As empty-nesters downsize and tiny homes are trending, if you are in the market for a new home, buy one that is just the right size for you.
Don't overlook the details. A house is the single largest investment a person makes in their lifetime. Now that you have taken the leap, don't overlook the details that will turn your house into your home.
Have a budget and stick to it. Don't get sucked into the trap of thinking "since the walls are already open, we might as well..." Unless you have a bottomless budget, it is ok to complete your remodel in stages.
Understand that everything is interconnected. By removing a wall, you need to ask how it affects the floor, ceiling, cabinets, etc. Any change or modification tends to have a ripple effect elsewhere.
Do your research. All contractors are not created equal. Interview your contractor as if you were hiring them to work for your company. Check into references. Look at pictures of prior projects. Communication is key. If they aren't responding, it's time to move on!