Homeowners across America find remodeling to be more economical and often preferable to a move-up home.Here are there steps you’ll need to take to prepare for a successful whole house remodel.Planning is Everything on a Whole Home RemodelNo matter what you do, never go into your project without the proper planning in place.From finding the right remodeling contractor to agreeing on a floor plan and material choices, planning is key.Instead of going solely from modern trends, think about your unique needs and what you actually want from your home.Maybe a basement conversion and finishing could bring you more living space?Write down your goals and the features you think your home is missing.This will help when it comes time to draw up plans with your contractor.Determine Your Budget and Communicate with Your ContractorYour initial budget will guide the rest of your project.Take advantage of the project to get in some of the much-needed work that has been neglected in recent years.Fresh paint, new light fixtures, and even replacement windows can all add value.