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How to Plan Your Home Improvement Project with a General Contractor?

Achieving the desired results of your home improvement plan requires attention to detail. Whether it is a full home renovation or kitchen remodeling, you need to stay organized and plan every detail with the contractor.

If you are ready to embark on the journey to improve your home, here are the things that you need to discuss with your contractor.

Set a Purpose & Budget for Your Project

Every homeowner can have a different reason to remodel his home. Start by setting a purpose for your project. Whether it’s to expand the space, incorporate the latest designs, or change the layout to meet your family’s changing needs. Set your priorities and clearly state the things you are not willing to sacrifice.

Create a Timeline

It helps you manage time effectively and track the progress of the project. You can break down the project into smaller tasks and set a timeline for every task. If you find the project is behind schedule, you can make adjustments and determine potential delays. Sometimes you might expect things that you need to make additional repairs.

Finalizing Materials for Your Home Improvement

Selecting the right material for your home improvement project can be complex. Take time to research different materials and understand their pros and cons.

Once you have an understanding of the different materials, discuss the shortlisted options with the contractor. They can help you with the selection. Contractors have the experience and knowledge to suggest the right material for your project. You also need to consider the budget to finalize the right material for your project.

Organize your Home Remodel

You can start with utilities and move on to major changes later. You can schedule the smaller changes towards the end.

For instance: If you want to change the floor plan keep it at the top of your priority. Smaller changes such as installing new lighting fixtures, hanging curtains, etc. can be managed towards the end.

Plan for the Cleanup

Don’t wait until the end to plan cleanup. Discuss the plans with your contractor early. It is easy to forget about cleaning up. Planning for it early can help you save time spent at the end of the project.

Maintain Clear Communication with the Contractor

Maintain clear and open communication with the general contractor at every phase of your home improvement project. Remember to track the progress regularly and share your feedback or concerns with the contractor.


Home improvement projects can be overwhelming, and many unexpected issues can arise during the process. It is important to plan ahead to achieve the desired outcome. With proper planning and attention to detail, you can make your home improvement project an enjoyable experience.

Executive Assistant
Gosia, Executive Assistant

Gosia who was born and raised in Poland and started her career in construction seven years ago after her arrival to the US where she became a property manager in a highly sought-after area of San Francisco.

Through her years of property management, she has amassed a deep knowledge of construction processes, standards, principles, property management and resident services.

Her work has given her continuous exposure and opportunities to work alongside general contractors, real estate agents and property managers.

She is an energetic professional who doesn’t mind wearing multiple hats. Experienced in handling a wide range of administrative duties and executive support, her presence at Casa Utopia is an asset as she ensures the team is meeting client expectations in a timely and orderly manner.

Head of Operations
Idan, Head of Operations

With over ten years of experience in the construction industry, Idan is an asset to any construction project.

His knowledge has helped several homeowners enjoy a successful, stress-free experience with remodeling and reconstruction projects in Silicon Valley.

Idan’s strength is in creating affordable and quality-oriented budgets and risk-free plans that minimizes delays, change orders and cost overruns.

Through his commitment to excellence and dedication to professionalism, Idan has continued to exceed industry standards by forming strong professional partnerships based on integrity, ingenuity, and reliability.

Our Founder
Elior, Founder

Elior Shushan began his journey in 2011, working as an independent general contractor for a plethora of projects with various sizes and budgets, providing them with assistance in making the job run as seamlessly as possible. His on-field knowledge and expertise allowed him to garner a hand-picked team, surrounding himself with grade-A talent.

With a specialty in the custom home and remodeling industry, Elior expanded his knowledge and experience by integrating architectural designs and layouts into his work. His experience working with various clients and expectations as an independent contractor allowed him to scale up his projects into more complex and intricate ventures.

Since Casa Utopia’s founding in 2020, Elior has worked tirelessly to expand on the company’s vision, hoping to deliver his expert services statewide.

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