Remodeling a home can be exciting for everyone involved. Choosing colors, fixtures and other materials can be overwhelming at times. To help with the stress of a remodeling project, there is a system you can follow to help organize the chaos.
1. Why Are You Remodeling?
Want to sell your home? Will your parents will be moving in with you? Is your family expanding? Or are you just tired of the same layout? Before you start contacting contractors and picking out appliances, know why you are spending money and taking time to remodel.
If you’re selling your home, consider the look that will get a buyer’s attention. You also need to research the neighborhood specs to ensure that your remodeling project matches the price point in that area.
If you need to add storage space or create a roomier layout, consider what your family needs are. Remodel your home to resolve issues. Prioritize what’s important for you to have and what items you can do without.
2. Design Ideas
Start a design file to organize your design ideas and inspiration. There are many sources where you can get color schemes and layout ideas.
- Design/Home/Remodel Magazines
- HGTV - TV Shows, Magazine, Online Platforms
- Friends and Neighbors
3. Set a Budget
Once you know the extent and type of design you’re going for, start pricing materials, appliances, and items that you’re going to need. Consider the quality of the materials. Request quotes from remodeling contractors.
Also, investigate long term costs when choosing products and materials to use for your home: Will this product last long term? Is it cost-effective? Are there expensive maintenance costs? Will energy costs increase or decrease?
You’ll also want to include a contingency fund of approximately 20% of the cost of the project and consider any extra expenses that arise as a result of the remodeling project -- eating out for kitchen remodels, for example. This will help you cover unexpected expenses after the project starts.
How will the remodel be financed? If you already have the money in your savings account, that’s wonderful. Taking out a loan? Check with the remodeling company to see if they offer financing.
4. Allow Enough Time
The time it takes to complete a remodeling project depends on the size and details of the project. It might take longer than expected, so be prepared. Contractors must get planning permission and permits for certain projects.
If you’re hoping to have the project completed by a certain date, make sure you leave up to a month of wiggle-room in case of delays. You want the contractors to provide quality work, so don’t want to rush them to finish a project.
5. Find a Qualified Contractor
Find a reputable remodeling contractor in your local area. Ask friends, family, and neighbors for referrals. Professional remodelers take their reputation seriously and hold credentials beyond licensing, such as certifications, memberships in trade associations and additional training.
Allow the remodeler to offer you solutions for the design ideas you want. Ask to see the proper documentation: licenses, insurance, permits, and past remodel projects. You also need to request an outline and timeframe for your project. They should be able to tell you how the remodeling process will work.
Thoroughly review contracts. A remodeling contract protects you and your remodeler. Review it carefully and ask for clarification of terms you don’t understand. Pay attention to details about change orders, payment, additional fees, timelines and responsibilities.
6. Communication Plan
Ask for a communication plan at the beginning of the project. The roles of everyone involved should be made clear as well as the frequency of communication. Figure out a good system of communication with your design team. This can include communication by email, text or telephone.
7. Understand & Enjoy the Process
When a remodeling company quotes the timeline as 6 months, that doesn’t mean the construction will be complete in 6 months. It means that part of that time will include the design and selection phases, and the other part consists of construction and cleanup. Some of those phases may overlap, but there can be delays due to backorders, waiting for permits, etc.
Try to enjoy the process of improving your home and working with your contractor. This will help you be patient with the remodeling process. Think of the result: a rewarding transformation rather than the inconvenience of the process.
Ready for your home to be transformed? Finnteriors has the expertise for home remodels. Our experienced professionals can assist with design ideas, planning, and material selection. We understand that your family’s needs are important. That’s why we will work with you to keep your daily life on track with limited interruption. Contact us today for a consultation.