When deciding on whether to remodel or not, it can be difficult to know where to begin and what the advantages are. At UBuildIt, we are here to guide you on your remodel and help you make the best decisions when it comes to remodeling decisions. Here are a few home remodeling tips that will help point you in the right direction. Remember, by selecting UBuildIt to assist with your remodel, you will have a professional and experienced consultant who can help you in these areas plus many more.
#1: Budgeting and Financing
Start by determining your budget. Decide on how much you want to spend or how much you can afford to spend. Break down your budget even further and decide how much you want to spend on each aspect of the remodel. There is products, materials, labor, and you may even want to add in a little bit of cushion in case of unforeseen costs. If you’re wanting to go big on one project, you need to factor in how that will affect the rest of the budget. By finding the right budget, the planning process of remodeling will be much easier.
After determining your budget, you may decide to find a lender to finance your project. It is important to find the right financing company that can help fund your project. You’ll want to take everything into consideration when it comes to choosing the right company. You’ll want to take their interest costs into consideration and the return of interest that’ll you see on the home to ensure that you are getting the financing plan available.
#2: Plan Ahead
Make a day trip to your local home improvement store and shop to your heart’s content. Select paint colors, lighting fixtures, appliances, and anything else you desire to have in your home. Take home samples and take pictures of the things that you are considering. By selecting everything that you want to have in your home, now you can make sure that everything will flow in your home and you won’t have to go through the trial and error of finding the perfect pieces in your home. You also need to take note of sizes, dimensions, model numbers, and any other details that are important to the project.
Now is also the time to create a calendar and checklist of when things will start and get done. This will help you stay organized when the remodel gets hectic. You’ll want to factor in time for delays in case things take longer than expected. Creating a calendar will help with the flow of the project and help everyone stay on track. If you’re wanting the remodel done before a specific date, like a holiday, start on the date you want it finished and work backwards. This way, you can ensure that you have enough time to complete everything.
#3: Sketch your Plans
Before you meet with your consultant, make a quick drawing of your plans. Consider how an additional room may affect the traffic flow of your home. If you are adding an additional story, think about how it will look against the structure of the home overall. Preparing yourself for exactly what you want can help make this process seamless.
If you’re not the most artistic person, or if you’re having trouble visualizing what you want, there are apps that can help. The app MagicPlan can capture the floorplan of your home using just your camera, and then you can take that plan and upload it to FloorPlanner where you can edit, add, or take out walls and rooms to create the perfect layout for your home. There are also several apps that assist in designing, measuring, and more. You can find the perfect app for your remodel here.
#4: Make a Portfolio
Here is where that shopping day will come in handy. Keeping a portfolio, whether hardcopy or digital, will keep your ideas organized and will help you better visualize the outcome of your remodel. Take notes when you see something you like and include photos if you can. With these added details, it will be easier to remember the small things when it is time. The apps listed above will also assist with creating your portfolio. Houzz even has a 3D option that lets you virtually try out more than 1 million products in your home. In your portfolio, you will also be able to compare costs of products and choose a more cost-efficient product to create the same look.
#5: Don’t Forget Labor Costs
Remember, labor for projects will add up quick when it comes to your remodel. If something is more labor-intensive, you may want to consider other options for this aspect of the remodel. If you’re set on a more laborious option, then there is always something else that you can scale back on to stay within budget. Our experts at UBuildIt will also help guide you in this process and explain how materials and design will impact your budget.
#6: Master List
Keeping track of all of the phone numbers and everything that you need to get done during a remodel can get overwhelming. A master list of the name of the contractors and suppliers involved, and what they are in charge of will help in making the remodel less complicated. In this list, you can also keep track of the supplies that you’ll need during the remodel. You can also keep this list with the calendar that you’ve made. Keeping all of the important details together, you’ll better be able to stay on track and keep your peace of mind during the remodel.
#7: Routine and Safety
When remodeling, it may feel like your whole life is being upended, that is why establishing a routine beforehand is important to consider, especially if you have a family. Consult with your contractor to establish start and finish times that will affect your daily routine as little as possible. This will also help you determine your schedule better and how much time will be allotted in each day. If you’ve got tiny tots that may be around the house, make sure you put up baby gates, electrical safety covers, and anything else that is necessary to keep your kids safe.
#8: Clean Up
At the end of a long day, it can be tempting to just turn off the lights and go to bed, but setting aside time to clean up will save you time in the long run. With a remodel, there will be dust, dirt, and other messes that are inevitable. If you put things back where they belong and clean up all of the mess that you can, this will help in avoiding delays and losing tools and other items. It can also save time cleaning up at the end of your project.
Remodeling can seem like a difficult feat, but with these handy tip and tricks, as well as the expertise provided by our professionals UBuildIt, your remodel will give you the home of your dreams with the least amount of stress as possible. Start your remodeling project today!