Four Tips for a Smooth Home Remodel

Four Tips for a Smooth Home Remodel
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    It's commonly known throughout the real estate profession that spring and summer are the best months for selling.

    That means that many homeowners are looking to renovate and prepare their homes to be sold at a premium price.

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If you are considering a home remodel, you will want to approach it in a way that is both cost-effective and practical. The way you approach a home remodel will depend on whether you are planning on listing your home or staying in it for several more years. If you are planning on staying in your home, you will want to make renovations specific to your tastes; but if you want to sell it, you will want to make changes that are popular in current building trends.

Finding a Contractor Who is Right for Your Project

If you want your renovations to look professional, then it’s best to pay a professional to help you get the job done. Contractors are more than willing to come to give you ideas and analysis of your current remodel plans. Learning about the costs of doing a particular job is easiest once you have had at least three bids. A contractor with specific experience in remodeling versus new construction is usually best for renovations.

Prepare Your Home for Renovations

There are a few things you can do to prepare your home for a renovation. If your home is cluttered, especially in the area in which a contractor will be working, it’s best to put things in a self-storage unit while work is being done. You can find storage units in Indianapolis and around the U.S. that have availability information and pricing information on self storage. You can also help your contractor with menial tasks like ripping up old carpet that is being replaced and arranging for large garbage bins to be on the site.

Always Be Looking for Places to Save Money

Aside from being prepared, it’s important to plan a strict budget. Everyone has a limit to what they can spend, and projects can get out of hand if the budget isn’t watched. It’s important to realize that just because you set a budget based on a bid doesn’t mean you have to spend that amount. One of the reasons it’s good to wait until a project gets started to analyze some costs is that it’s easier to see where expenses can be cut. Experienced contractors are good at spotting parts of a project that may not be necessary and ways to cutback on costs once a project is underway.

Consult an Inspector and Appraiser for Your Project

Aside from working closely with a good contractor, appraisers and home inspectors have keen insights in what older homes need to increase in value. Home inspectors will help you know of any major weak spots in your home, and that’s important whether you are staying or listing.
Approaching your renovations with the right professional guidance and at the right time of year will help you get the best results. Be active in doing your part to prepare your home for the work ahead, and things will go smoothly as you change your home.

About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. This article was cowritten by the storage experts at U-STOR with storage units in Indianapolis.

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