“Home remodeling is a hassle”, “When renovating, expect the unexpected”, and “Be prepared for a lot of stressful situations” – you’ve probably heard or read these a hundred times, especially if you just started planning your home remodel.
Truth is, all these hold merits. However, you can take certain precautions to minimize and even eliminate potential risks. Read below and find out the secrets to a successful home remodeling along with everything you need to know before starting a construction project:
Learn Your Preferences
Not everybody has the same ideas, goals, and needs for their remodel. So, if you set clear expectations beforehand, you will have a much easier time communicating your vision with your chosen construction company. To learn more about your inner construction needs, ask yourself these three questions:
Why Do I Want A Remodel?
Is it to increase home value, improve functionality, add square footage, or simply spice up your interior? Once you find the genuine answer, you will determine all the project’s details in no time. For example, if you want to remodel to resell, you will know that you need to incorporate more trendy materials, limit style experimentation, and choose a universally likable design.
What Do I Want?
Unless you want to profit from your remodeling, ask yourself which architectural and design elements you truly want. After all, architecture and interior design serve one purpose – to improve people’s lives. For inspiration, you can use Pinterest, tour open houses, or ask for advice from architects and contractors.
What Do I Need?
Sometimes we focus too much on what we want rather than what we need. For example, you might want a tile kitchen floor, but you might need a non-slippery option to prevent accidents with your kids and pets. So, if you find yourself stuck between your needs and your desires, remember to prioritize safety. It’s the best way to stay grounded and on the right path for you and your family.
Organization Is Key
Knowing what you truly want and need isn’t enough for a successful remodel. You should also pay attention to organization and logistics. Even though most organizational aspects are the contractor’s responsibility, you still need to stay aware of all the details in question. If you want a seamless construction process, make sure to write these things in your organizational journal:
Determine your ideal timeframe
Find additional accommodation if necessary
Research material quality and delivery
Research zoning and permitting in your area
Figure out the basics: design, demolition, and reframing (if necessary), HVAC, electrical, plumbing, flooring, cabinetry and furniture, appliances, inspections, and roofing.
Set a realistic budget
Find a reliable construction company
Contractors Influence Everything
We cannot stress the importance of choosing quality contractors for your home remodel enough. Most medium-scope remodeling projects last from 3 to 5 months. The construction company you pick will become a large part of your daily routine. Not only that, but it will also dictate how the project progresses and in which direction.
For these reasons, you must find reliable and experienced contractors with a proven track record and tons of satisfied clients. Some other characteristics you should look for in a contractor are insurance, license, relevant experience, flexibility, and most importantly – impeccable customer service.
At SVL Home Improvements, we pride ourselves on offering high-quality services while maintaining a professional, transparent, and kind relationship with our clients. The success of our projects depends on our exemplary craftsmanship based on a love for helping homeowners and constructing quality builds in Southern New Hampshire.