While you’re remodeling, will you be living in the same space where contractors are working? If so, you may want to take steps to contain the dust, such as hanging sheets of plastic to protect specific areas. If you’re remodeling a kitchen, be prepared with a backup sink, refrigerator, stove, microwave while the work is being done, these things can be connected temporarily in a separate area of your house so that you can continue to do the things you’re used to doing in your home. If you’re living in the house while the work is being done, you’ll need to be able to trust the contractors you hire. Make sure you’re comfortable with them being around your kids and your spouse. Move valuable items into a safe. Put items with sentimental value completely out of the way of any work that’s being done.
There are many things to consider when you’re ready to start remodeling your house. Get clear on why you want to remodel your home. If you’re hoping to increase resale value, do the research so that you know what changes will increase it the most. Some remodeling projects, especially if they’re not done well, can actually decrease resale value.
If your goal is to make your home accomodate more people, such as adding a bedroom or creating a man cave in the basement, gather pictures of what you want it to look and feel like. These pictures will help you communicate your vision to your contractor.
If you’d like to make your home more suitable to your tastes, such as replacing kitchen cabinets and countertops, or changing the style of the windows, or painting the walls with new colors, describe your vision to every contractor who will be helping you with the project. They might have tips and tricks for ways to achieve your goal while also saving money. Cabinets can be repurposed to be used in other areas of the house, windows can be ordered in stock sizes instead of custom sizes, and there may be tasks that you can do to help with the painting process to save time and money.
While you’re remodeling, maintain a good relationship with the contractors working for you. Actively work to keep the communication lines open so that your project is done the way you want it. Encourage contractors to ask you questions. If the scope of the work changes after the project has begun, which it often does, work together to keep both the budget and project goal in mind. The best time of year to do an indoor remodeling project such as moving interior walls, finishing a basement, or updating a bathroom is during the summer or winter. Contractors appreciate working inside in a conditioned space where it’s not too hot or too cold. Outdoor remodeling projects such as replacing windows, replacing shingles with a metal roof, or building a deck are best for milder times of the year.
Most areas of a house are eligible for remodeling. However, some projects are more complicated than others. For example, moving a load-bearing wall that supports the roof involves more materials and labor than moving a non-load-bearing wall. Replacing an entry door is harder than replacing a bedroom door. Moving the location of a toilet and shower is harder than simply replacing an old toilet with a new one. Talk with the remodeling contractor who is helping you with your project to match your desired outcome with your budget.
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