Remodeling homes ain’t walk in the park. Just thinking about costing on labor, materials, tools, remodeling can be one helluva dilemma, and a real pain in the butt. With the pains of budget planning aside, everything else will be even more difficult for you to achieve your remodeling goal if you don’t do it the right way. Otherwise, it would ruin your timetable, budget and of course, your plans of living in your dream house v2.0.
With this in mind, here are some things to consider before deciding to get your hands dirty and give your house a much-deserved makeover:
1. Budget – Most likely to be the number one problem when it comes to planning a renovation or remodel. We all get it: Without budget, the project won’t push through. And DIY is not an option. If you have limited funds for your makeover, it is always recommended to approach a redesign/construction expert to consult for budget estimation. That includes labor, materials, etc. Once you’ve assessed this, the most important thing comes next: stick to it if possible.
2. Know your patterns – Patterns play a big role in improving your nest. It will either make or break the overall aesthetics of the house. That’s why it is important to keep in mind what patterns to keep and designs to veto. In addition, you may also consider looking for something more “evergreen” or simply time-defying designs to save you time and money in rethinking about updating your home after a year or so.
3. Work within the limits of your house – One common misconception about remodeling/renovation is they need to update everything. Keep in mind that you’re just remodeling your home, which means you just need to do a little “tweak” by changing, adding or taking out some elements to your house. By changing everything, then might as well build a whole new different house.
4. Choosing the Right Tools for the Right Materials – Just because it’s an all-around power tool, it doesn’t mean you can literally use it for everything else. Using the wrong tools for the wrong materials will result to wrong outcome. A common example of this is using a carbide saw for slicing off concrete or dry cutting a slab of granite using a sintered blade. This will not only damage your tools, but could also cause accidents and injuries.
5. Expect the Unexpected – Even home makeover and house flipping shows experience unexpected hassles along the way. Remodeling blunders are inevitable, so better anticipate, foresee and prepare for the worse that could come along the way so you can make the necessary adjustments.
6. Get the Right People – Starting from the contractor, down to the painters. Know their work experiences, see their portfolio or ask for references and referrals to see if they are the right people to hire. They’re supposed to help you revamp your house and not to give you additional difficulties.