So you’ve decided to take the plunge and tackle your home remodeling project wish list. But where do you start? Starting any home remodeling project may seem intimidating at first, but with a little organization and a well-thought-out plan, your remodeling project will be underway in no time.
Of course, you want to choose a project that will add to your home’s overall value and offer a significant return on your investment. Here are some steps you can take to get your home remodeling project started off on the right track.
Have a Solid Plan
It’s important to consider why you want to remodel. Perhaps your home doesn’t really reflect your design style or personality anymore, or you’ve simply outgrown your existing space. In order for you to be completely satisfied with the remodeling results, you should understand the specific needs that aren’t being met currently.
Perhaps your home doesn’t really reflect your design style or personality anymore, or you’ve simply outgrown your existing space. In order for you to be completely satisfied with the results, you should understand the specific needs that aren’t being met currently.
Create a list so that you can prioritize elements of your remodeling project. This list should contain 3 sections, namely:
- Must-have features
- Would-like-to-have features
- Wishlist features
Sharing this list with your contractor will ensure that you both have a clear vision as you move forward with your project. Be sure to keep your main goals at the forefront which may include:
- Adding more square footage
- Upgrading cabinets, countertops, fixtures, and appliances
- Redesigning a floor plan that better suits your family’s lifestyle
- Improving your home’s energy efficiency and curb appeal with new windows and doors
- Reinforcing insulation and upgrading climate control systems for increased comfort and reduced energy costs
Set a Budget
Once you have a plan in place, it’s time to create a budget for your project. Have an in-depth discussion with your contractor and determine what your overall budget should be. Your contractor may be able to offer a variety of tax credits and rebates to reduce your costs depending on your specific remodeling project.
Find the Right Professional
Now that you have determined your budget, and developed a plan for your remodeling project, it’s time to find a qualified, experienced contractor to begin your project.
Be sure to ask for referrals from recent projects your contractor has completed. And don’t forget to compare estimates from several contractors to ensure you’re not overpaying.
It’s important to ask your contractor for proof of insurance and bonding coverage and verify the information with the insurance company. Reach out to recent clients and ask how satisfied they were with their remodeling experience. Once you find the right contractor for your remodeling project, you are ready to turn your dreams into a reality.