There’s updating your home and then there’s remodeling your home. The pros will tell you these are two very different things. Updating your home can be as simple as putting a new coat of paint on the walls. Remodeling, on the other hand, can mean completely ripping out your bathroom fixtures, adding beams where load-bearing walls were or demolishing your kitchen cabinets.
Remodeling is not for the faint of heart, but the rewards are great, both in return on investment and the overall enjoyment of your space. Before you take the plunge into home reno world, prepare yourself mentally and financially with these tips.
1.) Interview potential home remodel specialists and ask for references. Sit down one-on-one to talk wants, needs and realistic expectations.
2.) Decide when the best season is to complete your project. Spring is best for exterior projects like painting or replacing windows, which technically aren’t remodeling projects. Spring and summer are great for roofing and other outdoor projects, including outdoor kitchens and fireplaces. Winter and fall are ideal times for interior projects, including the big ones like kitchens and bathrooms.
3.) Should you live at home during your remodel? The length of your project may help you determine whether you live alongside the construction or you take a little vacation time. If you’re remodeling a kitchen, set up a makeshift food prep area in another room of the house.
4.) Know that major home remodels can oftentimes put a strain on relationships. Vow to have patience with each other, as well as with your contractor!
5.) If you live in a subdivision with building restrictions, be sure to get necessary permissions and documentation from your property owners association. Some neighborhoods do not allow construction to take place at certain times of day. Communicate this with your contractor to ensure everyone, including your neighbors are excited about your remodel.
Do you have questions about a potential home remodel? Contact a team member at Handyman Professionals for a consultation.