Home remodeling can be an expensive and frustrating job, and seeing it to completion can drive any homeowner insane. However, there are some things you can do to make the process easier and smoother. This blog will walk you through 5 tips for planning a home remodeling project and executing it successfully.
Planning a Home Remodel – How to Do It
Set a Budget
Your financial reserves are one of the primary factors determining which parts of your home you can and cannot remodel or whether or not a complete home remodel is a feasible option. That is why setting a budget and sticking to it is one of the most vital aspects of planning a home remodel.
Remember to set aside a contingency fund for any unforeseen expenses and incidental expenses such as having to eat out during a kitchen renovation or staying in a hotel for a night or two. It’s natural to want a top-of-the-line home remodel; however, minor modifications can sometimes be enough to make your home appear more valuable. Before giving the project the go-ahead, do your homework and make a budget.
Consult the Calendar
If you hope to have a newly remodeled home for a holiday or special occasion, start with the end date by which you want the remodeling to be completed and work your way backward. To account for any unanticipated project delays, add in a few weeks to a month in your calculations for some wriggle space in case of setbacks along the road.
Learn From Others’ Experiences
Have a chat with your neighbors, friends, and family about any home remodels they’ve completed and the problems they’ve encountered along the way. Listening to others’ experiences and taking pointers on how to avoid the problems they’ve faced can help you prevent unnecessary project delays and costs.
Know Your Limits
DIY renovations are an excellent way to cut back on remodeling costs while having meaningful interaction with your family and gaining a sense of accomplishment. However, attempting a job that is out of your comfort zone and one that you don’t know anything about nor are equipped to handle can quickly send the entire project downhill.
You should be well aware of which jobs you can properly execute and which should be left to the professionals, such as load-bearing walls, beam installations, roof repairs, and lead paint.
Hire a Good Contractor
Planning a home remodeling project as well as executing it can be made much easier by choosing a qualified and competent contractor. Speaking of a good contractor, the cost of services alone is not a very reliable factor in judging the competence of a contractor.
Following are some other factors you should consider when selecting a contractor for your home remodeling project:
- Years of Experience: Contractors with years of field experience and several projects under their belt are likely to be experts in their field and, therefore, should be given preference.
- Licensing: Any contractor you hire for your home remodeling should have the relevant licenses and certifications.
- Certificate Of Insurance: A good contractor will offer services covered by liability and workers’ compensation insurance.
- Testimonials and Referrals: What better way to evaluate the aptness of a contractor than to ask the people who have witnessed their services first-hand. Therefore, before you hire a contractor, read up on customer testimonials and ask for referrals.
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