Home remodeling is daunting to say the least. Between the time that it takes out of your daily routine, the cost, and deciding what to renovate first, there’s a lot to keep track of when renovating every room in your home – not to mention the coordination it requires with interior designers, contractors and other professionals.
When planning a house remodel, it can be tempting to skip to the exciting stage of choosing new paint colors, fixtures and fittings. But to get the most out of a whole-house remodel, Owens Construction discusses several things to think about before you even start the project.
1. Build a Detailed Home Improvement Project Plan
Develop a plan that clearly states the goal for your renovation and includes designing inspiration and an outline of the work that needs to be completed. It includes blueprints or sketches of your finished project, a list of needs and wants for your project and project steps divided into DIY steps and steps that will require professional home improvement contractors.
If you are completing a project that will change the structure of your home or the use of a room, you will most likely need a permit. Wait to apply for permits until you’ve hired a team and built a project timeline.
2. Set a Project Budget
Your budget should include the costs for permits and building materials, labor costs and the cost of decorations or cosmetic touches. If your cost estimates do not fit in your budget, use your home improvement project plan from step one to eliminate project elements that are a lower priority. Request cost estimates from multiple contractors to find the best option for your budget.
3. Hire Contractors
Hire your team. Don’t choose your contractors on cost estimates alone. When interviewing and selecting your contractors, also consider:
- Years of experience: A general contractor who’s been doing business for a long time makes them a safer bet than one who is new to the business.
- Contracting license: Make sure your contractor has gone through all the steps needed to obtain any required certifications specific to their line of work.
- Certificate of insurance: Contractors should have workers’ compensation and liability insurance for the type of work they perform.
- References: Request and call references. This is a great way to make sure your contractor isn’t just good on paper.
- Payment schedule: A reputable contractor won’t ask you to pay the full price upfront. However, it’s important to discuss payment terms before construction begins.
4. Build a Timeline
Once you have your budget and team in place for your remodeling plan, it’s time to put together your timeline. First, choose the desired start date, or if you’re hoping to have it completed by a specific date, work backward from that date instead. Sit down with your home and bathroom remodeling contractors to determine the length of time each portion of the project will take. Discuss which steps of the remodel need to be completed first, how long they will take and which project portions can be completed concurrently.
5. Pack Up and Prepare for Your Home Renovation
Whether or not you should live in your home during construction depends on what work is being done. If you’re planning a whole home renovation, you might want to move out completely for a short time.
Every homeowner desires a functional and beautiful home interior, but not every interior lives up to this goal. If your home is not providing the space, function, or aesthetic you need and want, Owens Construction is here to help.
Our team of talented professionals can help you maximize your current square footage and make your home live up to your expectations. Reach out to us with your interior remodeling needs by calling (614) 635-7487, or you can fill out our online form to request a free design consultation.