5 Things You Need to Do Before Remodeling Your Home

Remodeling a home isn’t something you can do on a whim. It requires a lot of planning, effort, energy, and time. In short, a lot of work goes into it. You need to think about how much you’re willing to spend, the safety measures you need to consider, how much time you are ready to put into it, and who’s going to make it happen. 

Nevertheless, remodeling is a time-consuming and arduous process. You might be tempted to skip to the big reveal, but we all know that’s not possible. Without proper planning or preparation, your remodel could quickly turn disastrous. 

Hiring just anyone for a big project such as remodeling your home is a huge mistake. Every room in your home has its own unique characteristics and has different needs or requirements. For example, remodeling your kitchen requires considering a functional layout for everyday activities, cooking, and dining. Basements are also intricate spaces. Remodeling a basement might require more steps and consideration. In comparison, remodeling your bedroom might be a less tedious process.

Contractors are easy to find these days, but finding the right contractor for your home is a bit more complicated than that. In this article, we’re going to discuss five things you need to do before remodeling your home and how to find the right contractor for the job to ensure that your renovation will be seamless.

1. Stick to a budget

First and foremost, figure out an ideal budget. Know how much you are willing to spend and make sure you don’t exceed your spending limit. In addition to a budget, remember to add in extra funds for unexpected costs. 

Do proper research and know what upgrades and renovations your home needs. A top-of-the-line renovation might seem like something your home needs, but simple, cheap, and easy upgrades can create the same results. So, don’t go overboard and list down renovations that your home needs. 

2. Do thorough research 

Research potential remodeling companies you’d like to hire for the job and look at their reviews. Also, make sure they are certified and are part of the ROC. The last thing you want is an uncertified, unreliable contractor with no experience. With so much information on the web, researching remodeling companies is a breeze these days. 

So, head on to sites such as Houzz or Google Listing to help you look for the perfect contractor for your home. Good reviews are crucial when it comes to looking for the right contractors. A solid four out of five stars is considered decent when in the remodeling industry. 

3. Ensure that you have a dedicated designer

Remodeling a home is a stressful process alone. It’s costly, time-consuming, and you have to be prepared for unexpected costs if needed. Regular general contractors usually base their prices on the short amount of time observing your home and increasing prices once the project starts. When looking for a designer, make sure that they adhere to the design-build process. 

You don’t need to worry about going over your budget and drastic price changes with a design-build process. A design-build process assures homeowners that they won’t go over their budget since the remodeling company creates the designs and plans upfront while maintaining the specified budget. The chances for price change are minimized with this process.

4.Have a list of questions prepared

After doing thorough research, you might still have a few questions you want to ask. Don’t hesitate to compile them into a list and ask away when you meet your contractors. Since remodeling your home can be pretty costly, you should be confident in your decision to hire a specific company.

So, make sure you cover everything and get all of your questions answered before your contractor starts working on your home to ensure a seamless remodeling process.

5. Have a project management software ready

Does your contractor have a particular project management software they use regularly? If they’re not using any, your remodel might take longer to complete, they won’t have a system to track your remodel’s progress, and communication will be unorganized.

Before you hire a contractor, check to see if they have project management experience, how they communicate with their clients, and how you can track progress. Having project management software will make everything easier since project management, communication, and progress monitoring are placed in a streamlined and accessible place. 

Wrapping Up

Remodeling is no easy task and will require your total commitment. You may run into a few bumps, but remodeling your home will be a breeze with proper planning, budgeting, and preparation. Doing your due diligence and getting as much information as you can about remodeling companies and contractors you’d like to work with, having a list of questions ready, and making sure the contractor you’re hiring fits your requirements is a great way to kickstart your home remodeling project. 

About the author

Hi my name is Jeremy Maher. My wife, 2 kids and I went through Contractor Nightmares for 3 years straight.

Ben, Mark, and I teamed up to start Phoenix Home Remodeling to help homeowners remodel without the common contractor nightmares.

Learn more about Jeremy's expertise and topics he likes to write about on his author page.

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