Thursday, September 18, 2014
Planning Before Starting Home Improvements
There are so many variables to take into account when beginning any remodeling project within your home. Whether you are going it on your own or hiringa contractor there are some things that will help your remodel or hurt it. Read on to discover the do’s and don’ts with your next home improvement projects.
· Be decisive with your decisions from the start. There will be a million decisions to make when remodeling a room in your home. The best thing to do is to make every decision before you begin any home improvement project no matter how large or small the renovation is.
Hiring a general contractor can help with this process. They are able to lay out a plan and keep you on a schedule. Small things like ordering a faucet can derail the schedule of a kitchen or bathroom remodel. When your faucet is late being delivered then the plumber needs to be rescheduled. Then if the plumber later installs the faucet only to find that the medicine cabinet door hits the faucet you have a new issue. It is simple to see how one mishap can lead to a lengthy and unexpected delay in any remodeling process.
· Try not to change your mind. It is inevitable that something is going to happen and you are going to want to change your mind. The most important thing to remember is that each time this occurs it will result in your order needing to be changed. This might not seem like a big deal however it usually adds to the cost of your project, increases time spent on the project and can lead to major schedule changes. Make sure of your choices before placing orders or settling on design renovations.
· Don’t buy materials on your own. Many people believe that purchasing materials on their own is the most affordable way to proceed through a remodel. Many people think that builders are just going to mark up the prices on their materials which is true. However, the fact is that the most affordable way to proceed through a remodel. Many people think that builders are just going to mark up the prices on their materials which is true. However, the fact is that builders get a decent discount on building supplies that many pass on to their customers. Even with their markup the materials still tend to cost less than they would at a home improvement store.
· Don’t wait to make necessary upgrades. There are times when you want to make cosmetic upgrades to your home but it is not always the right time. Adding fancy cabinets to a home with a saggy foundation or leaky roof is just not smart. Before making any upgrades or renovations to the home make sure the house is sound structurally. Adding central air to a home with little insulation is another renovation that just doesn't make sense. Make sure all necessary updates are made to the home before choosing cosmetic renovations.
Updating your home is always an adventure. You can keep the surprises to a minimum by following the tips above.