04apr22b2a14It looks like spring is finally here to stay in the Twin Cities area.  And spring for many homeowners signals remodeling.  Are you among them?

There are many reasons to remodel a home.  Perhaps you like where you live but you want to add more space. Normally it is more affordable to renovate the home you're living in currently to suit your needs rather than moving out and getting a new home. Many homeowners are able to get what they want, at an affordable price through remodeling plus you get to stay in that area that you like. Make sure to look into remodeling fully before you start the process of selling your old home and obtaining a new one.

Choose Your MN Home Improvement Contractor Carefully

This is important; you need to ensure that you take your time as well. You want to make sure to find out if they are reputable, affordable and licensed to do the work that you want them to do. You should also make sure to get estimates to make sure what you're considering is in your price range. You also want to verify that they have insurance(both liability and worker's comp) for the job that you want them to do. You also want to know what exactly they regularly do.  Some companies are jack-of-all trades; others are specialists.  For instance, at Quarve our niche is exterior home improvements, and we're able to handle your window, roofing, door and siding installation needs.

Do Your Research

Make sure to do your research as soon as you start thinking about remodeling since you want to know the best way to go about it, as well as the best options that are out there. Figure out your financing as well.  You want to get the best and most affordable to your budget and you want to know that the choice you make is the right one. Check for ideas around the web and make sure to get a clear idea of what it is that you want to have done. You need to let the contractor know what exactly you want to have done.  Being clear on what you have in mind before you meet with your contractor is extremely helpful.  If you have a general idea but are vague on the specifics, an experienced home remodeling contractor can help you sort through your options.

Know Your  Remodeling Timeline

Having an idea of the time frame for your project will help you plan your day-to-day life.  But often construction might take longer than originally planned.  This is common and to be expected, but you need to have a clear expectation of what is going to happen. You and the contractor can work together to figure out a good timeline and then add a week to it just to make sure. Always know that surprises can happen along the way and you should be prepared for them.  A reputable contractor will communicate with you and keep you up to date on changes in schedule.

Plan for Disorder

With any renovation project, you should plan to be disorganized and cluttered a bit. There might be dust that gets on everything and things will need to be moved. A lot of contractors try to minimize the mess as much as possible and not interfere with your normal life, but sometimes it just happens and you have to make sure that you keep your items safe and that you are prepared for the clutter and mess that comes with home renovations.  If you've got pets, be sure to take their needs into consideration.  You may want to consider boarding them out while your project is going forward if it's a major one that disrupts the home.


Always make sure to have a reasonable budget in mind for the project that you're going to be doing. You do not want to be surprised with the estimates. By doing your research on the type of project you're undertaking, you shouldn't have any surprises along the way in price. It is always good to have a bit extra allowed for the project rather than less.  The unexpected happens, and an unknown problem could be uncovered in the middle of your project.

We're here for the exterior remodeling needs of Minneapolis and St. Paul home and business owners.  For more than 30 years we've been one of the leading MN full-service exterior home improvement contractors.  Speak with us here at Quarve to get siding, windows, doors, gutters, fascia, roofing and other work done. We are a licensed and insured contractor, and we're happy to help with the renovating plans that you have.  Call today to schedule a free estimate - 763.785.1472.