Hello all. I am in the foreign service and will retire next year after living overseas for 32 years. Our home is in the panhandle of Florida and it was built in 1972 with no upgrades of any kind. We need to upgrade everything from electrical, plumbing, flooring and we need to open up the house to let more light in and improve the house flow - we plan to remove some existing walls to do this. I know we have a lot of work to do and I want to do as pre-remodeling planning as possible. Even though we have not a clue of what to expect. I don't know what the project will cost which really worries me, or the best way to pay for it. We know we will need to hire a general contractor to coordinate the entire remodel. But that is where we don't know what happens after that. Does anyone have suggestions or is there a check-list to help us figure how to save time and money regarding the time-line and tips to help us make the process go as smooth as possible? I appreciate any suggestions. We have a floor plan of the new layout we want the remodeled home to look like (that we both agree on).