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For Houston homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey, recovery will take weeks—perhaps even months. We have been sharing tips and resources on the Cabinets & Designs blog for homeowners, and this week we are sharing some “dos and don’ts” to help you navigate recovery and renovation after the hurricane.
- DO go to look for a reputable contractor, with a record you can trust.
- DON’T get scammed because you’re in a hurry to find a contractor (or designer, or other professional). Ask for—and check—references!
- DO take your time and find someone you enjoy working with—a renovation is a long process, and a post-hurricane renovation can be even longer and more complicated. Set yourself up for success by considering the importance of rapport.
- DON’T ask people who work on commission to go the extra mile just to get a competitive quote, and then work with someone else! Everyone’s time is in high demand, from designers to contractors, so please be kind and courteous.
- DO be prepared with sketches and/or diagrams (including measurements) to make the most of your time with your kitchen designer. Bring at least a rough floor plan, including openings for doorways, appliances, etc.
- DON’T make hasty decisions because you’re in a panic and stressed about money—take your time, so you have the kitchen you want in the end.
- DO be wary of too-low estimates; if someone is lowballing you with a “too good to be true” quote, it probably is too good to be true
- DON’T pay contractors large sums of money up-front. Unfortunately, there are some people who will take advantage of others after a natural disaster so protect yourself, and be wary of scam artists.