Most homeowners decide to remodel because they want to put their home on the market, have just moved in and want to update, or have lived in their home for many years and it needs an overhaul. Giving your home a fresh update is a great idea if you can afford it. Before you reach for that hammer, here are 8 tips to consider so your project is smooth sailing.
- Expect bumps in the road. If you expect a few hiccups, they won’t come as a surprise when they happen. Tools break, helpers get sick, supplies run low, but keep your focus on the finished product. You will run into challenges, but have a plan for a way to distress when times like these arise. Take time to relax and revamp yourself.
- Have a plan. Do you plan on putting your home on the market soon? If so, you shouldn’t make any major changes. Doing so could significantly increase the price of your home and it may not be suitable in your neighborhood. Do you plan to stay in your home in the foreseeable future? If so, you need to consider the impending needs of your family. For example, weigh the price of a kitchen remodel with the price of rising college tuition.
- Envision. There are home design software programs to help you visualize what you want to remodel. Do your research and envision what you want to do before you hire an architect.
- Financially Plan. Try to set a limit and make sure you are able to cover any extra spending with back up funds. It is extremely common for home projects to go over budget, be prepared.
- Ask for advice. Family, friends, and neighbors have all done their share of home remodeling, ask them about their experiences. They can help you with suggestions on great contractors or a good place to buy supplies. The internet is also a great tool to find information on common obstacles as well as useful remodeling tips.
- Get legal permits. You must acquire a legal permit before you make a structural change to your home to guarantee your project is in accordance with safety regulations and building codes. The paperwork for your permit can be done by a general contractor, but smaller independent contractors may not do them for you. Overall, whether you have a general contractor or independent contractor, it is the homeowners’ responsibility to acquire a permit.
- Prepare a contract. A written contract will help you avoid any misunderstandings and hidden fees. It guarantees that everyone involved understands exactly what is being done, when it will be done, and how it will be done. Be sure to lay out guidelines for behavior and actions regarding problem situations.
- Put together a team. Whether your project is big or small, a team of helpers can make your remodeling job much easier. Depending on your plan, you will want to hire architects, builders, plumbers, etc. Be sure that every member of your team understands your vision and plan for the project. Even if your helper comes highly recommended, another team member may be a better fit if you don’t share the same vision.
The information in this blog was summarized from: http://architecture.about.com/cs/repairremodel/bb/remodel.htm