Home remodeling is a growing activity amongst many homeowners these days. This could be due to the desire to enhance the appearance of their homes or to invest in an appreciating asset that could generate a hefty return one day. Home remodeling for beginners can be difficult at times as they likely experience various alleys and side-routes that could derail them. However, there is no need to despair. With the proper mindset, preparation, and education; beginners can succeed with their do-it-for-me (DIFM) projects. Here is a step-by-step guide beginners can use for remodeling their homes.
Develop a Plan
Home remodeling could start as a blueprint written down on paper or as an image inside of your head. This vision or roadmap helps you to explain what you want, seek assistance as required, and make sure you adhere to or adjust your remodeling plan. Furthermore, consider the advantages and disadvantages any proposed change can have on your home. For example, certain “modern” alterations might look nice to you but might be out of place for your type of home, resulting in a decrease in property value. The expense for some changes may exceed the benefits. If you need additional assistance, consult with a professional and/or get involved with the various home improvement project communities. Thus, several professionals in the remodeling business believe that the planning process is extremely important. So be sure to plan everything to exquisite detail, including obtaining detailed quotations by line item (if feasible).
Create a Budget
The next step of the home remodeling process deserves particular attention. Once you have the ideas and scheduling worked out, you need to create a budget for this plan. Never green-light a plan that falls just exactly within the budget because the chances are very high that hidden costs will come up. Thus, you may end up lacking the required monetary resources to see the project to completion. Likewise, it is important to account for maybe a 10%-15% cushion to cover sudden overruns.
Build Your Team
Finally, when home remodeling for the first time, it is better to actually hire architects and contractors to do it for you; especially for big and technical jobs. Be sure to ask for references and proof of insurance and licenses. Once you have selected a team, next focus on developing a written contract. This written contract should include the project scope, timelines, required materials and supplies, and so on. It must be written in a way to reduce the chances of misunderstandings and project shortcomings. Every party must agree to the terms as well.
Always acquire any required permits before beginning a home remodeling project. These include legal and building permits. A legal permit may be required for structural changes and a building permit may be required to ensure the project adheres to safety codes and regulations. Make sure that either your general contractor or you have the required permits before the project begins. Finally, plan to deal with both the peaks and valleys that could occur during your home remodeling project.