- Plan ahead!
- We cannot stress this point enough. Make your product selections early and develop a detailed plan with your general contractor. Your specific needs and wants should be outlined in the plan and be understood by all parties. Proper planning can also keep you on budget as well! You’ll have an idea what the phases of construction will look like and their costs.
- Set a Budget
- Your home renovation budget should include the costs for building materials, labor, building permits, and decorative finishes. Start by determining the amount you want to spend and then finalize your financing. Remember to reserve at least 10% of your budget for unexpected costs. Request cost estimates from multiple contractors. If your cost estimates exceed your budget, eliminate project elements that are a lower priority.
- Make a timeline
- Begin by selecting your desired start date with your contractor. You and your contractor should be able to estimate how much time is needed for each portion of the remodel. Determine which piece of the project should be started first and which should be finished concurrently. This will set a timeline so there are no unnecessary delays. The completion date should have a few extra days built in for unexpected issues or material delays. It is construction after all!
- Visit a job site
- This one is important and certainly the most overlooked! When interviewing a contractor be sure to ask about past work and current jobs. You’ll gain extra insight into their professionalism. Observe how well the employees are working together and if you have a rapport with the renovation team to ensure you can personally work with the company. The best contractors maintain clean and organized work sites, take precautionary measures to ensure safety, and know how to keep a low profile in a neighborhood.
- Keep resale in mind
- A2Z believes it’s important to think about resale as your planning remodel. Our rule is if you plan on staying five years or fewer make sure you keep resale in your mind as you plan. If you’re planning to stay more than seven, go ahead and personalize to your liking because it will be outdated by the time the house hits the market. In the end we recommend functional remodeling. Don’t go and paint the wall cow print because it’s your favorite. We suggest you try to appeal to the masses unless you’re planning to stay long term.
Best tips for a home remodel!