Home Remodeling Plan Easy Step-By-Step Guide – Create A Remodeling Project Plan
Most people do more planning to prepare for a wedding than for any other event. The average wedding lasts 6 hours and planning starts an average of 16 months before the big day. Remodeling projects can take weeks to months to complete. You might be living with the end result for a very long time whether you like it or not. Either way, it is best to take remodeling planning seriously.
Your remodel will be a daily in-your-face reminder of the amount of effort you put into remodeling project planning.
Think about your remodeling project plan one week at a time. Like planning a wedding it helps to follow a timeline of scheduled tasks for each week leading up to the project, during construction, and upon completion.
Remodeling Plan Step By Step Guide
- Collect ideas and design looks online or in print that inspire you.
- Make a list of remodeling project wants versus needs.
- Spend time in the areas of your home you want to change.
- Determine the remodeling projects you plan to move forward with.
- Figure out the budget for the remodeling project.
- Raise the budget by 10% for the unexpected.
- If you need to save money to do the project stay here for as long as it takes.
- Read reviews and get recommendations from people you know for a home remodeling contractor in your local area.
- Contact contractors and ask them what they include in a written estimate or quote for your project.
- Schedule an in-home meeting with a home remodeling contractor to get your first quote.
- Make a list of questions you want to ask the contractor during the visit about the project, remodeling project plan, and specific scope of work.
- No matter how well or how poorly your meeting with the first contractor goes you must see at least three.
- Receive Your first official quote for the remodeling project. This should include accurate measurements of the areas of your home to be remodeled.
- Take what you learned from contractor #1 and find contractor #2 and contractor #3.
- Contact contractor #2 meet with them in your home to prepare the second quote.
- Repeat for contractor #3.
- Get quotes from all 3 contractors.
- When you have all three quotes compare them. It is easy to compare bids from several contractors. Look at the cost of labor, materials, and the whole job.
- Select a contractor for the job.
- Read 10 of the most positive reviews and negative reviews for the contractor.
- Get real local references from any contractor you are thinking of hiring.
- Really call the references and talk to them about their experience with the contractor.
- Get proof of insurance from your contractor.
- Make sure your contractor has a current license with your state.
- Get a proposal from the home remodeling contractor in writing.
- Anticipated start and completion dates
- Scope of work
- Permits needed
- Description of materials
- Description of procedure
- Warranty information
- Deposit and payment schedule
- Proof of insurance
- Contact information for the company.
Remodeling contractors must have liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage. You do not want to hire contractors who are not insured. It is not worth the risk. If the company you hire is uninsured and a worker is injured working on your remodeling project, you and your insurance absorb the liability.
A reputable contractor provides proof of insurance multiple times a day sometimes to customers and others. It is a part of doing business for them. It is absolutely fine to ask for proof and will not offend any home remodeling contractor.
- Check with your local permit office for applicable permits required for your project
- Carefully analyze the agreement and sign it or negotiate changes and sign a revised agreement.
- Prepare your home and the people and pets who live there for the renovation.
- Work with your contractor to order any materials for the project. Light fixtures, appliances, flooring and so forth.
- Select paint colors.
- Materials are delivered.
- Locate a place to store materials.
- You and your contractor need to find a place to store these materials during the project.
- Some materials take up a lot of room and most everything should be kept in a dry, cool, secure weather controlled space.
- Inspect all products on delivery
- Re-order any missing or damaged materials immediately to avoid long project delays.
- Prepare for your home to be a construction site next week. ‘
- Arrange remote accommodations or make part of your home a safe place to stay away from the noise for family and pets.
- Put items in storage, complete packing and safeguard all possessions.
- Make decisions about food and a budget for eating out, ordering in, or microwaving easy prep foods for you and your family and pets.
Contractors are working inside your home. Everything to be replaced is removed. this stage of your remodeling plan is referred to as Demo. It is short for demolish. It is loud and dirty and you will probably want to stay away during the process.
Week 11 to Completion:
- Installation begins.
- Work with your contractor to make an installation schedule for materials to be installed and when.
- Check progress and quality of work daily,
- Document everything with photo and video.
- Take photos each day from the same angles for easy to match up before and after photos.
- Keep a tab on materials installed versus materials ordered.
- Note over ordered materials and confirm with the contractor.
- Some materials can be returned others cannot. Check with your contractor.
Installation usually happens in a predictable order:
- Appliances Delivered
- Plumbing: appliance, sink and fixture installation
- Electrical: appliance and lighting installation
Making a remodeling project plan is easy if you do it step-by-step. Stick to your plan, but understand that the unpredictable will happen. Delays will happen. Preparing will help you when you feel less overwhelmed. Remember throughout the process that remodeling is hard for everyone. They all get through it and so will you.