What to do When you Decide to Remodel
There is a lot to know when it comes to remodeling there are a lot of steps, there are lots of options to consider. Do you want to do a big remodel or a smaller one? What is your budget? Where to even begin? This article can help you make these choices. The topics that will be discussed include things such as planning ahead, tips to help making the remodel easier and some things you might not have considered about remodeling.
Little changes with a big difference-- remodeling doesn't always have to be gutting the bathroom, it can be just a change of paint or adding new furniture to the home. It can also be adding trim around a room or adding a potted plant or a lamp to a seemingly empty corner of the room. Or it can be a big project such as taking out or adding a wall.
Plan Ahead-- know what you're getting into. Depending on the size and scope of it, a project can quickly jump the rails if not closely monitored.. Have a design of what you want done and how to do it, this will help you to know if you're going to need a contract, and how much time it is going to take. To get ideas always look at magazines such as HGTV, Better Homes and Garden, websites such as Pinterest and other do it yourself websites. Make the proper arrangements (such as moving certain items, living arrangements and permits for building) and have a agenda of when you want it done.
Planning ahead will also help you when things get frustrating. The plan will give you a glimpse into the bigger picture. Things might get frustrating when you see the house a mess, but just remember this is only temporary. Think about that plan, the big picture we mentioned-- remember the beautiful layout you have for the room? Remember the open and beautiful living room or bathroom you designed? It will be all worth it in the end. Remember why you made this decision in the first place. If you need to, take on one thing at a time. Taking on one thing and then continuing on to the next and then the next will help you to make it through the hard times.
Some Things require permits-- google building permits for the state you live in, you can find where and when you need certain permits. You see, in most cases electrical, HVAC, building, plumbing and solar and alternative energy will require a permit. The reason why it is so necessary is because, if you do a big repair and an inspector comes and finds it, you'll find yourself with huge fines. This includes when you are working with a contractor. When they have the necessary permits it will act as a bit of a legal buffer for you. However, this isn't supposed to be considered legal advice at all.
Don't procrastinate-- Make decisions as they come, if you wait too long it can cost more or cost you a great opportunity (sale, help, etc.). When you procrastinate you delay the finishing of other projects. For example if you are taking your sweet time to make a decision on what kind of toilet or sink you want, you will be delaying the floors from being installed which could result in a late drop off fee (sometimes with a hefty fee). It also takes up a lot of time to reschedule as well as time out of your busy day so you can meet the delivery person.
Finding a remodeler-- It can be tough to find someone to remodel or a contractor to help you. Look online at reviews for contractors and ask for recommendations from friends and family who have had remodels done in the areas you're looking for. Meet with multiple remodelers, ask them for references (and photos of past work), share your concerns and see how they solve them. Ask for an estimate and ask any other questions you may have. Make sure they have accreditations with agencies such as the better business bureau, and that they have insurance in case of an incident. The cost of remodeling can be a lot, make sure you stay within your budget, and plan ahead to have some wiggle room. There will be plenty of occasions where you find more things to do or buy along the way. Remodeling, also can add added expenses if the contractor finds issues with the house in the current condition.
Also, remember that when all is said and done you need to include things like tax and shipping. To cut down on taxes and other expenses, try to use what you have such as existing plumbing locations. If that is not possible, look at discount websites, buy pre-finished wood instead of doing the finish yourself, shop classifieds and home improvement stores. You can also ask for opinions of your contractor, they may have some sites you might not be aware of and have ideas to help save you money.
Do it yourself, within reason-- Don't do things you know nothing about, "attempting" to be an electrician is dangerous. Not to mention, if a contractor sees you've made any sort of mistake you can get a huge fine. Then there is also the possibility that you can get simply poor quality stuff because of your lack of knowledge, which can cause serious damage or cause a fire in your home.
Don't change your mind too much-- Changing your mind a lot adds extra time, money and other issues that come up in the project. When making decisions think long term rather than making them short term. You can save more money this way as well as cut down costs that short term goals can't account for. For instance, don't change your mind on the color paint and buy 5-6 buckets of paint if you can't return any of them. Also the cost to move and add extra plumbing or electrical wires can add up fast. Remembering the big picture can also save you money, short term decisions can add up and may not align with the long term plans you made. Which means you may want and think twice about that cute lamp you bought so you don't end up buying something that doesn't match the decor.
Become eco friendly-- If you are going to all the trouble of remodeling a home, why not become eco friendly while you are at it. Becoming eco-friendly doesn't have to be adding solar panels on your roof. It can be something as simple as creating a rain garden in your front or back yard, this reduces erosion and saves you money on watering water consuming plants. You can save money by becoming eco friendly in most cases too. One way to do this is to buy energy efficient products, this way you can save money on heat, electricity, and your water bills. There are also tax reductions for making your house more eco-friendly using the residential energy property credit, this is for homeowners who make energy efficient improvements to the home. However, consult a tax accountant before committing to an energy efficient remodel so you don't end up wasting your time. On that same note, instead of throwing away your bathtub, sink or other appliances consider recycling them, there a few places in the treasure valley that buy these things for the purpose of... well, repurposing them.
As a closing note, consider getting help from some friends. If you are doing simple repairs or remodels, sometimes it is good to have a helping hand. When you are remodeling a home, everything helps, and every person helping is a way to cut time and costs as well as make things much more fun.