There’s a lot of work that goes into a home reno, and to execute correctly, you’ve got to have a plan in place. Click here to learn how.
When planning a home reno, it’s tempting to jump right to picking out paint, fixtures, and decor.
Did you know that 12% of couples consider divorce while undergoing a home renovation? It doesn’t have to be that stressful.
For any renovation to go well, you have to slow down and map out some important steps. Here are some tips on how to remodel a house.
Understand Your End Goal
Before you dive in, determine what your goal is for this home reno. How extensive is this home remodel? Are you renovating to improve the resale value of your home?
If so, be sure you don’t overshoot and go beyond the value of the other homes in your neighborhood.
Even if your project is cosmetic, consider structural upgrades that will make your home more energy efficient. If you’re adding or replacing drywall, for example, now may be a good time to add insulation to the walls.
Make a Budget for Your Home Reno
Make a budget and stick with it. This is probably one of the most important aspects of a home renovation project. A budget can and should include a contingency fund for those unexpected costs.
Now is also a good time to decide how much (if any) of the remodel you can do yourself to cut costs. This isn’t the time to be ambitious, only do what you know you have the skills to accomplish yourself.
Review the Family Calendar
Start with your targeted end date and work backward. Along the way, look at your family’s schedule to be sure you account for any special events that may slow down progress.
Also be sure to incorporate up to a month of extra days to account for unforeseen surprises.
Take your time on this part. Research the contractors in your area. Consult with family, friends, and neighbors. Ask about their experience as well as references.
Once you have a contractor like Home Designs in your home for estimates, ask as many questions as you can to get a feel for their business approach and efficiencies.
Consider Your Pets
If you have pets, they will find the chaos of a home under construction extra stressful. You may want a trusted friend or family member take your animals in for at least part of the time.
It may also be a safety consideration because workers are in and out all day long, opening doors. Your animals could be injured or escape.
Plan Ahead for Outages
Depending on how your plumbing is set up, you may be without water for short-to-long periods of time.
Plan ahead by gathering containers of water, some for drinking and cooking, others for the bathroom. For bathrooms, fill the tub and leave a water bucket handy for refilling the toilet bowl.
Building permits are necessary. Often, the contractor handles those. Be sure you know whose responsibility it is to obtain the permits.
Building permits ensure your reno meets fire safety and structural requirements. Code inspectors can make you redo any work that’s not up to code. That’s a headache you want to avoid.
You’re On Your Way
Keeping your goal and budget in mind will put you on the path for a successful home reno.
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