Important Steps to Take before beginning a Home Improvement Remodel
Deciding on a remodel to improve your home can be a daunting task. Where do you begin? Who do you call? How do you know they will do a good job? There are important steps you should take before beginning any home improvement project.
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Wikipedia defines home improvement: While "home improvement" often refers to building projects that alter the structure of an existing home, it can also include improvements to lawns, gardens, and outdoor structures, such as gazebos and garages. It also encompasses maintenance, repair, and general servicing tasks.
First, you must assess your needs. What truly needs to be done now and what can wait for later. Understanding the current condition of your home will save frustration in the weeks ahead. Be prepared.
What is the condition of your home?
- What year was your home built?
- How was it constructed?
- Locate the necessary structural supporting walls. Know where your HVAC systems are located. Review the floorplan of the home.
- Are doors, windows, and builtins in tip top shape?
Set goals for your home improvement project. What do you want to upgrade?
- Do the colors of the carpet, walls, and trim need an upgrade? Do you need more storage space?
- Is the home feel compartmentalized?
- Do you want to knock out a wall?
- Is the home too dark? (Does it need more natural light?)
- Does the home function efficiently?
Jot down your ideas and consider what is top priority.
- What can you do on your own?
- What will you need to hire a contractor to complete?
Is it in the budget? What can you do know, what will you need to save for later?
- Cost can put a damper on your goals.
- Choose your home improvement projects wisely.
- Start with necessities and add the cosmetic changes last. Price the best quality, for the best price.
- No need to purchase expensive designer items when a quality affordable alternative is available. Don’t cut corners, choose wisely.
If prepping your house for sale, know what future buyers want.
- Know what upgrades are selling points and what are not.
- Speak to a real estate professional in your area for tips.
- Focus on kitchen and bathrooms when possible.
- Cosmetic curb appeal can sell a quality home.
Know the major areas of remodeling.
- Overall design: structural changes, exterior features, materials
- Find the right contractors: get referrals, check with the BBB.
- Management: will you act as general contractor scheduling others or will you hire someone for this duty? How will this fit into your budget?