Remodeling your home can be one of the most exciting projects for you to take on. Whether you’re thinking about a bathroom or kitchen remodel, setting realistic expectations are critical to ensure your project goes smoothly. When planning a house remodel, it can be tempting to skip to the exciting stage of choosing new paint colors, fixtures and fittings. But in order for any renovation to go smoothly, there are several things to think about before you even begin. If you’re getting ready to start your next remodel, check out these tips to plan a successful remodel.
Determine Your Goals and Needs.
The first step in a remodeling project is to develop a plan that clearly states the goal for your renovation and includes designing inspiration and an outline of the work that needs to be completed. Understand why you are undertaking the project. Are you renovating to raise the resale value of your home? Or will you be staying put for years to come? Consider the condition of your neighborhood before you begin, and know which renovations are a good return on investment. If you’re looking to increase resale value, consider upgrades that can have the highest impact when going to market. If remodeling can make for a more comfortable space, create a list of “must-haves” then evaluate what’s feasible.
Create A Budget And Timeline
Knowing your budget—and sticking to it—is one of the most important parts of renovation planning. Remember to add in a contingency fund for any unexpected costs—and expect to use it. Your budget should include the costs for permits and building materials, labor costs and the cost of decorations or cosmetic touches. If you’re hoping for a brand new home for a particular event or holiday, make sure you look at your end date and work your way backward. Pencil in a few weeks to a month at the end in case there are delays to avoid disappointment. Be sure that your timeline includes time to clean out the project area, shipping and delivery of materials, and any applicable holidays that could impact your contractors.
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Prepare for the Process.
Regardless of the project, there will almost surely be noise, dust, and potential delays. Your daily routine will most likely be disrupted. Because it can be especially stressful when redoing the kitchen or bathroom, you’ll probably need to consider a backup plan. Remember to also de-clutter the work area and protect any belongings that might be in the way. If you’ve hired a contractor for any part of the job, be sure to be clear about your daily routine. Work with the contractor to come up with start and end times that cause the least disruption.
With these tips to plan a successful remodel, you can help take the stress out of your next project and enjoy the finished product!