Remodeling your home is a big decision, personally and financially. Here are four tips on getting the most out of your remodeling job.
What are your goals?
The key to any successful project is to plan, plan, plan! Make sure you’ve thought through what your end goal is and why. If you’re remodeling to sell, the look, budget, and schedule will reflect that. You’ll also want to look at your neighborhood specs to make sure your changes align and match the price point and feel of the area. If you’re remodeling for you, prioritize the changes you want to make and look at ideas for the end result.
Consider Time & Money
Once you understand what you want, start building a budget. Request several quotes from remodelers and take into consideration the quality of products you want. You’ll also want to include a contingency fund of approximately 20% of the cost of the project and keep in mind extra expenses as a result of the project - eating out for kitchen remodels, for example. This will help you cover unexpected expenses after the project starts. Then, start planning how you’ll finance the project. Do you have the money in savings? Does your remodeler offer financing?
Last, if you’re hoping to have the project completed by a certain date, make sure you leave a few weeks to a month of wiggle-room in case of delays. You want your contractors to take their time and provide quality work, you don’t want to rush them to finish a project.
Check Out Their Work
This can make a big difference when comparing contractors. Do a little internet sleuthing and check out their facebook pages and instagrams. Contractors who are proud of their work will post about it! You’ll also get a feel for their style and work habits, and see if they’ve completed projects like yours before. A picture is worth a 1,000 words!
Homeowners with realistic and well-defined goals are usually the most satisfied. Be clear and decisive in what you want, and ensure everyone is on the same page to eliminate errors and miscommunications. Make your expectations clear during the discussion stage, and then take your time reading the contract and discuss the details again. One of the worst things you can do to contractors is let them get started on a job and then say you meant something else. If at any point, you have a question or are unhappy with the project, bring it to the contractor’s attention ASAP. It's your home, your project and your money.
We’d love to help you get started on your next remodeling project! We have monthly specials and financing available to help you get the most for your money. Check them out here, then contact us for a free quote!