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Remodeling Dos and Don'ts
With the current struggling housing market, many potential home-sellers are remodeling their homes either to encourage a sale or to keep. Before you bring out the hammer and nails for a little sprucing up, here are a few dos and don'ts regarding remodeling.
Do hire a contractor
Thumb through the yellow pages and make some calls. Weigh your options, and see if the contractor has any professional references they can give you. Do not be afraid to ask about the quality of work. If they have a website, go to it. See if there are any testimonials from satisfied clients. If a contractor tries to withhold this information, don't bother with them. They probably aren't telling you their positive feedback for a reason: they don't have any.
Don't do the job yourself
One of the biggest misfires people make when it comes to remodeling is planning on doing it themselves. Contractors have the skills and training to complete any remodeling job quickly and efficiently. Remodeling professionals are also more cost efficient in that they can provide the tools, labor, and required materials at a more reasonable charge. While you may think that picking up a few how-to books and making a trip to Home Depot will help you in your efforts to remodel your home, think realistically. Unless you have been professionally trained to do the work, leave the hard labor to the experts.
Do be conscious of your environment
Thinking of investing in a pool when you live in Alaska? While the novelty is there, don't overshoot your limitations. Be realistic about what you want to remodel. Think of what will give your house realistic market value improvement, or just remodel what you genuinely believe needs a little fixing up.
Don't be too creative
If you're remodeling your home with the intention to sell it, don't go overboard with improvements that only appease you as the owner. Thinking of remodeling your bathroom to look like an Amazon jungle, complete with waterfall? Think about what a potential home buyer would say who isn't a fan of warmer climates. One of the biggest mistakes people make when remodeling for home sale is not taking a buyer's feelings into consideration. You want to use a universal outline for home remodeling. While you shouldn't feel you have to keep things overwhelmingly conservative, don't let your improvements deter potential home buyers.
The Simple Keys to Remodeling Success
Take time to sit and make a list of all the things you would like to change about your home, whether it is something simple like new throw rugs or larger projects such as an updated kitchen or a new wet bar in the basement. If your list contains any major home remodeling jobs, start contacting contractors now, before their spring and summer schedules start filling up.
Whatever the remodeling project you have in mind there are some keys to a successful outcome that apply to them all.
Budget - Knowing exactly what you can afford and then sticking to it is essential. Make allowances for the fact that unexpected expenses almost always crop up on any remodeling project, so adding an extra 5-10% as a contingency reserve to your estimated costs is a good idea. Nothing will spoil a great remodeling project like running out of money half way through and having to live in an unfinished room for months while you try to scrape up the cash to complete the work.
The Right Contractor - Take the time to research the companies in your area and to choose the right contractor for your remodeling job. Price is, of course a big consideration but do not overlook rapport. These are people who will be spending time (often a lot of time) in and out of your home. If your personalities and expectations do not mesh it can be a recipe for disaster.
The Big Objective - Why are you remodeling in the first place? If you believe that you will be staying in the home for a long time to come it makes sense to spend a little extra on appliances and upgrades like a whirlpool tub, but if you are remodeling with an eye to selling the property spending money on such extras is simply not worth it.
Timelines - Most remodeling projects are not one day affairs and a single delay can cause a domino effect that will cost both time and extra money. Before the project begins make sure that you and your remodeling contractor are on the same page about how long the job will take.
Paperwork - Before the first nail is hammered or tile is laid, make sure that you have any and all required permits on hand and that you and your chosen remodeling contractor have a clear written understanding of the project's cost and scope.
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