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Tips for Planning a Home Remodel

Initiating a home remodeling project without any planning can result in the loss of your money, time, and effort. Therefore, construct a proper plan before replacing old things and installing new ones.

Here are some tips that can help you make your home remodel successful.

Know Your End Goal

Before making any decision, you need to think about the end goal for your remodeling project. Is the purpose of remodeling improving the resale value? Or are you planning to stay in this house for many years?

Check your neighborhood before starting any remodeling project. Look for the projects that have raised the value of other properties in your location. Also, check which remodeling is overdo for your area. When you have a proper plan for your future, you can determine how far you can go with your project.

Define Your Budget

Planning for a project that suits your budget and sticking to it is the most crucial part of the remodeling plan. To create a budget, determine how much money you can spend in total.

Also, create a budget that covers the following expenses.

  • Planning / Design costs

  • Permit fees

  • Contractor cost (which normally includes labor and building materials)

  • Finish materials cost (fixtures, appliances, cabinets, tiles, flooring, etc.)

  • Unexpected cost

It’s a good practice to define a separate budget for your finish materials. This is an area where you have full control on where to put your money. Ask your contractor for guidance to make sure you shop in the right places and for the right material. Maybe you can even enjoy his contractor discount for certain materials.

Hire the Right Contractor

For home remodeling, you are actually hiring a team - a project manager, a designer/planner and a crew of workers, all under one hat of a general contractor. This team need to be a well oiled machine where all its members support each other for best outcome.

It’s important to avoid choosing the contractors by only considering their costs. A cheap contractor might eventually cost much more than the more expensive one you didn’t hire. Not to mention, you are not paying just for a quality of work, but also for the experience that you wish for during the remodeling project. So take both into consideration when choosing the right contractor.

When you are searching for contractors, examine their knowledge, approach and experience during your conversation with them. Apart from this, also ask your contractor about their previous projects. You can also ask them to show pictures of their projects or ask their older clients to share their experiences. Seeing their work can help you understand their level of skill and knowledge. Moreover, look for reviews on the internet, as some contractors also have an online presence.

Make a Home Remodeling Timeline

Defining the right timeframe for your home remodel is very important for a successful project. Sit down with your contractor and decide on the right time to start the remodeling, the timeframe required for the pre-construction phase of planning, design and pulling any permits that might be required. Everything should be planned around projected delivery of materials. Plus, decide which part of the remodeling should be completed first.

Further, allocate extra days to the project completion to deal with unexpected issues that might arise.

Consider Packing Up

If you want to make the remolding work less stressful and easy, consider decluttering. Move or pack up any unnecessary items from the remodeling area.

If you don’t have any safe and secure space in your house, consider renting an onsite storage pod or offsite lock. This way, you can keep your belongings clean as well as secure.

Bottom Line

In a nutshell, you need to do some homework before initiating your home remodeling project. Once you know what design and style you want, what materials you need, and which contractors are the best for the job, you can get your desired results.

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