Excited to be getting the dream home you’ve always wanted? We definitely understand – after all, we see it on a regular basis with homeowners making the decision to update and upgrade your home after years of renovation visions in your head.
We also understand however, that when it comes to the planning portion of the project and going through the motions of the renovation process, it can be a little daunting. There are so many details and decisions: you have a lot to consider.
Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t be. Our team of professional home renovators put together these 8 tips to help you prepare before the project even begins.
- Be Realistic
Whatever your vision is, you should determine the cost effectiveness of your project. Is the scope too grand? Is it compatible with your current structure? A good contractor can help you determine what is possible versus what is impractical.
- Set a Budget
Decide how much you want to spend before you sign any contracts or buy materials. Home renovations can quickly balloon if you do not have an accurate understanding of labor costs or have not planned for problems that may pop up after construction has started.
- Get Some Ideas
Once you know how much you have to work with, you can gather ideas. From online searches and magazines, to window shopping and design consultations, you can see what is trending, what features matter to you, and what mistakes to avoid.
- Find a Contractor
Work with someone you can trust. This is crucial. This involves looking at past work, checking references, and yes, even interviewing several people before you choose.
Always keep in mind, the lowest price does not always equal the best experience.
- Adhere to Regulations
You may need to run your design past a homeowners’ association, and that is in addition to the necessary local permits to secure before work begins.
A good contractor can help you with this process.
- Know Your Timeline
How long should your project take? The answer may be longer than you expect, and delays can happen due to weather, unexpected structural issues or slow delivery of materials. Consider your time frame before you agree to work, especially if you want your renovation completed for a holiday or personal event.
- Get Organized
Make a list and check it twice. Keep track of budget, shipments, schedules and deadlines in one convenient location to help make things easy and organized.
- Stay Positive
Be patient and hopeful that the inconvenience, the dust and the growing pains will all be worth it when your home is even better than before. Try not to sweat the small stuff, resist the urge to micromanage, and have faith that it will all come together as it should.
Are you ready to talk to a contractor about your project? Horizon Construction & Renovations welcomes your questions. Contact us about your vision for your home renovation and how we can help!