One of the best parts about being a homeowner is having the ability to remodel your home if you choose. Remodeling your home is an exciting way to help your home meet your specific needs and goals without going through the stress of buying a new home altogether. Unfortunately, without proper direction, home remodeling can become quite stressful. Take these tips into consideration for a smooth renovation project.
Before you take a sledgehammer to a wall you dislike, it’s important to sit down and determine your end goal. Are your renovations to increase the value of your home for a future resale? Or do you plan on living in your home for the next few years? Make a list of reasons for the renovation as well as your home remodeling ideas. Once you decide on an overall goal, figuring out the rest of your home improvement project is easy.
One of the most important aspects of a home remodeling project is establishing a budget and then sticking with it. When you plan for your budget, make sure to add a contingency fund for potential unexpected costs that may arise during the renovation. If your home remodeling project requires you to stay in a hotel or eat out during the renovation, make sure to also include this in your budget. Once you establish your home remodeling budget, you will feel a sense of relief knowing that money won’t be a stress.
Now that you have a budget in mind, it’s time to consult your calendar. Are there Certain events or holidays in your life that you would like to have your project completed by? If so, mark them on your calendar to discuss with your contractor.
This home remodeling tip is a must because a contractor must sign-off on your home renovations to ensure they are up to code. You will spend a lot of time with your contractor so it’s important to find one that you compatible with. Browse through review sites or ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you used a real estate agent to buy your home, it might be worth your while to ask them for a recommendation as well. Read through reviews and try to get to know a contractor you’re interested in before you make a decision.
It’s important to make a plan for your home remodeling project. Your plan should include dates and times that the renovation will take place, a timeline, and what is exactly is going to be done. Your plan will help you stay at ease during your renovation because you will know exactly what stage of your renovation you’re at.
If you find that your contractor is a good fit, it’s important to sign a contract with your contractor to protect yourself. Your contract should cover a timeline for your home remodeling project, price, payment schedule, the specifications for materials and products, insurance information, trash removal, clean up, and access to your home. The contract will protect both you and your contractor from potential legal problems down the line.
Once you have chosen your contractor and your plan has been mapped out, your contractor will need to obtain the necessary permits to complete the renovations to your home. If you do not obtain the necessary permits for your home, it’s possible that a code inspector force you to remove all of your hard work. Before you begin any work on your home, make sure that you obtain any building permits to ensure your home is up to fire, structural and safety codes.
If your home remodeling project takes place in a regularly used room like a kitchen, bathroom or kitchen, make sure you have a temporary camp set up to replace that room. If your kitchen is undergoing renovation, set up a temporary kitchen with at least a fridge. You can choose to chook using a grill, microwave or hot plate if needed. Setting up a temporary camp for the room you’re renovating will allow you to maintain your normal routine during the renovation process.
The last tip to take into consideration before your contractor gets to work is to pack away your valuables and possessions away from the renovation zone. You don’t want to see your most prized possessions damaged because you forgot to put them away. Store away your valuables somewhere safe in your home or in a storage unit for peace of mind.
Communication is key when it comes to home remodeling. If you are unhappy with your contractor’s quality of work or they are doing something you disagree with, speak up! There’s nothing worse than spending thousands of dollars on a home renovation project that you are unhappy with. Whether it’s a disagreement or you changed your mind about a color or design, keep your contractor in the loop of your thoughts and feelings so that they can give you your ideal results.
This tip goes hand in hand with communication with your contractor. If you have a question that pops up during the planning phase, the actual renovation or even after the completion, don’t hesitate to ask your contractor a question. Having your questions answered will give you peace of mind during your home remodeling project.
Thanks to these 11 home remodeling tips, you can expect to have a smoother renovation project for your home. Saving yourself from future stress can make the entire home renovation process a fun and exciting experience. Now it’s time to get creative and enjoy transforming your home into one you love. If you need help finding a home to remodel, give Steve Beaupre, REALTOR a call today.
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