As much as you might want to get this show on the road, a home remodeling project should be carefully planned in order to avoid unfortunate “surprises”. So take the time to follow these seven steps carefully, so that you can proceed with your remodel confidently.
Research the project. Obtain price quotes on labor and materials from several sources. Consider regional variables such as weather, permit restrictions, water quality, and anything else that might impact the viability of your plans. Researching on the internet can help you learn a lot, but keep your specifics in mind before you make final decisions. What works in one location won’t work in others.
Decide whether to DIY or hire a professional. Some smaller jobs can sometimes be performed by laymen, especially if no special tools are required. Others can quickly balloon out of control if you don’t have the right qualifications. When in doubt, leave the job to the pros.
Compare costs. As you’re deciding whether to DIY or hire a professional, remember to factor in the cost of tools that you might need to purchase or the cost of repairing mistakes. If you do hire a pro, remember that the lowest bid isn’t always the best bid. Inquire about what types of guarantees each contractor offers on their work, along with methods, quality of materials, and timeline for completion.
Consider your timeline. Speaking of timeline, let’s think about reality. Can you live without access to certain rooms (such as the kitchen or bathroom)? How long will people be in and out of your home? What’s the longest the job should take? Ask your contractor some specific questions. Plan around these difficulties or schedule the work for the most convenient time.
Evaluate your budget. It’s tempting to max out your budget on all the bells and whistles, but leaving room in your budget for surprises might be wise. You don’t want to run out of money in the event that you need to change course midway through a project.
Imagine what can go wrong. Preparing for potential problems is better than confronting them with no preparation. Always have a “worst-case scenario” plan.
Check with your homeowners insurance provider. Some insurance providers impose strict rules regarding licensed contractors, use of certain materials, or other specifications. It’s better to know about these things ahead of time, so that you don’t have to face conflict later.
As you plan for your home renovation, let us help guide the process. Call us with your questions and we can help you decide upon the next steps you should take.