9 Things To Know Before Remodeling Your Home
Remodeling your home can be very exciting. You’re finally getting the dream kitchen or living space you’ve always wanted! However, it can also bring stress if you don’t know what goes into remodeling. We pulled together the 9 things you need to know before remodeling your home.
It is very important you have a budget. Without one, you could end up spending thousands of dollars for no reason. Be realistic with your budget but also be prepared that you may end up going over your budget. Definitely talk with an architect about your budget and ways you can cut costs without entirely giving up what you want.
Take time to really think over the style and feel you want the remodeled part of your home to have. Is there a specific tile flooring you want? Are you okay with mixing materials? Look at magazines, online, and print out pictures of the style or aspects that you like. You can even come up with a wish list if that helps you. Make sure to be realistic to what you can afford or be willing to wait and save money for what you want. An architect will be able to help you determine where your money will best be spent.
Before the remodel can begin, you need to contact a professional. An architect or contractor is who you’ll want to call. These professionals will help make sure your remodel is safe to live in and compliant with building codes. If you choose to DIY your remodel, we suggest you still talk to a professional for their thoughts. They may have better insight that could help you in the long run.
If you’re doing a big remodel, such as a whole house remodel, you may need to get a building permit before you start. Some smaller remodels won’t need the permit, but others will. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Talk with a professional and see what they have to say.
Unfortunately, the design you have in mind may need to change slightly to better work with your home. This won’t necessarily happen with every remodel but be prepared to make some changes if need be. These changes could be very small, others bigger. It all depends on the space the architect is working with and what you’re trying to achieve.
Who Is This Remodel For?
Is this remodel for you and your family’s needs? Or is it for bringing up your home value? If the remodel is for something other than personal needs, take a look at the value of the houses in your neighborhood. You want to make sure that when you remodel to add value to your home that it actually will bring up the cost. You don’t want to put $20,000 into a kitchen remodel only to have it not help your homes resale value. You can talk with a relator to find out the values of homes in your area.
Understand You Might Not Meet Your Deadline
Remodels can take longer than expected. A lot of it depends on the size of the remodel, if you have to order materials, unexpected things that need to be fixed, etc. A good rule of thumb is to take a look at your calendar and make sure that you have several months open. You definitely don’t want to be remodeling your home right before a big family gathering or event. Understand and be patient that it might take some time to get everything back to normal.
Your Home Will Get Dirty
No matter the size of the remodel, your home will get dirty. There’s nothing really that you can do to help it. So, be prepared to deal with dust and dirt for a few months. Just focus on your ultimate goal and how wonderful your remodel will look once it’s done!
Make Time For Phone Calls
Throughout the remodel, your contractor or architect will be calling you to ask questions, update you on the process, or let you know when they’ve ran into a problem. You could be getting calls every day or once every few weeks. Be sure to make time for these phone calls so your remodel can go smoothly and quickly.
With everything that comes with remodeling, try to stay focused on the end goal. This will help you relax more and will help make the process easier. For several months everything will be out of sorts but don’t let that scare you from turning your home into your dream house.