Before you say GO! to your contractor or to yourself if you’re all about the DIY projects, consider these 5 tips below that will ensure a smooth and happy remodeling project:
1.Consider the home’s resale value before you make changes
Before you put a hammer to a wall or do a DIY project for that bathroom window, you’ll want to think about the cost of your home. How will these changes affect what you can get for your home should you want to sell it in the future?
Check out the current value for how it is now and consider if the value will go up with the changes you make. While you’re at it, take time to plan for the cost of all the remodeling you want to do.
It’s wise not to invest too much if you’re not going to get that money back. If you’re a veteran, consider getting an IRRL for VA so you can reduce your monthly mortgage payments, freeing up some money for the remodel project.
2.Are you hiring someone or will you do it yourself?
This one is a very important question to consider. If you hire a professional to handle your home’s remodel, you will be investing a considerable amount of money and have strangers coming into your house to get work done, possibly invading your space during a long period of time.
This may lead you to considering a DIY project instead. After all, you’re pretty handy, aren’t you? However, really take time to look into what will go into these projects you have in mind. Can you actually pull it off?
While we have full faith in your ability, some DIY projects result in disastrous consequences and this isn’t something you want to happen when you’re trying to improve your home, whether for resale value or simply because you want a better environment.
3. What’s necessary?
While you may want your home to look like it has come right out of a magazine, you could be investing too much time and money into aspects of your home that are perfectly fine as they are.
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If you are having a hard time making up your mind about these changes and remodeling, consider consulting with a professional who can help determine what’s needed and what’s perfectly fine as is. There is no need to improve something that’s already great.
4. Baby-and-dog proof your home while it’s being remodeled.
If you have little ones or little animals (or big ones), you want to make sure the environment is safe for them as your home is undergoing “construction.”
Whether you choose to stay at a friend’s or family member’s during the period of remodeling or essentially close off the area being worked on, make sure to keep your kids (both furry and non-furry) safe during the process.
5. When hiring a contractor, ask for references.
If you do choose to go the route of hiring someone to get the remodeling job done, you’re going to want to vet them before you do. Check out reviews and ask them for references.
Ask friends and family if they have any recommendations. When someone does a good job on a person’s beloved home, they’re remembered.
The last thing you want is to hire someone who simply doesn’t deliver the results you want—after all, you could have done it yourself. Have a meeting before you get started to make sure they have a clear understanding of what you’re envisioning.
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Remodeling projects can be really exciting. They can also be scary when they don’t turn out the way you want them to. Consider these tips before getting started to avoid mishaps and to ensure your home looks incredible when you’re through.
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