Owning a home isn’t just about buying a structure and moving into it. There are a lot of things you can do with a home once you own it, and one of the most fulfilling things is remodeling important spaces like the kitchen or bathroom.

But if you want to do this right, you’re going to have to learn a few things. We have some good beginning suggestions that can put you on the right path to a successful remodeling experience.

Think About Fixtures & What’s Behind Them

This is an especially important consideration for older homes that are several decades old with no work done in the intervening time. You’re probably thinking of getting new a stove, bathtubs, shower stall or other fixtures installed in this remodel, but what about the mechanisms that operate them?

Older homes that are suddenly going to play host to microwave ovens, dishwashers or a big, luxurious new bathtub might need more updates to keep up with these major changes. Old knob and tube wiring, for example, might not sit so well with modern electrical demands. And that old iron plumbing may be on its last legs and need a refresh to modern PVC pipes.

Nail Down Your Needs

Beyond just wanting to have a new bathroom or kitchen, what do you specifically want to get out of this room? Do you just want to update it so that you can more easily sell your home? Or do you want to personalize it in some way, such as optimizing your kitchen to better cater to your serious commitment to cooking with more counter space and storage?

Figuring out exactly what you want to get out of a room is going to make it much easier to nail down the kind of remodeling you want. An open space concept for a kitchen may make more sense to you if you want to socialize in this space with family friends.

On the other hand, just adding a new bathroom to reduce arguing about bathroom access in the home means you won’t need an elaborate luxury bathtub.

Get Good People

You’ll want experienced professionals to do this work if you want to enjoy a lifetime of great experiences in your new rooms. And while you won’t have any shortage of available businesses willing to do the work, you’ll have to put in some effort to make the right choice. People you trust may have their own recommendations which is always a good place to start, but don’t ignore the Internet.

Between the numerous customer testimonials that successful businesses will proudly put on display, and the user reviews that you can find online, it’s not as hard as it once was to find reliable people vouched for by many satisfied customers.