December 3, 2021

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Home Remodel

When we mention the term “home remodel planning” people often think about the fun parts like choosing the new color palette, shopping for new furniture, and other items that we enjoy. However, planning a successful home remodel includes much more than that, “boring” details people often neglect that make their remodeling longer, more stressful, and more expensive. If you want your remodeling project to run smoothly, there is an extensive list you need to cross out. We spoke to remodeling experts at Ten Key Remodels to find out what these items are and how to ensure a smooth, successful remodeling project.

Know The End Result

Before you decide on the scope of your renovation, you should know your end goal. Do you want to increase your home’s resale value, add more functional space or implement aging-in-place modifications so that you may grow old in your family home? If you are selling your home, make sure the prices in your neighborhood justify more extensive remodeling or you may end up losing more money in the end. Having a plan will help you decide how extensive the project needs to be.

Know Your Budget

Having a budget and, more importantly, sticking to it is the key to any successful remodeling project. Make sure you have enough funds for the project and then some, as you will likely need a backup fund for any unexpected expenses that are quite common with remodeling projects. If you are on a budget, you could consider some projects that are not that expensive but add a lot to your resale value. In any case, before you dive deep into the remodeling project make sure you have all your expenses on paper.

Know The Calendar

If you want to remodel your home in a specific amount of time or by a specific date, make sure you start planning the calendar way ahead. Most reputable remodeling companies are booked ahead, so if your deadline is short you may have trouble finding an available contractor or spending much more on their fare than you normally would. Make sure you put your calendar on paper and account for any delays that may occur.

Ask Around Your Contact Circle

Make sure you ask your neighbors, family members and friends if they’ve recently renovated their homes. There might be a lot of useful inside info you can get from people who went through the same process recently. The more information you have, the smoother your planning will be.

Know Your Limitations

While you might be tempted to make your remodeling a DIY project, there are a lot of cautionary tales you should hear out before you decide to do this. More often than not, these projects end in a disaster – sometimes financial and sometimes with casualties. Remodeling and construction are hard jobs best left to professionals. There are many dangers you probably won’t take into account such as breaking the load-bearing walls or bumping into asbestos.

Have A Master List

The best way to ensure your project is a success is to create a master list that will entail everything from your budget, the checklist of items and tasks, useful contacts and anything else you may need. This will make the project significantly easier for both you and your contractors.

Get The Right Permits

Last but not least, don’t forget to obtain all the necessary permits for your renovation. This might be the most stressful part of the project, but it’s one you shouldn’t neglect at any cost. These permits are required to make sure your remodeling project is safe and meets all the necessary requirements. Not having these will also make it more difficult to sell your home if you ever decide to down the road.