Have drafty windows?…a leaky roof?…or peeling paint? Then it is probably time to stop putting off some of these much need renovations.
A home remodeling project could be quite intimidating and time consuming. Whether you recently purchased a home, or have been living in it for years, here are some helpful steps to take before starting any major home renovation project.
Have A Plan – The first thing a homeowner needs to do before any project gets started, is to sit down and write out a plan for their home. There is going to be a lot of work, time, and energy that goes into your project, so having a well thought out plan definitely helps. It is important to prioritize what is most needed and what could be considered the least “pressing” for your home.
What is the goal for your home? Do you need a new roof installed? Are you looking to make energy-efficient upgrades like windows or exterior coating? These decisions need to be made beforehand to help guide you through the entire project. A plan not only assists with your time, but directs your budget as well. Take your time, do your research, and make sure you stick to the plan.
Age of Home – If you are looking to renovate your home, then chances are your home has some age to it. Knowing the age of your home and when the last time the components of the home were upgraded, gives a homeowner good direction as to where to start with their project. How long has the roof been there? How old is the paint? Does your home have newer energy-efficient windows, or are they older, and in need of replacement? It is often suggested that these are the easiest areas of the home that can be addressed before moving onto any other projects.
And even if your home is not too old, there are still plenty of useful upgrades you can make that will increase your home’s value and curb appeal, as well as alleviate energy costs.
Contractor vs. DIY – Installing a faucet, changing a light bulb, no problem!… Installing new windows, a roofing system, or ArmorCoting your home…not so easy.
Many of us take great pride in fixing the home ourselves, but we should not assume we know how to do every project. There is no mistaking craftsmanship and professional work, so it is important to know your limitations. If you are looking at any structural changes to the home, or if the project is quite large, a professional contractor should be sought and consulted. A reputable contractor will know the ins and outs of your project through years of experience with similar projects. An experienced contractor will also be fully aware of permitting needs and inspection requirements with your city.
Have A Budget – As consumers, we know a quality product when we see it, and we also know that with quality comes a price tag. And just like with most goods, home remodeling projects vary greatly in their costs. From those with conservative budgets, to those looking to build their dream home, having and maintaining a realistic budget is vital to any home upgrade.
It is recommended that as a homeowner, you set yourself a budget. Only then will you be able to assess what is reasonably affordable for your home upgrade. Do your homework, ask around, and most importantly, consult a professional, in order to gain a wider scope of what your expected costs will be. Labor, materials, and permits are all factors in determining the cost of your project. Lastly, be sure to add 10-20% onto your budget for any unexpected issues that may arise. Many times, hidden structural or electrical issues are discovered, or styles and tastes change during the remodeling process; therefore, you should be prepared with a carefully planned budget.
Timeline – With so many home remodeling shows on T.V., many homeowners are given false expectations as to when their jobs should be completed. The timeline of any given project is determined by a number of factors. What is involved with your specific project? How much demolition or repairs will be needed? Which components will need to be manufactured, and how long will they take to be made? These are all important questions that your professional contractor will go over in detail with you.
Home remodeling projects are exciting, and you should have fun while doing them. However, having a plan, knowing your budget, and having realistic timeline expectations for your home will make the entire process much easier, and relieve a lot of stress. Be patient, make sure to maintain communication with your contractor throughout every step, and most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy the process!