10 Tips to Prepare for a Successful Project before Remodeling Your Home
Remodeling is never something to take lightly, even if the work is minimal in scope. There is always the chance of an issue arising and causing confusion or setbacks, but there is much you can do to avoid or prepare for these. The following tips will help your next remodeling project a success.
- Work out the details. A little planning goes a long way in home remodeling. A good plan shapes the budget, and identifies some the products, fixtures and materials you will use. When you can plan ahead, you will be in a better position to deal with unexpected challenges or delays.
- Choose the right contractor. Never be swayed by cheap rates when looking for a professional to do work on your home. The contractor should have a good reputation in the industry and experience with dealing with the project in question.
- Assess previous work. A good way to get an idea of what the contractor is capable of is to look at some of the jobs they have done. The contractor can provide photos, or you can visit the sites of ongoing projects.
- Get a contract. No work should start before a contract is in place. It should cover the budget, the start and completion dates and the exact nature of the work. Be sure to ask questions to get an understanding of the contract.
- Be realistic. It is easy to lose sight of your goals are the realities of the project starts to overwhelm you. By communicating with the contractor early, you can have realistic expectations for the project. You will also be better prepared to deal with emergencies.
- Plan for the inconvenience. A remodeling project will disrupt your daily life for a while. Make preparations before starting to reduce the stress on your family. If you are doing extensive work on the kitchen, set up a temporary cooking area.
- Consider an open floor plan. More homeowners are craving larger living spaces. Opening up hallways to connect rooms is an easy way to achieve this. This can also be done by removing some wall sections.
- Think about DIY. Doing some of the work is not always the best move. Building codes sometimes require that only a professional carry out certain tasks. It may be unwise to do work you are not familiar with, as it could prove costly if mistakes are made.
- Prepare for extra costs. With any remodeling project there is the possibility of unexpected costs. It is recommended that you add 10 to 15% to the proposed budget so you that you can deal with these issues.
- Select materials carefully. More expensive materials are not always the best fit for a project. Many lower cost options are attractive and durable, and are capable of adding value to the home.
These are points that should be considered before the project is underway. We will help you to know what to expect along the way and ensure that communication is maintained in order to keep the goals on track.