Your home has served you well over the years. And, now it’s time for a little updating. This can be one of those times when it’s a good idea to gather some information before diving right into a remodel. Here are some tips to think about to help you through your project.
Know ahead of time how much you are willing to spend. Remodeling costs can add up quickly, depending on how big the project is. If you’re hiring someone to do some or all of the work for you, they’ll need to know what your budget is. It’s also a good idea to leave yourself a little wiggle room in case you find something along your remodeling journey that you simply can’t live without.
2. Hire the best contractor.
If you plan to hire a contractor to help with your remodel, take your time and make the best decision for both you and your home. Ask your family, neighbors, and friends for recommendations. Do an online search for reputable contractors in your area. You can even check with the?BBB?or other online review sites. Finally, schedule appointments to meet and discuss your project. With a little diligence, you’ll find the perfect fit for what you’re looking for.
3. Have a plan.
While little things may come up along the way that will alter your plan slightly, you’ll want to have a solid plan in place to keep you on track before any work is started. Think about these things when making your plan.
- Style: Whether you’re thinking about a trendy update or a traditional overhaul, make sure everyone that is involved in your remodel is aware of what your ultimate plan is.
- Colors: Make sure your contractor and anyone else that is working with you knows what your ending color scheme will be. Things could, unwittingly, happen along the way that would interfere with your desired finishing colors.
- Plan for yourself: Depending on how much work is being done, it might be a good idea for you and your family to not be in the home for some of the projects. You could take advantage of this time, enjoy a vacation, and return to your newly remodeled home.
- Neighbors: If your project might disturb your neighbors, it’s a good idea to let them know what’s going on, and how long it will last. Planning for peace is always a good idea.
Unless you plan on remodeling every few years, this isn’t the time to scrimp on quality. Buy the good appliances, use high-quality paint, and buy good wood and other materials. The reason that they cost more is usually that they’ll last longer. Investing in products that are durable will only enhance the integrity of your remodel for a longer period of time.
5. Keep your home’s value in mind.
Most remodels are about either expanding the home or enhancing and adding new features. But, sometimes, a more extensive remodel could involve tearing down walls and creating more space. You want to be careful to not lose any bedrooms or bathrooms in the process. Those rooms are two of the key factors in a home’s value.
6. Remodel or Replace
You’ve lived in your home for a while, and you pretty much know the condition of the structure itself. If you know that there is bad wood or something else that needs to be fixed, now is the time to decide if it can be repaired, or if it should be replaced.
7. Don’t skimp on the extras.
This is where that wiggle-room money will come in handy. During the remodeling process, you may come across some unplanned luxury item that you know will be perfect for your new look. It could be a recessed wine rack in the kitchen, a built-in shelf in the family room, or whatever is pulling at your heartstrings. If you think it will fit your theme and make you happy, indulge. You may not get a second chance for those luxuries.