Remodeling your home can be a wonderful adventure, but the process can be daunting. There are mountains of critical decisions and considerations necessary for the completion of a successful project. Renovations may require large amounts of money, time, and dedication, depending on the size and scope of the project. The joy of improving your home can turn into a stressful, overwhelming experience unless you have proper plans in place to deal with contingencies like delays and unforeseen problems on site. Take the stress out of home remodeling by planning and preparing properly before starting your project.
What Are You Hoping to Achieve?
Are you changing your home to suit new needs, to improve your living conditions, or to increase resale value? It’s crucial to know your final goal and your general budget to plan layout functionality, structural elements, and design features. Do you need a separate area for teens to entertain or a space for an elderly parent to move around with a walker? Are you going to be living in your home for a brief period and then selling, or is it going to be a long-term home? Create mood boards with a variety of samples to decide on colors and textures and examine them in different lights to see how they affect the space. Renovating bathrooms and kitchens can increase the value of your house considerably, but keep the longevity of trends in mind and opt for classic styles if you’re concerned that the design may not age well. Determining your objectives creates a clear vision of how you would like your spaces to function so that you can be specific about your needs, budget, and timelines.
Who’s Going to Manage the Project?
Is the renovation easy enough to tackle yourself, or do you need to call in the experts? Some projects may be easily tackled with a little construction or design knowledge, while others need professional home remodeling contractor. A home architect or designer can help you to determine the structure, style, and scope of your project and help you save money and time by preventing wastage, poor decisions, and unforeseen problems. If you decide to employ a home builder like Flenn Custom Homes and Remodels, choose carefully by interviewing the contractor and getting comparative quotes. Once you’ve selected your home remodeling contractor, ensure that you have a firm written contract in place, consisting of detailed work plans, timeframes, payment schedules, and deadline penalties. With Flenn Custom Homes and Remodels, once we contract a finish date, we guarantee that we’ll be finished on time or we’ll pay you until the build is completed.
Create a Detailed Budget Plan
Once you have your home remodeling contractor in place, they can provide you with a detailed budget for the entire project and payment schedules. If you are managing the project yourself, you need to examine your budget more specifically to be as cost-conscious and efficient as possible. Can you live in your home while renovating? If cooking, bathing, sleeping, safety, and heating are compromised during the build, you may need to move out. The cost of moving, accommodation and storage facilities for the contents of the house should be included in the budget. Break down detailed costs for each room, factoring in everything from structural work, plumbing, and electrics to soft furnishings and new appliances. You may want to include a contingency budget of ten to twenty percent of the total budget for unanticipated costs and problems, if self-managing project.
Set a Realistic Time Frame
Flenn Custom Homes and Remodels is best known for finishing work in a realistic time frame. We are confident in our schedules that we guarantee that we will be finished on time. This is an important guarantee to have with any home remodeling contractor. Your work plan should follow a set schedule consisting of the list of jobs for each contractor, in the correct order to avoid confusion and frustration. We check on planning permissions early to prevent wasting time waiting for plans to be passed.
For self-managed projects, be aware that jobs often take longer and overlap each other, with a few contractors having to work in the same space, or not being able to complete their work because the others haven’t progressed far enough yet. Home remodeling can be a rewarding experience as you create the perfect home for yourself and your family, adding both value to your house and quality to your lives. To avoid it being an expensive, overwhelming, and stressful period, allow Flenn Custom Homes and Remodels to plan and prepare for every phase and stage. Call us at (512) 677-3992 to schedule a free consultation. Home remodels can be lot of extra work, but when it’s finished perfectly and on time, it’s worth it!