Remodeling your home isn’t exactly something you’re probably looking forward to – at least not in theory. Nobody loves the idea of their home being turned upside down and workmen coming in and out all day long for months on end. Still, you’re probably looking forward to how your home will look and how much more functional it will be when you’re finally done.
The hassles are the real reason that it’s important to plan the right way. Use these tips to help you plan a remodel the right way so you’re happy with your home when it’s finally done, and so you can guarantee the process is as painless as possible.
1. Know Your Needs
Before you move forward on a home remodeling project you need to know what you need. Do you need an extra bedroom for a child or elderly relative? Do you need more kitchen space because you’re looking to sell and you know your kitchen is undersized for your area?
Sit down and make a list of what you need before you actually make any phone calls. If you don’t you could end up wasting a lot of time talking to contractors only to learn that you need to go back to the drawing board. Even worse, you could waste a lot of money on a remodeling project that really isn’t ideal for you, your home or the value of your property.
2. Determine Your Desires
While getting what your home needs during a remodel is essential, you’ll also want to make a list of desires. Do you want extra space for a home office or theater room? Do you want a library in your house?
Make a list and a designer and contractor can help you get what you need and what you want.
3. Get Referrals
When you’re getting ready to start a remodeling job you need to look for a contractor that you can trust. In order to do that, you need to talk to people you know who have had work done in the past few years.
Talk to friends, family and even your coworkers. As long as you like the work they had done in their home you should consider meeting with their general contractor. Get details about the work and the process, but set up your own meeting.
You’ll learn a lot about the process simply by meeting different contractors.