A growing trend for the past couple of years is repurposing your home. This means breathing new life into a tired, worn, or simply a nonfunctional living environment. Remodeling your home can be exciting, sometimes yielding a significant return on investment, not to mention the opportunity to enjoy your home more! Remodeling can, however, be daunting. Fortunately there are strategies to approach a remodeling project that can make it both exciting and stress-free!
Probably the most interesting aspect of any remodeling project is the planning stage. In the planning stage you get to take time visioning how the remodel will look like when completed. At this point in the project you can use all of your creative juices! Put your ideas down on paper. Sketch out what you would ideally like to have. Since you are in the creative stage, don’t be concerned about cost. A project can always be scaled down to size.
Your next step is to involve a professional contractor. A project can involve many steps, and may take as long as two months from first meeting with your contractor to the start of the project. This is the time you will want (and need) to make decisions regarding all aspects of your project including type of flooring, fixtures, and colors. Planning in advance before you begin construction will cut down considerably on the stress levels during a project and might ensure that the products you select will be available.
Selecting a Contractor
Depending upon the complexity of your project, it may involve many trades, so time to prepare becomes increasingly important. In addition, weather is always a challenge to scheduling, but an effective contractor can always plan a project accordingly.
When interviewing your potential project partner, ask them the following questions:
- Have you successfully completed this type of project before?
- Do you have references and can I contact these references?
- How is your business organized? Do you have your own employees or do you subcontract work?
- What decisions do I need to make (in writing) and by when?
- What is your policy for changes or upgrades to the project?
- How does payment work?
- And ask yourself – am I ready to work with this contractor for the next few months?
Once you have talked to references, viewed contractor’s finished projects, and signed paperwork, you are ready to begin! Work closely with your contractor by checking in with them on a daily basis to get project updates, understand any delays, and to make sure that the renovation is being completed per your expectations. In the end you will have a wonderful, refreshed space to enjoy!