Remember when you bought your home? It was amazing, wasn’t it? You’ve lived in your home for years now, and you’ve made many wonderful memories there. Now it is time to give the old place a face-lift, but you might be wondering where to start. With a little planning and the right information, your home renovation project can be a great success. By working with the right people, sticking to a budget, and determining your priorities, you can fall in love with your home all over again. Consider these five areas when planning your next home remodeling project.
Hire a Contractor
When it comes to home remodeling, it is important to hire the right person for the job. Start by asking people you know and trust about their contractors: word of mouth is still the best way to find someone who does home renovations. Friends and family will be the first to tell you about good and bad experiences they have had during the remodeling of their kitchens, bedrooms, or otherwise.
Ask for references from your newly found remodeling contractor, and actually check the references. You don’t want to get stuck with a contractor who leaves you hanging or takes the money and runs. Most importantly make sure they are licensed, certified and insured.
What Should You Remodel First?
When considering your home remodel, consider which rooms you use the most. Obvious choices including remodeling your kitchen, or remodeling your bathroom. These are two rooms that you use frequently, and that guests of yours will also see.
If you are leaning more toward remodeling your bedroom or another living space, consider alternative sleeping or living arrangements during the home renovation. It will be important to know where you’ll sleep while your bedroom is being torn apart and put back together.
Remodeling your kitchen or remodeling your bathroom will likely be the most expensive renovations you will undertake in your home. Consider how much money you have set aside or are willing to invest in your home remodeling project. You’ll need to come up with a budget and add about 15% to it – every home renovation project goes over budget. There’s always something you’ll forget and need to spend money on during the lifespan of the renovation, and it usually happens right away!
Consider the Timeline
With the help of your contractor, you can plan for your home remodel. Home renovations always take longer than originally anticipated, so just plan for that now. Don’t be alarmed when your contractor says it could take twice as long as you originally planned. And then add a few more weeks onto that estimation, just to be safe.
Remodeling Improves the Value of Your Home
Home remodeling is a great way to add value to your aging or dated home. Remember that investing a lot of time and money into a remodel is a big deal, so you want to ensure you spend the money where it counts. Buying expensive accessories won’t add value to your home, whereas purchasing a granite countertop will add a lot of value to your home. You can talk to your contractor to work your “must haves” into your budget.