In our free time, we often think about finishing tasks we might have postponed for quite some time. A remodeling project is one of those tasks most people prefer to postpone for as long as possible. Though it is an exciting activity, the effort it takes to successfully complete a home renovation project is unparalleled.
When undertaking a remodeling project, the most exciting part is choosing paint colors, carpets, matching curtains, and whatnot. While these are extremely important details, many other major things require your attention too.
If you are about to remodel your house soon, here are some tips to help you avoid the mistakes most commonly made by people and complete your project successfully.
1. Plan about the safekeeping of your precious belongings
Some people have luxury cars and RVs (Recreational vehicles) parked in their garage. These are highly expensive and delicate vehicles; a small scar or dent can ruin them completely. Starting a home renovation project with a garage full of luxury cars and RVs is a surefire recipe for disaster.
A practical and affordable solution is to put your expensive vehicles in a storage facility. Opting for a storage facility is especially suitable when you live in a place such as Rockwall, Texas. Here the weather is mostly unfriendly, with hot and oppressive summers and cold winters, and it is partly cloudy year-round. Leaving your vehicles unattended in such areas can cause them harm. If you don’t know how to find a suitable RV storage facility in a place like Rockwall, search “rv storage rockwall tx” online. Contact details of various storage facilities will appear on your screen. Choose a storage facility that provides sheltered storage and protects your vehicle belongings from extreme temperatures.
2. Clean out the clutter
When renovating your house, plan where you will keep your stuff during the remodel. All kinds of laborers will work in different parts of the house. It is neither possible nor wise to keep an eye on the workers all the time to ensure they are not mishandling your possession. You will scare them away with your behavior.
So, there is always a chance that someone’s careless handling may damage your precious belongings. So before starting a home renovation project, it is a good idea to declutter your house and clean out the extra stuff. The fewer things you have, the less messy your house gets during the home renovation.
If you have delicate items that could break easily, pack them and make a pile in one corner—essentially out of the way. Also, cover your furniture with sheets or furniture covers to prevent dust and debris from damaging them.
3. Know the purpose of your remodel
Before you make a budget and decide about the changes you want to see in your house, think about the purpose of your remodeling project. Think about the following questions:
- What do you want to get out of it?
- Are you remodeling your house for your personal benefits—to make it more livable and improve its functionality?
- Or are you planning to sell it after renovation?
- Will you be able to recover the cost of remodeling along with profit when it is time to sell the house?
- Is your house in a neighborhood where you can increase its resale value with a slight makeover?
Asking these questions is important before you start spending money on your house. Even renovation won’t increase its value if your house is located in a backward area. Alternatively, even if you are planning to live in the house after renovation, think about the years for which you would stay before you move to a better location.
Don’t overspend on your house— not more than it really needs. If you want to know the return on your investments, contact a local realtor to know the current value of your house and the possibility of earning a profit before starting the renovation.
4. Make a budget for your renovation project
Once you know the purpose of remodeling your house, set a budget based on how much you can spend on this project. Consider other expenses you might deal with in the near future; for instance, you might need to pay your son/daughter’s college fee in a couple of months. If you have such urgent financial obligations, don’t make your home renovation project extravagant.
Home renovation projects often become more expensive than the initial estimates as time passes. Be sure to visit the market, and know the rates of the building material (cement, bricks, tiles, and paint), fixtures and lights, and furnishings before making cost estimates. After considering all the aspects and making a budget, stick to it.
It is also recommended to include some buffer for unexpected changes. Home remodel projects often become a series of surprises for the homeowners when the house’s hidden problems, such as water damage, plumbing issues, and structural problems, come to the surface. The extra money you keep as a buffer will help you with many of these unexpected issues.
5. Find an experienced contractor
Often home renovation projects are more intricate than they look initially. Therefore, hiring a professional contractor is a wise decision. It saves you from making costly mistakes. Hiring a contractor becomes indispensable when you are starting a remodeling project which is beyond your expertise.
There are many ways to find a reliable home renovation contractor. Some of them are:
- Asking a friend (Facebook friends) or family member to recommend someone
- Asking your neighbors to recommend someone if they recently remodeled their house
- Finding a contractor through an online search
Don’t entirely rely on whatever medium you use to find the right contractor. Always take the time to judge them, look at their previous work, talk to people who have worked with them, and read online reviews about them.
6. Get quotes from multiple contractors
Chances are, after looking online, and asking friends and family, you will get the contacts of multiple contractors. Once you have a list, the next step is to get quotes from them. For instance, if your remodeling project requires overhauling your kitchen and bathroom, get quotes for remodeling these areas from all the contractors on your list. Additionally, you can ask how long it will take to finish the whole project, how many workers will work, and so on.
By comparing contractors, you can secure a better deal that you might not get otherwise. Along with getting quotes from your contractors, you can also shop around for the material. Some stores give seasonal deals and discounts, which can help you save hundreds of dollars on renovation costs.
Home renovation is often costly; you cannot have a careless approach towards it. Before starting a home renovation project, consider various aspects that can influence the outcome of your project. Some of the aspects you must consider are listed in the article above. Considering them will help you streamline your project and prevents you from overspending on it.