A home remodeling project can seem overwhelming. Breaking it down into manageable steps is the key to success. Here are the steps to help you organize the process and get you to your end result successfully.
1. Set a Budget
Just like you set a budget when buying your home you need to do the same when it comes to remodeling. You want to make sure what you’re spending on your home is going to give you a good return whenever it comes time to sell.
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Be prepared for the unexpected by budgeting an extra 10% for those unknown things that can pop up. If you’ve watched any HGTV remodeling shows you know there can be hidden surprises when walls are opened up, etc.
2. Create a Project File
Start by looking for ideas online or in magazines of things you like. Resources like Pinterest or Houzz are good places to find ideas.
Create either an online folder or a hard copy of things you’d like to have in your new space. Having this folder will help show a contractor what you’d like in your new space as well as help you when you’re shopping for fixtures, tile, cabinets, etc.
3. Interview contractors or determine if it’s a DIY project.
Does the project have work you feel confident you can tackle – painting, replacing flooring, etc? If it’s a bigger project involving tasks outside of your scope of expertise, then talk to several contractors before deciding who to use.
Don’t go with just the lowest price as you know the old saying “you get what you pay for” is often true when it comes to home renovations.
Check for the contractor’s experience in the project type you’re wanting to have done, list of references and be sure he/she is licensed.
Lastly, don’t forget to check to see if you need a permit for anything you’re doing on your own.
4. Determine a Timeline
Need the project finished by a specific date? Be very clear in letting your contractor know this and make sure there’s a buffer for delays that inevitably will pop up. Working with your contractor to set expectations from the beginning will save you time and hassle, especially if there is a delay.
Be sure to order and receive all the necessary materials and supplies for your project in time for when they are needed to begin work. Don’t wait until a week or two before the project starts to go shopping for the materials you need.
5. Prepare for disruptions to your daily living pattern.
Depending on what you’re renovating will determine how much and for how long there will be disruption in your home. For example, if you’re remodeling a kitchen, plan in advance how you’ll handle meals. If you’re turning a bedroom into an office, think about where you will work during the renovations, etc.
6. Plan for the unexpected – Nothing ever goes 100% to plan.
One of the most common things that can happen are delays in receiving products you’ve ordered. An item you ordered with plenty of time is now on backorder. The other is something found during demolition or the remodeling that couldn’t be seen ahead of time and now warrants a change of plans.
Being flexible and willing to adapt will help keep you focused on the end result of your new living space.
Going through a home remodeling project is a bit like buying a home. There are challenges involved with it, but the end result is something you’re thankful for and as you look back and enjoy it you’ll be so glad you went for it.
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