Remodeling your home, whether to update for resale or just to improve your quality of living, can be amazing and fun. But picture yourself halfway through your kitchen remodel, only to realize the money you budgeted isn’t enough to cover completing the project or unexpected issues that arose. This is a perfect example of why home remodeling planning is so important. Below are four steps everyone should follow before the remodeling process takes place.
Draw a plan of the room on graph paper to clearly define what you want the end result to look like. Make notes of any and all ideas you have in regards to the desired room design-storage, lighting, colors, etc. Draw where you think furniture will go; note how certain elements will be incorporated. The plan can change throughout the remodeling process, but having that visual at the start will help guide the project as things progress. If you are having difficulty formulating a remodeling plan, call a professional handyman or designer to help with direction and give you more ideas.
Research the various elements you want in your plan. There are so many sites online that offer not only resources for products, but DIY projects and instructions. One can find a wealth of information on the many Pinterest boards for architectural, design and home décor ideas. You can also save time & money learning about other’s mistakes, rather than making costly mistakes yourself. If you find your remodeling project is beyond your capabilities, calling an experienced handyman for expertise may improve your plan. Once you have done your research, you will have a better idea of how much money and time are required to complete the project.
Create a budget for your project. Before you begin purchasing materials and securing labor, you need to set a limit to ensure that spending does not get out of control. Again, doing the prior research will save you money in the long run. You may find your plan needs to be altered to fit within your budget restraints. Allow for the possibility that you will have to hire certain professionals and their payment should be included in your budgeting.
By far, one of the greatest cost saving measures is to get the appropriate permits by our local township, to ensure your project complies with local building codes. This is particularly true if you plan to sell your home after the remodel. You do not want to find out in a home inspection report as you are going forward to a settlement, that your electrical wiring is not to code or the plumbing poses a leak issue. Make sure to apply at your local town office for any necessary permits involved in your remodeling project. If you are unsure of which permits you require, a call to a local handyman should point you in the right direction.