Have A Plan Before Beginning Your Next Remodeling Project
Before you begin your next remodeling project, it’s critical that you have a plan in place. Too often, we’ve seen homeowners in the Annapolis area go into a remodel unprepared. Without a sense of direction and defined idea of what they’d like to accomplish, they end up creating more problems for themselves.
A perfect example of this was a customer who recently attempted to install a whirlpool in their bathroom. The customer ordered the whirlpool without considering the fact that they would need to reroute the plumbing and electricity in their bathroom. They had already torn out the old tub, so they needed to call professionals to help finish the job, adding to their project costs.
Before you begin your project, be sure to consider the tips and pointers that we’ve listed below. Doing so should help your project go much more smoothly and reduce the stress of a remodel significantly.
Remodel With A Purpose
When planning a remodel, one of the first things you should ask yourself is, “Why do I want to complete this project.” For some people, the answer may be out of necessity. For others, the answer could be because they are looking to increase the value of their home or are merely tired of their existing décor.
Then, as you begin crafting your budget, you should keep the purpose of the project in mind. Direct a majority of your funds to changes that are necessary or that will increase the value of your home significantly. If you have leftover funds, you can allocate them toward cosmetic changes. If you blow your budget on a remodel that seeks to keep up with the latest design trends, you will neglect necessary upgrades that could one day prove costly were an emergency to occur.
Set A Budget
Yes, you need to set a budget before your remodel. You should be comfortable with your budget. We recommend building a ten percent buffer into your budget. So, imagine the budget for your remodel is $10,000. You should plan as if your budget were only $9,000 so that you have $1,000 left for emergency expenses.
All too often we’ve seen unexpected costs be the downfall of remodeling projects. People stretch their budgets thin too often. It’s a near certainty that over the course of a remodeling project, something unexpected will occur. By leaving a buffer in your budget, you’ll be able to handle these costs without stress. But, if your budget is already stretched thin, you’ll find yourself scrambling to come up with the funds needed to complete the project.
Hire A Contractor
At some point during the remodeling process, you should hire the services of a professional contractor like Cardigan. Whether you are looking for help coming up with a plan or admit that there are certain aspects of the remodel you cannot complete on your own, a contractor could go a long way toward ensuring your remodel is successful.