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Remodeling - 10 Step Quick Start Checklist
Home remodeling is an effective way to give your home a brand new look. If you are highly creative, you can certainly come up with a whole new atmosphere for your home. But let's face it - your ideas are only be ideas if you do not implement them. You need home remodeling to bring your ideas to life.
You are probably hesitant to do any remodeling for a very understandable reason -
Cost. Labor and materials can set you back many thousands of dollars. It would be great to have an exact budget for your home remodeling project, but you can never really determine an exact cost for your home remodeling project. The cost will depend on a lot of factors.
First, you have to think how simple or complex your home remodeling project will be. Are you just considering wallpapering or repainting your exterior? Perhaps you are thinking of replacing some of your bathroom and kitchen fixtures, or you want structural changes and elaborate reworking of current electrical and plumbing circuits.
The simplicity or complexity of the work to be done will determine the cost. If your project is complex, you will have to consider a building permit, hiring an electrician and plumber and purchasing more material. This will certainly cost you more than just repainting or adding some accessories.
The cost of home remodeling will not be as expensive as you think, if you have done some pre-planning beforehand. Remember that the cost of your home remodeling will greatly depend on how you plan and organize the things that you want done.
Remodeling Dos and Don'ts
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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