Even the simplest remodeling projects can become overwhelming. But if you know a few insider tricks before you start a remodel, you’re guaranteed smoother experience! Here are 15 renovation tips from remodeling professionals.
Select products early on
Making product selections early can prevent delays and unexpected costs. Often, homeowners who wait to select materials run into issues with backorders, forcing them to either purchase a second choice, pricier material or halt their timeline. Halting or delaying work can become a huge problem when workers are required to adjust their schedules and start new projects. Moreover, knowing what materials you will be using and what they’re going to cost ahead of time will help you stay on track regarding both design and budget.
Remember the big picture
Long-term-maintenance, energy-loss, and repair expenses can add up quickly. Make sure you include them in your calculations when comparing prices and creating your budget. Don’t forget to consider the issues that could arise when opening walls, moving plumbing or tearing up flooring.
Find good help
Hire remodelers who have more than three years of experience, membership in the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), a good record with the Better Business Bureau, and positive customer references. Most importantly, select a remodeler you trust. Interested in a free quote? Call us today!
Visit a job site
When evaluating remodelers, ask to visit one of their current job sites. The best remodelers maintain clean and organized work sites. They will take precautionary measures to ensure safety and they know how to keep a low profile in a neighborhood.
Be a good boss
The most important thing you can do during a remodeling project, other than write checks, is to treat your remodeler well. “The perfect clients are easy to get along with, honest, and have an appreciation for what we do,” says Anthony Wilder, founder of Anthony Wilder Design/Build in Bethesda, Maryland.
Insist on detailed contracts
If you jump into a remodeling project with an ambiguous contract or no contract at all, you can set yourself up for some major headaches. When starting your project, be sure your contract includes the right address, a start date, a completion date, and a detail of what is and is not going to be done.
Know what you’re getting into
Remodeling is exciting, but a lot of frustration can build up as you encounter unexpected snags, delays, and the inevitable inconveniences that come from living in a construction zone. You’ll handle the lows better if you know what to expect and can plan accordingly. A reputable remodeler will condition your expectations before a project begins.
Pitch a temporary camp
Living without a kitchen is extremely difficult. You can help minimize the inconvenience by setting up a temporary one away from the construction area. Include a refrigerator, a microwave oven, a workspace, and maybe even a hotplate so you can continue cooking light meals at home. If you already have a very small kitchen, this will simplify the process.
Pack your valuables away
Even if you’re only renovating a bathroom, a remodeling project affects every room in the house. To ensure that nothing is damaged in the renovation process, be sure to take down pictures, move vases, and pack away valuables before work begins. While you’re at it, take steps to protect your immovable fixtures, including built-in cabinets and chandeliers. Have flooring covered with cardboard sheets and cover anything that might absorb dust with plastic.
If you have any concerns or questions, be sure to let the company supervisor or project lead know! Your team wants to ensure that you are happy with the finished product. Clearly communicating your requests and concerns will help them do so! So, don’t be shy!
When you’re about to start a remodel, there’s no shortage of great design advice. Consult with an experienced designer to make sure you know your options. They’ll give you tips while helping you uncover what will work best in your space.
Tailor your design to your specific needs
Unless you’re a fan of luxuriating in a bath on a regular basis, skip the whirlpool tub. If you have no time for a bath, think about spending your remodeling dollars on something you’ll use and notice every day, such as a luxury shower with dual heads.
Connect spaces wherever possible
Looking for a project with a big impact? Opening walls and hallways will help you get the most from your remodeling project by creating more livable spaces and improving the flow of traffic throughout your home.