Monday, June 16, 2014
Whether you’re touching up your old family home or doing a major overhaul on a newly acquired rundown property, a home renovation is a big undertaking that can be costly, and even more so if you don’t have all the information you need.
Here are a few things to think about before renovating your home.
1. Hire a contractor
Unless you’re sure that you can do all the work yourself, it’s important to hire a contractor to source the materials and laborers for the renovation. Another important thing to do is a background check on the contractor to make sure that he hasn’t done shoddy work in the past and has all the necessary qualifications and licenses required for the job.
Knowing other people who have hired contractors can be a good way to find a competent builder that fits your needs.
2. Look into a designer
Contractors are there for the labor and construction and not necessarily to help you design your new space. Unless you know exactly how you want to change your living space, you’ll want to look into consulting with a designer who can help you achieve your vision for the remodel.
Ask important questions concerning what you're looking to change about your living area, can be tackled with the help of a good designer.
3. Have a budget
Renovating is a costly affair: depending on what you want to do, it can involve tearing down whole walls, moving home fixtures or re-flooring an entire room. Talk to your contractor and designer about what renovations will fit within your budget, and always remember to overcompensate in your budget - it’s better to have money left over than to come up short at a crucial time.
4. Have a plan
This is something that your designer can help you figure out, as you need to be able to tell your contractor the specific renovations that you want done. Whether it’s creating a more open area, modernizing fixtures and appliances or building a new add-on to the house, you need to focus your ideas on a specific plan for your contractor to work with.