Home remodeling can be a very exciting yet difficult and sometimes quite frustrating task. We get it. We’ve all been there. That’s why we decided to come up with these tips to help you out.
Home Remodeling Tips For A Hassle-Free Home Renovation
Want to boost your home value? Or you just want to improve your home? The easiest way to achieve this is through home remodeling.
But for any renovation project to be successful, there are some things you have to consider and watch out for.
1. Plan ahead. Before you start any remodeling project, you should have an idea of what you want to do, how you want to do it and why you want to do it. First, think of your renovation goals. Do you want to increase your home’s value or do you want to stay there for a long time? Whatever your reason is, it will affect the type of renovation you want done.
Which part of the house do you want to renovate and what type of features do you want to install? Do you need a kitchen remodelling or bath remodeling project? Whether it’s a minor or major project, you have to define a clear project scope. When should the project be completed? And of course, you have to think of your budget. Do you have enough funds or should you wait?
2. Choose the right people. Some homeowners prefer to DIY but if you really want good results, hire the right people. When I say right people, it means certified, experienced and professional contractors.
Ask for credentials. Choose someone who is a member of National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and has a good record with Better Business Bureau. You can also ask for a list of previous clients as reference. If the contractor refuses or makes up excuses not to give his credentials, then that’s a red flag. Only work with a remodeler you can trust. And don’t forget the contract.
3. Make your temporary camp as comfy as you can. Living without a kitchen or a bedroom or a bath for several weeks can be frustrating, especially if you have kids. Plan your temporary living space so as to minimize the inconvenience during the renovation. You can have people share rooms to accommodate those whose rooms are being worked on. If it’s a kitchen remodel, you can set up a temporary kitchen near the work area and move the things you can use to make light meals like the microwave, refrigerator and cooking utensils. If you’re doing bath remodeling, you can use other bathrooms or set up a schedule when you can use the bath.
4. Pack up your valuables. Whether it’s a simple renovation or a brand new installation, renovation projects can affect your whole house. Contractors will be moving around the house and you don’t want them knocking your vase accidentally or leaving around muddy footprints on your favorite carpet. Pack up breakables, take down pictures and other stuff on your walls, cover immovable fixtures and keep your valuables. You can also remove your carpet or have your flooring covered with cardboards to protect it from construction debris.
5. Monitor the project. Don’t be that someone who tells the contractor what he wants and just walks away expecting everything to be perfect. Keep a close watch on the progress of the remodelling and communicate with your contractor effectively. Is the project going smoothly as scheduled? What are the challenges or problems you might encounter? Is your design idea feasible or does your contractor have a better recommendation?
Monitoring your project enables you to act on problems immediately. You can address issues before they happen and you can communicate with the contractor if there’s something you’re unhappy with.