When you’re considering a home remodel, it’s easy to imagine how beautiful your home interior or exterior will look or how much more practical it will be after you make your changes. And when you look through magazines or walk through a friend’s finished remodel, it’s easy to picture the gorgeous, satisfying final results. But the work it takes to get there? Maybe that’s not so easy to imagine.
Whether you intend to upgrade areas inside your home such as the kitchen or bathroom, or make exterior improvements by adding new siding, installing new windows, or adding a lovely back deck for entertaining—a home remodel requires thoughtful planning. Being fully prepared ahead of time can help make remodeling smooth and pleasant, rather than taxing and stressful.
What should you consider before launching into a remodel that gives you the home you’ve always dreamed of? Here’s an overview of 7 things to ask and answer before you get started.
What is the return on investment?
Some home remodels are more likely than others to increase your home’s value. So, if your goal is to put your home on the market soon, consider which home upgrades gain you the most return on your investment. Mid-range kitchen remodels are particularly effectively for this, as are bathroom improvements.
How long do you plan to stay in your home?
If you intend to move in a year or two, invest in simple upgrades designed to help you sell the house for a good price. But if you’re planning to stay for 10 to 20 years, it’s well worth it to invest in upgrades that will make your home comfortable for years to come. Consider how much space you need for a growing family, and opt for long-lasting, attractive materials you’ll love for many years.
What do you want your remodel to address?
Perhaps your kitchen doesn’t have enough countertop space. Maybe your pet peeve is how cramped the shower stall is. Or perhaps you long for outdoor amenities like a screened-in deck or fancy firepit for entertaining. If you plan to stay in your home for a long time, give yourself the gift of a remodel that you know you’ll enjoy.
How well will your remodeled home fit in with your neighborhood?
An enormous master bathroom with a built-in hot tub may be your dream—but if your neighborhood isn’t the type where such upgrades are common, it’ll likely be hard to get your investment back when you sell your home. Research the prices houses typically sell for in your neighborhood, and don’t spend more on your home remodel than you can reasonably expect to get back in a sale.
What is a realistic budget?
It’s important to consider what you can afford when planning a home remodel. Settle on a number you can realistically pay—then opt for a remodel that costs at least $1,000-2,000 less. This gives you wiggle room if an unexpected hitch arises that requires you to spend more.
Do you have the necessary paperwork?
If you’re changing your home’s footprint, replacing electrical wiring, or altering load-bearing walls, you’ll need to meet municipal requirements. Call your local building department to find out what permits and inspections are needed.
Who is the best contractor for the job?
Even though you’re excited about your home remodel, don’t rush into it. Take time to meet with several local contractors and get a feel for how they do business. Do they have a stellar reputation? How often have they handled kitchen, bathroom, and other common home remodels? Is it easy to reach them when you have questions? What guarantees do they offer on their work?
We make your home remodel easy!
No matter what home improvements you long for, our experienced, detailed team can handle it with professional care and top-notch results. When you work with us, you’ll:
1. Get a Free Estimate
We’ll give you an on-site consultation and present you a thorough contract so you know exactly what to expect.
2. Design Your Home Remodel
We’ll help you set a plan and make the right selections for your home remodel finishes.
3. Be Proud of Your Home Again
Feel satisfied that you’re living the lifestyle you always wanted—in the best-looking home on the block!
Enjoy a remodeled home that looks and feels beautiful and functional. Contact us today to get started with a free estimate.