Where to begin when remodeling your home

  • April 19, 2017

17523656_1059389304204958_8318320631190954111_nDo you want to remodel your home but you are not sure where to start? Well, you’re not alone. Many people have a hard time figuring out what that first step is. Use this easy guide to get a jump start on your remodeling plans.

1) PLAN WHAT YOU WANT

  • Have an idea of what you want before you get started. Think about all the ways that it would change your house and make sure that this change is something you really want.
  • Start making sketches to see if the changes will turn out the way you see them in your head.
  • Make a list for your project of specific changes you would like to see.
  • Use your list to brainstorm paint colors, finishes and other specific changes you would like to see on your project.
  • Use helpful websites like Pinterest and Houzz to build inspiration for your project. Visual representations of your desires can help your project manager bring those wants to life.

2) THINK AHEAD / RESEARCH

  • Think about how long you are planning on staying in this house after the renovations. If you are only staying a few years, or even selling right away, a huge change may not be completely necessary – rather think about cosmetic changes that will help the resell value of your home.
  • Think about the value of other homes in your neighborhood. Does your home need some added value? Remodeling and renovating rooms in your home or exterior appearances can help with curb appeal and raise the resell value of your home.
  • Use your resources. Remodeling and renovation projects can become large and pricey. Our dedicated team of project managers are there to help guide you with the most efficient and effective remodeling advice for your project so don’t hesitate to contact your project manager with questions. 
  • Think about how many changes are necessary. Figure out which are the changes you want and which are the changes you need. What can you live without? When remodeling your home, you have to be comfortable with the chance that everything may not happen the way you would like. There are many factors that determine whether or not the changes you envisioned can become a reality. Discuss these factors with your project manager to help reach the best desired outcome for your project. 
  • Plan for the future. Are these changes things you will need in a few years? Plan for what you and/or your family’s needs will be and make sure these changes will meet those needs.

3) COUNT YOUR MONEY- BUDGET

  • After you’ve figured out what your remodeling needs are, see how much money you are willing to spend. In most scenarios, remodeling projects will cost more than expected. Allow for some flexibility in your budget to reach your desired outcome. Keep in mind what you want to spend and then set aside a little more for what you are willing to spend if need be.
  • If you expect to get a loan from the bank, apply for at least 10% more than you think you will need. It is always better to have money left over than to run out of money mid-project.
  • Don’t go overboard. Use the majority of your budget for the centerpieces of your project and save money on the smaller details. 
  • Write out your budget. Create a list of your project needs and what you are willing to spend on each of those items.

4) CHOOSE YOUR TEAM (Of course, this is where we step in)

  • Once you have planned out what you want and how much you are willing to spend, choose your team. Ask around for references from people you trust, but also make sure you find people that share your vision.
  • Ask questions and share your thoughts to make sure that you are working with people who will bring your ideas to life. Schedule a FREE walk through with one of our experienced project managers.
  • Delegate. Remodeling and renovation projects have a lot of moving parts. As a general contractor, we deal with all of the sub-contractors for you. Our team manages the project in full from material orders, to plumbers and electricians to cabinet fabricators and painters. If you want it, we have it. This saves you a lot of wasted time looking for your team individually. We can handle your project start to finish – and you only have to coordinate with one person, your project manager.
  • Your project manager will sit down with you and let you know what is plausible and answer any questions you may have. They will also keep you updated on the status of your project. Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible for you.
  • Make your timeline a promise. At Simply Sold, we don’t cut corners. We are transparent with your project needs and how long it will take to complete the process. Our contractors are accountable and the process is kept black and white to minimize surprises,

5) PERMITS (If necessary)

  • Before starting your project, talk to your contractor and see if permits are needed. Permits are there to make sure than your remodel will still meet the building codes and safety regulations in your city. Not every project requires one of these to make changes, but it’s better to know before you invest in any renovations to your property.
  • At Simply Sold, we will talk you through the permitting process and let you know what is needed for your specific remodel.
  • We have an experienced team of professionals who understand the process for collecting a permit and scheduling inspections. 

6) PLAN FOR PROBLEMS

  • As with many things in life, things do not always go as planned. When starting a project, plan for hiccups. The finish date may be pushed back due to a number of unforeseeable things such as weather or permitting issues.
  • Required parts for your project could be on back order. Patience is key during these situations. Adjustments can be made, but don’t compromise your vision in the midst of a project delay.
  • That does not mean you need to put up with unnecessary issues. If the project is taking too long because of lazy workers or misguided contractors, do not settle. Speak up and make sure you get what you paid for.

7) INSPECT WORK TO STAY ON TRACK

  • You should always inspect the work being done on your home. Checking in on the progress of your project keeps everyone accountable. We make this process easy by having one point of contact for you. Reach out to your project manager frequently for those updates.
  • Keep up with your timeline. Check in on specific parts of your renovation to make sure things are running as planned, or as close to your schedule as possible.
  • If you have questions, ask. This is your property and you have a say in what goes on. Do not hesitate to voice questions or concerns. 

8) CLOSE OUT

  • Create a punch list. Walkthrough with your contractor before the job is complete to take care of any items that you can see need to be addressed while workers are still in your home.
  • After you do a final walkthrough, there might be things that appear over the next couple of weeks. Make a list, then contact your project manager to come out and complete the list as a whole to save you and the team time.

 

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