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August 29, 2012 13:58 ET

Handyman Connection Presents the Five Steps of Home Remodeling Planning

CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2012) -  Imagine being halfway through your kitchen remodel only to realize the money you budgeted isn't enough to cover completing the project. This is a perfect example of why proper home remodeling planning is so important. Handyman Connection, the largest network of home repair and remodeling contractors in North America, offers five steps everyone should follow before the remodeling process takes place. Before you create the home of your dreams, make sure to: draw a plan, conduct research, create a budget, gather help and get your permits.

Draw a plan to define a clear idea of what you want the end result to look like. Write down any and all thoughts you have in regards to the desired room design. Draw where you think furniture pieces may go; describe how certain elements will be incorporated. The plan can change throughout the remodeling process, but having that visual at the start will help guide the project as things progress. If you are having difficulty formulating a remodeling plan, call a professional handyman or designer to help with direction and give you more ideas.

Research the various elements involved in your plan. Oftentimes, other people have carried out the same projects themselves and can offer valuable advice. Save time by learning from others' experiences, rather than by your own trial and error. If you find your kitchen remodeling, for example, is beyond your capabilities, a skilled handyman may offer expertise that can enhance your plan beyond your expectations. Once you have done your research, you will have a better idea of how much money and time are required to complete the plan.

Create a budget that you are comfortable devoting to your project. Before you begin purchasing materials and securing labor, you need to set a limit to ensure that spending does not get out of control. At this point, your plan may need alterations to fit within your budget restraints. Proper budgeting ensures your plan can be carried out to completion. In order to complete the kitchen remodeling, however, you will most likely need some professional help.

Gather help from experienced craftsmen to ensure your success. While some handy homeowners may opt to remodel alone, having others help will make the process a smoother experience. In some cases, that can be as simple as collecting friends and family to share the labor. Unfortunately, this type of help does not always give you the professional results you hope to achieve. Handyman services, on the other hand, do just that. With the addition of professional experience and skills, a handyman can give your home remodeling project the expertise you desire.

Get the appropriate permits required by your local government to make sure your project complies with local building codes. Make sure to apply at your local town office for any necessary permits involved in your remodeling project. If you are unsure of how to go about this or which permits you require, handyman services can be extremely helpful. These licensed handyman professionals certify that you are meeting the city's standards and alleviate some of the stressed involved with detailed paperwork.

By following these five steps of proper home remodeling planning, you can confidently work on remodeling without running out of your resources mid-project. That kitchen project that you only got halfway through can now be finished because you spent the time planning all the necessary components beforehand. If you find your remodeling project is beyond your set of skills, consider utilizing a professional handyman. In doing so, you can make sure you get the professional results you want without the struggle of working on the entire home remodel yourself.

About Handyman Connection
In 1993, Handyman Connection ( became the first home improvement and repairs firm to offer franchises. The company specializes in small to medium home improvements, repairs and remodeling. Handyman Connection has franchises throughout North America, each locally owned and operated and backed by the corporate franchisor. Handyman Connection is a subsidiary of FS Brands a leader and innovator in franchising and in property management. FS Brands is a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation, a globally diversified leader in real estate services. For more information, see


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