1. Plan ahead. Making product selections early can avoid delays later. Proper planning can also help keep you on budget. You'll end up making the same decisions, but you'll know what they're going to be and what they're going to cost ahead of time.
2. Remember the big picture. Long-term maintenance, energy loss, and repair expenses can add up quickly, so make sure you include them in your calculations when comparing prices.
3. Find good help. Hire contractors who have more than three years experience, membership in the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), a good record with the Better Business Bureau, and positive customer references. Most importantly, select a remodeler you trust.