Perhaps you have spent the past months discussing with your spouse or partner changing the tiles of your kitchen island. You might be thinking of freeing up some for your living area by removing an interior wall. If you have been imagining doing something new to your house, then you may be itching for a home remodel.
Whether you recently bought a new property, you have a condominium unit or you live in a vintage house, undertaking a home improvement project refreshes our way of living and even adds value to our house. You may want to do something simple like repainting the walls or you may want to undertake a slightly bigger project by installing security screens or window shutters. What is important is you plan ahead and do some research. To guide you with the home improvement decisions you will make, we’ve prepared some tips you can follow.
Plan your Budget First
There are homeowners who jump into home remodelling projects having an open-ended budget. This is not advisable as most renovations tend to go above the budget. It is important that you do some research and track all the possible expenses and then put some cushion around your budget for unexpected purchases.
Do-it-Yourself or Hire a Contractor
You may have a workshop filled with all the tools needed for a home improvement. However, you must remember that not all home remodelling projects are suitable for DIY enthusiasts. Remember that you must only do-it-yourself when you completely believe that you can do a better job in completing the project. If you possess highly skilled workmanship, you will find that your finished products are better than most contractors you will find in your area. However, when you do-it-yourself, the project may take a bit longer than when you hire a professional. Keep in mind that time is gold and that you can save money when the project is completed in a timely manner.
It is important to acknowledge your limits and know when to hire a professional. If you have a clear vision of what you want for your home, go ahead and be your own general contractor. As long as you can find good workers from the home improvement industry, then you can pull this off.
Prioritise Quick and Necessary Home Improvement Projects
There are some home improvement projects that are more urgent than others. When you undertake these projects first, then you can save money by avoiding devastating damages. For instance, you heard that there is another burglary in the neighbourhood, then installing security screens on your doors and windows should be your priority. Perhaps, you have hardwood floors and they tend to freeze your feet during the winter season so you uncomfortably wear several layers of socks. Then, the best home improvement project would be putting in the carpet before the winter comes.
Let the Contractor Purchase your Materials
It is mostly true that contractors usually mark up the cost of the materials. However, you have to know that builders typically have good connections in the market and that they get the materials at a better price. It goes without saying that even after the contractor added the markup, you will still pay the same price as you would when you purchase your own materials.
Do not be Fickle Minded
While your home improvement project is running, you may want to change your mind about a prior decision you made. However, always remember that whenever you change your mind about something, you will cause delay. Some changes may seem small, but they always come out as added expenses. Even the time you spend discussing the change will cost you money. You have to keep in mind that the schedule will be affected. You also have to make sure that everyone in the project clearly knows about the change so that no one will waste time working on the previous plan. It is perfectly fine to make changes. You just have to acknowledge that changes cause delays.
Manage your Contingency Fund Wisely
As previously mentioned, most home improvement projects tend to go over the budget.It is rare that people spend exactly as the amount they budgeted beforehand. However, remember to carefully think about your decisions when you’re spending your contingency fund. This amount should be intended for unexpected expenses and not for unnecessary changes. If you initially planned a kitchen remodel, stick to it and not extend the project to your living room. Save that other project for another time and another budget.
Have a Home Improvement Design before Starting
There are projects that will require you to hire an architect, while there are some that need an interior designer. Sometimes, all you need is a talented and skilled builder to draw up your vision for your home improvement project. What’s important is when you come up with a design, opt for a timeless look and avoid trends. Let’s say you prefer modern design. Then choose a classic or neutral look when you choose the style and materials for your home remodelling project. When the time comes that you decide to put your property on the market, you will be thankful that you chose the timeless look.
Considering Renting another Property during the Remodelling
It is perfectly acceptable to ignore this tip when undertaking a home improvement project. Remodelling your home can be costly and moving out is another expense. However, it can be quite uncomfortable to come home to a stressful and messy construction site after a day’s work. Also, it may be dangerous to have the pets or kids around the construction. If you can afford to move out during the remodelling, then go ahead and do so. However, if your budget does not permit you to do so, then schedule the home improvement during a time where you can go on a vacation. Use this time to retreat to a comfortable vacation place while your remodelling project is running back home.
Home improvements are stressful projects you can undertake. However, once you see the final output, you will see how much the project enhanced the look and value of your home. What is important is you study your options carefully before making any decisions. When you have a clear and systematic plan, you will see satisfying results at the end.