The home you just purchased is in need of some TLC, or you just want your home to look better and perhaps add some new comforts to your home.
Either way, here are some basic questions you may want to ask yourself as well as some guidelines to aid you in your home remodeling project.
Hopefully, you have already decided which areas of your home you want to remodel. If not, the obvious first step is to figure out what exactly it is that you want to change about your home.
Are you planning on hiring an architect to help you home remodeling?
Perhaps you want to consult with a home remodeling expert?
These professionals can help you in establishing the look or theme that you want for your home. They can help you visualize how it may look once you are finished. By the way, make sure you establish a good rapport with the consultant and/or architect, and that they understand your needs and fit your taste.
Just remember, home remodeling costs can get out of hand quickly (particularly if you use consultants or hire an architect) so be sure that you know what your budget is and that you have an emergency fund in case your estimations were too low. However, if you can, decide on a specific amount and stick to it!
Another thing to consider is to actually pick out the hardware and/or materials for your new home remodeling project. Getting suggestions from your consultant or contractor can go a long way in terms of managing material and labor costs. You also have to bear in mind that some of the materials may take some time to be delivered or be on backorder, so it is important that you communicate properly with your contractor and set up a detailed construction schedule for your remodeling project.
I have witnessed relatively simple home remodeling work that went months over schedule because of a lack of communication… This can easily turn into a nightmare, but with a little planning, it can be avoided by having a meeting with all the parties involved (with all of them being present at this meeting of course…).
Also, make sure that everybody is on the same page if there are any changes to the original plans. Remember, you are the boss and it is your responsibility to stay on top of your home remodeling project so that you get what YOU want! Pay attention to all the details (even the minute ones) and be sure to take notes and keep all information in one place.
Just following some of these basic guidelines can help you avoid some of the problems you will encounter as you embark on your home remodeling project.