Jeri Collins Home Remodel April 02nd, 2019 - 02:23:27
Before a homeowner decides to embark on a remodeling project, there is a great deal of work to be done. Just as the old adage for carpenters is, "Measure twice, cut once," so the adage for homeowners is "Know what you want done, have done only what you want." In other words, it can be expensive for the homeowner to change his or her mind halfway through a home remodeling and decide on additional features which would necessitate tearing out part of the remodeling job and redoing it because a "better idea" has occurred.
For example, the national average does not reflect local economies and house markets. A stagnant local economy has led to homeowners recovering an average of 65% of money spent on remodeling projects while in some economically active areas homeowners recoup an average of 109%. People tend to make more of their money back if they wait longer to sell after the remodel job. By the same token, don't wait too long as the remodeling job will wear out and have to be redone.
Choose a contractor with an established place of business, preferably in your locality. Ask for and check references, and observe each contractor carefully as he or she "sizes up" your home improvement or home remodeling project. If they're not asking many questions, there's no way they can adequately estimate the cost of your remodeling project.
Don't get stuck on some particular color or finish of materials you might personally like. You have to think ahead, whether it will still be good looking and in style decades into the future and if it will appeal to most other people not just to you. This is particularly important if you are planning to sell your home further down the line. You will want to appeal to a maximum number of potential buyers.
Then, there are those members of the household who are constantly wishing to have fun and entertainment. They wish to watch movies and listen to music all the time and at times, this passion and addiction is much larger than any available financial budget. For such people, it is absolutely vital for a budget to be allocated for remodeling or else the likelihood of going overboard is very high. By having a budget, perhaps one room of the house could be allocated to entertainment rather than exploring within the entire house.
Next step is knowing what you want to be accomplished. If you aren't sure exactly what you want, work closely with your contractor; they will be able to give you technical insight and experience-based knowledge that will help you decide where to spend your remodeling budget. Get a blueprint of your house and determine which parts will need the renovation. Are there things that need immediate structural repair? Perhaps there are cracked walls, or weakened beams, or damaged sidings. These things should get the foremost attention.