The definition of the word “remodel” is fairly simple. It means to improve an existing structure or space. Generally, we associate it with changing the look of a home or office building, also known as residential remodeling and commercial remodeling, respectively. Though the definition is straightforward, the actual practice is quite complicated, and requires multiple steps in order for it to be successful. Working with general contractors in Fort Collins, or with a firm devoted to remodeling in Fort Collins and Loveland, is highly recommended if you plan to embark on a remodeling job.

The majority of remodeling jobs, no matter their size, require the following steps. Here are summarized for you some tips:

1. Planning

This includes discussion of the scope of the renovation, and the drafts of the various steps throughout the process.

2. Engineering

It is during this phase that the actual “how” of the remodeling job must be answered. What tools, supplies, and personnel will make the remodeling possible?

3. Repair of the Structure

The actual work begins here, and requires skilled labor. Be careful here. I know of many people who have chosen the lowest priced bid and the results have been HORRENDOUS. I’m talking nightmare city. Always always ALWAYS choose a contractor with a valid, up-to-date license and a good, solid reputation. Please. I cannot stress how important this is. Granted, the cost of labor will likely be a bit more, but believe me, it’s worth every penny. You’d be amazed how much it costs to repair a job-gone-wrong. So in actuality, you’re probably saving yourself a good chunk of change by simply choosing the right contractor from the get-go.

4. Rebuilding

Anything that was torn down, moved, or altered in any way, during the remodeling process, is brought back into working order during this phase.

5. Finishing the Work

Creating coherence between the old and new portions of the space is important for making the remodeling job look polished. This can include everything from the molding, to the paint job, to the type of lacquer used on the wood in a home or office.