Have a specific plan of what you want done.
Before you even start, it’s important to know what exactly it is you want to do. Do you want to completely redo the kitchen, or do you want to put in a new shower in a bathroom? Browse magazines for ideas, or ask friends whose homes you like what exactly they did. From there, you can know whether or not you can do it yourself or if you will have to hire someone.
In addition, planning thoroughly is important because it could affect the outcome of other projects. For example, let’s say you want to add siding to your home. You will need to check if there are other repairs or things that could influence the siding, such as windows, paint, and so forth.
You will also want to prioritize your projects. For example, if you only have the budget for one project, and you need a new roof but would also like to redo your master bathroom, the new roof should take priority.
It’s also a good idea to check local laws and ordinances before you begin remodeling. Make sure your homeowner’s association allows the project you would like to do, so you don’t end up wasting money if they don’t approve it and you’re already halfway finished.
Create a budget.
First, determine how much you want to spend. Then, you can determine whether you can tackle all the projects at once, or whether you will need to break them up and work on one this year, another next year, and so forth.
When making a budget, make sure you take into account not just materials, but labor and clean-up too. Costs you may not think about, like renting industrial vaccums, carpet cleaning, or dumpsters can add up.
That said, most experts will tell you it’s a good idea to have a little extra set aside just in case, as many remodeling projects go over budget. Or, the home owners decide they would like to add something new; for example, if they originally planned on replacing countertops and then ended up putting in new cabinetry as well.
The time of year you decide to do remodeling will make a difference as well. Some things are obvious – you don’t want to wait until summer is half over to install central air, nor do you want to put a swimming pool in in the dead of winter.
Spring is often an ideal time for remodeling for a number of reasons. The weather is usually ideal, and most people have recovered from the costs of the holiday season.
Home improvement remodeling is an exciting way to add not only value to your home, but to make it a more pleasant place to live. By careful planning and budgeting, you can make the most of your home improvement.