Even after years of continuous maintenance and repairs; you might notice that your house is starting to look old or even outdated. If you want to give your home a complete overhaul, now would be the best time to start planning for a whole home remodeling project. The sooner you jump into the planning process, the more likely you are able to meet your timeline and budget.
Whether it’s remodeling the interior or exterior of your home, you still need to plan everything out properly. If you don’t have enough experience preparing for a remodeling project, you can find several tips that most expert contractors would do during the planning phase.
1. Create a Well-Detailed Remodeling Plan
Before anything else, a remodeling project should always start with a plan. Most homeowners would contact a professional to help them with the plan, because there are many things to consider in a remodeling project. In some cases, owners who don’t have enough experience would plan everything on their own and would end up having major issues down the road.
However, planning for a remodeling project is simple and easy enough if you do research beforehand. You can even take inspiration from other building designs, which helps the planning phase move forward faster. You should also note the things you need to start a project plan:
- Sketches and blueprints of the final project
- Figure out the things you need to start the project, such as finishing selections with plumbing, electrical fixtures etc.
- Know different steps on how the remodeling process will go. In most cases, you may need a professional remodeling contractor to help you out.
2. Determine Your Budget
Even if homeowner’s have a proper remodeling plan set, they will run into several problems like the remodeling project’s lack of budget. You need to make sure your budget fits perfectly or have additional to spare. You should already know how much funding you need for the remodeling project by looking at the different costs, including the materials required, labor, etc.
If you want to calculate your budget correctly, you should talk with your remodeling contractor about how much they need to spend to finalize everything. It’s also best if you put aside at least 5% of your overall budget to use as an emergency budget when the time comes. You’ll never know when your contractors will encounter roadblocks during the remodeling.
3. Choose the Right Contractor
Since you already calculated the budget and have a plan, the next step is to look for a contractor to get it done. With the thousands of contractors in your area, it can become difficult to look for the right one. However, you can easily pick the best from the rest when you keep in mind several points that make up a proficient remodeling contractor.
- Contracting License – It signifies that they have gone through the necessary training to provide quality remodeling services.
- Years of Experience – It would be best to choose a remodeling contractor with years of experience because they have gone through numerous remodeling projects, giving them more knowledge on how to get the job done better and effectively.
- Insurance – You should never hire a contractor that does not have insurance. If they get into a work-related accident and they don’t have insurance, you will have to pay for their medical bills and make you liable for everything that happens to them.
- Credibility – If your contractor has years of experience and worked on many remodeling projects, they need to prove that they did that. You can check out their google reviews, website, or even from word of mouth to determine their legitimacy as a remodeling contractor.
4. Create a Timeline
When it comes to creating the project timeline, you always have to include the start and finish date. It would help if you discussed the timeline with your contractors because they mostly handle the entire project. Holding a meeting with them will help you understand when you can expect them to complete the project.
Usually, the timeline consists of the design phase, the building remodel, the delivery time of the materials, cleaning and maintenance of the site, and the holidays or any time off the contractors might need. Setting the timeline also helps you understand their capability as remodeling contractors. You won’t have any doubts about them delaying the project since you already held a brief discussion about the project’s progress.