start and finish dates 5. Stay cool! Remodeling often has snags and surprises - keep your cool and focus on the finish line!