If you find you have some extra time on your hands, now’s the time to plan that home remodel you’ve been dreaming of.
But getting to your dream home isn’t always simple. It takes careful planning for you to make sure everything goes according to plan. So, here are some simple steps and measures you can take to make sure you’re set to having your dream home.
6 Steps to Planning Your Home’s Remodeling
- Set a clear vision
Even if you want to keep yourself open to options, it’s important to start out with a vision in mind. What parts of the house do you want to remodel? If it’s several major projects you have in mind, which ones do you want to start with?
It’s also worth asking yourself why you want the remodel in the first place. While your focus might be on aesthetics at first, it’s worth considering the parts of your home that are causing you trouble. If you’re looking to simple renew, why not consider going for a functional space in your attic?
- Set a budget
Setting a budget is one of the most important things you can do to make sure your remodel doesn’t go out of control. Besides controlling costs, the one thing your budget helps with is limiting your options to items you like and can afford, instead of items can will set you back on other fronts.
So, what should you account for in the budget? Here are a few pointers:
- Are contractors involved? How much will they cost?
- Are fixes needed before you can do the actual remodel?
- How much will the material/new items cost?
- Will you need to get any permits or pay for insurance?
Besides these, it’s always worth leaving a contingency margin in case things end up costing slightly more than expected. If you’ve taken the time to plan carefully, 10% should do the trick!
- Hire contractors you trust
The right contractor can make or break your home remodel. If you’re unsure of what to look for, check out our resource on finding the right roofing contractor. While it’s roofing-specific, the same things apply when you’re looking for contractors for other jobs around the house as well.
- Set a schedule
You’ll want to set a schedule for two reasons. The first is that you need to have a realistic timeline in mind that you can work with. The second is that it helps you figure out when the best time to do certain jobs might be. If you’re getting a new roof, planning for around the Winter time might get you the best deals anyone could find!
It also helps to rely on professionals to see how long each job might take. If you’re working with trustworthy contractors, this might be the best thing to do to avoid any surprises (and learn about any dependencies between the jobs).
- Start with the big ones
If part of your vision includes a new roof or skylight/sun tunnel, it is most likely best to start with those since they can affect the rest of the work you might be planning.
The best way to know this is to contact the contractors for the specific jobs you think might count as major and ask them for their professional opinion.
- Set up alternative spaces
Whether or not you stay in the house while the remodel is taking place depends on how big of a project you’re undertaking. If you are staying, the best thing to do is to prepare ahead of time and set up an alternative space for the room/area that’s being remodeled.
If you’re looking to renovate your roof or work on your home’s siding and gutters, check out our other resources or contact us for a free inspection and quote!