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Home renovation is tiring but at the same exciting process. It is exhausting because it is stressful, time-consuming, and full of uncertainties and uncalled-for circumstances.
Use this 6-Step Home Remodeling Guide to review the entire home remodeling process. It collects all of the information you need and outlines it for review in a step-by-step plan.
Before you start any home remodeling project, run some financial numbers to determine whether your project is a smart investment.
The numbers include the estimated costs, home value assessment, financing costs, and other related calculations.
Review cost-related issues to home remodeling vs. buying a new home.
Your factors include the estimated cost of remodeling, home and neighborhood assessments, tax implications and payback benefits:
|link to notes: analyze the numbers|
|estimate the cost of your project|
|get your home value|
Your 2nd step in home remodeling is deciding what you would like to do and collecting ideas.
This includes reviewing -
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Step 3 is sketching your ideas on paper (or digitally) and developing the spec plan.
The spec plan determines what type of materials and design considerations that will be needed. It will also contain the product specifications for each remodeling element.
You will use the spec plan and architectual design to bid the project out to a contractor.
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Step 4 is finding and negotiating the contract with a home remodeling contractor.
Give your remodeling ideas and specs to a contractor for review and bid analysis.
Use our network (aligned with HomeAdvisor) to find the right contractor for your project.
Use our guides for contractor selection, negotiation and managing the project.
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Step 5 is arranging financing once you select the contractor and finalize the contract for your project.
Using the equity value in your home is one of the best financing option for home improvement. Start with a home equity line of credit or a bank equity program.
Other options may include cash-out refinancing, personal savings, and/or financing from home improvement contractors.
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Step 6 is where the project begins.
It starts with setting up the work area, removing everything that needs to be replaced, installing plumbing and electrical if needed, putting in the final touches, etc.
It also means working with the contractor, managing the project, and getting the remodeling project inspected before releasing any funds.
|working with the contractor|
|managing the home remodeling project|
|about a home project inspections|
|find home inspector|
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The 2nd step in home remodeling is deciding what you would like to do. This includes reviewing home remodeling ideas, architectural styles, home pics and more.
These "everything" guides collect topics, pics and other valuable information to help you formulate ideas.
|home theater room|
|home den n' office|
|for the inner rooms|
|interior home decor|
|exterior home design|
|garden design & decor|
|outbuildings & structures|
|yard care and maintenance|
View remodeling ideas by shopping for every area of your home. Compare products among multiple merchants.
|shop: home decor|
|shop: rec area|
|shop: home utility|
|shop: home structure|
|shop: yard n' garden|
Your home remodeling plan may require specs for home wiring, framing, cabinetry, and intallation services that will complete your project...
|about developing your remodeling plan|
|some design considerations|
|search architect - draftsperson|
|about spec planning|
|FREE: Spec Planning Sheet|
|FREE: Spec Budgeting Worksheet|
|youtube: DYI to drain your water heater|
|youtube: DYI shower plumbing tricks of the trade|
|youtube: DYI plumbing basics|
|youtube: DYI replace kitchen or bathroom faucet|
|youtube: DYI how to fix a dripping faucet|
|youtube: DYI how to fix a leaking toilet tank|
|youtube: DYI how to repair a leak|
Need help with your home remodeling needs? Use our pre-screened contractor search servicing your area.
|Home Security & Alarms|
|Carpentry||Drywall and Insulation|
|Heating & Thermostats||Insulation|
|Painting & Texturing||Tile & Stone|
|Walls & Ceiling||Windows & Doors|
|Find/Negotiating Tips||Contractor Evaluation Form|
|Selecting Contractor||Selecting Contractor Form|
|Working w/ Contractor||Working w/ Contractor Form|
|Managing Contractor||Managing Contractor Form|
|Inspecting the Project|
When an engineer or architect chooses construction materials in any undertaking, whether a residential home or a skyscraper for example, they consider several factors, such as cost, availability, durability, and flexibility. Steel, concrete, bricks, wood, and stone are the most common materials that are used in construction.
There are many reasons why it is wise to upgrade your old home with newer materials. Perhaps you are looking for a new place or need more space because of an expanding family.
Plywood is a versatile material that can be used for many things. Plywood doors are popular because they are easy to cut, install, and paint. It is often called an affordable alternative to solid wood; it is also durable and strong enough for most residential projects.
You’ve seen your neighbors doing it, and you’ve seen how much better their home looks on the outside because of it. You’ve seen countless Before and After videos as well of various items getting a much-needed glow-up with a simple power wash.
Renovating your home can be an exciting but overwhelming process. The magazines and the internet will tell you about the changes you need to make in order to be up-to-date, but you might be on a budget or short on time. In such a case, what changes would be most likely to bear fruit?
Gas appliances break down every day. And with so many repair services out there, it can often be a bit difficult to find the right one. Do not worry because we are here to help.
You’ve been planning a fabulous remodel of your home for some time now, and at last you’re ready to roll.
What about financing? That is always the big question: how to pay for home renovation without breaking the budget ...
|step1: What Type of Financing|
|step2: Running the Numbers|
|step3: Getting Qualified|
|step4: Becoming a Bank|
|step5: Start Your Application for Financing|
|FREE: Download Lender Shopping Sheet|
|about financing home remodeling|
|getting yourself qualified|
|check your credit|
|view the BANK EQUITY program|
It could be your kitchen - basement - bathroom - or something in between. You might consider a home addition or just a simple redecoration. So whatever you have in mind, let's get going.
But before you do, use this step-by-step guide after you review the above ideas and topics to help plan and manage your home renovation needs.