Remodeling your home can allow you the opportunity to finally get your home working for you and upgrade fittings and fixtures for a more modern, efficient way of living. While it can be tempting to rush ahead through the planning stage to get work underway. It can be worthwhile putting the brakes on this process so you know exactly what you are getting into.
After all, remodeling your home is no mean feat, and you need to be sure you know what you are getting into, what is going to happen, and that all of your contractors are in place and ready to start work when you need them.
This post looks at what you must consider before remodeling to help you get the most from your experience.
The layout of the whole home or specific rooms needs to be one of the top things you pay attention to before the work starts. Look at the space you have and how you navigate the area to help you determine the best placement for units and fixtures. For example, New Bathroom Remodeling Technologies can help you to redesign your bathroom to get the best configuration and design for your needs to help you make the most of the bathroom regardless of size.
Live In Or Move Out?
Will you be living in the house during work, or do you need to find alternative living arrangements? For those with pets from younger families, it can be worth asking family and friends if you can stay with them during part of the renovation process to help you avoid living in the mess that will inevitably occur. It doesn’t matter how organized you are, you will experience some level of disruption, and you need to think long and hard about what you will be able to tolerate and if it will be easier to move out during the process.
Will You Project Manage?
Remodeling projects can be time-consuming and complex. Especially if you are having a lot of work being carried out at once or you are using different contractors for the work and not working with someone who carries it all out in-house. Will you be on hand to help make decisions if something unexpected crops up or deal with emergencies and delays from contractors? Or will the interruptions get in the way of your day job? Every remodel will need managing at some level, whether someone needs to be on-site at all times, overlooking what is going on, or someone to make sure people can access the property when needed and check off completed work. If you don’t have the time, it might be worth asking someone else to cover this for you who you trust or hiring an experienced project manager.
Your budget will dictate exactly how the remodel will go and the level of finish you can achieve. You might want to save money on contractors and do some of the work yourself, only bringing in experts for electrical or gas work, for example, so that you can splurge on fittings and pictures, or your budget could allow for high-end finishes throughout. Before you start choosing your tiles and faucets, you need to look at your budget in detail. Having contingency funds is essential, or you put some of your budgets to one side for unexpected issues. Remodeling jobs will always throw up something you didn’t expect; the Property Brothers TV show highlights this issue really well, so avoiding maxing out your budget in the first set of plans will serve you well and mean that should you still have funds free towards the end you can invest it into different features or better quality accessories or treat yourself!
Permits and Zoning
Certain aspects of remodeling work may require a permit to carry the work out legally. The city might need to come and inspect the work to ensure it meets relevant code and zoning requirements. These works can vary from state to state. It is worth checking in before you commit to the work to ensure you meet all legal requirements without the risk of fines or penalties, or worse, having to undo all of the work completed due to failure to obtain permission before starting.
Any type of remodeling work can take its toll on your life for the duration it takes to complete. The time it takes will vary, spending on the work required, your contractors, and how long it takes to obtain the correct permits to carry out the work you need. Think carefully before rushing into anything, and ensure you know exactly what to expect before going ahead.