Taking on a home remodeling project is an exciting challenge, but you’ll also be well aware of the potential headaches and pitfalls that can be caused when things go wrong. There can be things outside of your control, but actually you have a lot of small decisions that can make the process go a lot more smoothly…
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Find Trusted Contractors and Suppliers
Half the battle with making a remodel go smoothly is finding the right people to work with. This can make or break your experience. Start by asking family, friends and neighbors for personal recommendations. If these aren’t available, make sure to do your internet research rather than just focusing on the price quoted. A supplier may be the cheapest, but if the job goes wrong because of them then it would be a costly mistake. Don’t leave all the supplier details to your builder either – build your own contracts list of specialist suppliers and you’ll be more informed.
Choose Details Early
It may sounds like a completely irrelevant detail, but making and sticking to choices for small details is hugely important. Why? Well, even the small things like choosing a paint finish or minor hardware can have knock on effects that derail timescales. Minor details going wrong are often why things spiral into long delays, which cost time and money. So it’s important to sort the small stuff as the decision maker promptly.
Don’t Start Without a Contingency Fund
Money can often be really tight on a renovation project, and you may be already stretching your resources, but it’s essential not to begin works without an emergency fund in place. Aim to have at least 5% of the total project costs available to cover unexpected situations. You can’t afford not to do this, as having something come up that you can’t cover can leave you with a half finished project dragging on for months.
Think About the Personality of the House
Having a vision for a renovation should largely depend on the nature of the existing building. Your planned works must be sympathetic and bring out the best of what is already there, or they will never look right. Think about the features of the existing property that attracted you in the first place and plan to enhance and extend them. A house must evolve with the times but you should also be respectful of its original style.
Get the Bones Right
While it can be tempting to jump straight into installing a new kitchen or creating a garden room extension, you need to make sure that the underpinnings of your house are all in good condition. Fancy fittings won’t be any good in a house with a sagging foundation, and that new wood burning stove is only a good investment if you’ve made sure the house is properly insulated to keep all the heat in. It can be a costly mistake to get carried away without paying enough attention to the more boring essentials and making sure the basics are in great condition before going onto the hero projects.
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Kitchen remodeling is a big job, and when done right, it’s a fantastic investment. This article helps you get organized and started on the right foot with your own kitchen remodeling project. Plan your steps out now so you don’t have expensive mistakes later!
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It is easy to go overboard and this tip will definitely keep one in check.
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STEVEN CHOQUET says
Your definitely right, when renovating a kitchen sweating the small stuff will pay huge dividends towards a successful remodel.
Steven, yes indeed! Thanks for stopping by.
Anyone here have the idea in paying the contractors?, was it before?, after? or pay half before and the other half after? Or by proportion of their completed work to make sure they do what has been agreed and what has to be completed on time.
Archant, here in Wisconsin, USA, it depends on the type of work. For electrical and plumbing, you pay after, but immediately. For siding, we have done 60% up front, then the remainder immediately after. Roofing we have had to pay completely up front. For carpenters, the materials are paid up front, then the remainder and they will let us be billed for the remainder. Fencing and landscaping, it is 50% before and 50% immediately after. That has been our experience, but it may be different per business as well. Thanks for reading!
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Liz Edion says
Yes, it is good to find trusted contractors and suppliers. In most cases what you pay for is what you get. Cheap is not always the way to go. I have seen some very cheap contractors do the worse jobs and you cannot get your money back.
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Don’t put yourself at risk of sustaining injury in an effort to save a few dollars. Hire someone who has the training necessary to complete the job without significant risk.
Emery Ocampo says
I love how you listed down the important factors that you should consider when renovating your home. I will definitely save this for future reference as I am thinking of doing a home renovation. Thank you for sharing this!
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Getting the bones right is the right way to proceed. The rest naturally looks good when you build around a solid set of bones
Hello, Great tips and the key is to strike a balance between the project and the cost. Of course, in order to reap the financial rewards of any project, you have to do your research to make sure that your output will not far exceed the input or the added value to your home.
That’s good advice, thank you so much for stopping by.
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