Did you know that remodeling your home can offer you several benefits? For a start, it can increase the value of your property, and then in addition, it usually makes the house more comfortable and appealing while you live there. Remodeling may be a new concept to you, however, and so you may not know where to begin – in which case, don’t panic! We hope the following can shed some light.
Firstly, it’s vital to do your homework by creating a logical plan of action. Listing each of your proposed activities separately in the plan is important, because each step is a key part of ensuring the whole project goes smoothly, and you must be clear on each point before you proceed further.
But how do I develop the plan, I hear you cry? Well, please don’t panic. Once you take it step by step, it’s not as complicated as it might at first appear.
Firstly, it’s important that you don’t try to do too many things at once – so create a plan for one piece of the property at a time. Usually, people begin with the bathroom or kitchen area. These parts of the home afford a great deal of value both financially and in terms of the quality of life you receive from living in them, if they’re properly remodeled.
Secondly, take into consideration cost, time, and your ability to carry out the work in each room, before you start your project. Help yourself do this by making notes of the items that you’d like to change. This could be certain hardware you’d like to replace, or a plan of action for completely demolishing the entire area. While you’re designing the plan, make notes of the type of style that most interests you. Create a ‘wish list’ of what you’d like to see – then later, when you’re adding up the numbers, if it works out too expensive, you can make different choices to suit your finances, without having to change the entire project plan.
A question that you may need to ask yourself is, “Can I accomplish all of the work myself?” For small improvements, it may be more cost efficient to complete the task on your own. When it comes to larger jobs, you may need to hire a contractor. If so, it’s imperative that you do your homework on local companies – because the last thing anyone wants is to end up with a cowboy ruining their property and trying to charge for it, to boot.
It may help to keep in mind that you’ll often get what you pay for. Pay peanuts, and you may get monkeys! Here’s another tip: as a general rule, contractors must be licensed and bonded. Check this information before you grab the company offering the lowest estimate. You’ll often find that a contractor has low prices because they are not licensed.
Adding up the numbers is a sensible next step. Search online or in local business directories for the new hardware you want, so you can work out the cost before you start construction. The fees may skyrocket if you don’t create a budget and stick to it. Permits, labor, material fees all may need to be taken into account. Here’s another tip: It’s always a good idea to plan at least a thousand dollars over your budget for anything that could go wrong!
Then, before you begin demolition and building, you must consult your city codes. This is vital to be sure of all the laws in your town. You may need to purchase building permits, depending on what you are remodeling. If you do not meet the requirements of the city, the cost may turn out to be prohibitive.
While you’re going through all this, please try to enjoy yourself! Remember, you’re investing in your future! A home remodeling project can actually be a fun-filled experience. With the proper guidance, anyone can complete this goal.
To summarize: it is vital that you know what you are doing before beginning. If you make a mistake, the fees could rise considerably. Each project demands a complete plan of action. This includes research, homework of hardware and contractors as well as any permits that are required. Keep the cost down to a minimum with good planning and a healthy dose of common sense.