Home renovation projects come in many different forms, some taking a day or two and others encompassing several weeks or even months. But no matter what type of project you choose, spending a decent amount of time planning for what’s to come is always a good idea.
You don’t want to just dive in head first without considering what you hope to accomplish, and how you’re going to get there.
Many home renovation projects can add to the resale value of your home, which is a big reason why a lot of homeowners take on these types of projects to begin with.
The National Association of Realtors has a lot of good information on its website detailing which types of projects are the best, if adding value to your home is the end goal.
One major tip comes from a roofer out of San Antonio Texas, Joel Kite of Independence Roofing of San Antonio says “You’d be amazed how many people remodel their bathroom and kitchen before looking at important things like the foundation, termites, and the most important thing – the roof!.”
People dig in and spend $30,000 dollars on a new kitchen, but then their roof goes bad the next year, some people need to prioritize and an important guide to follow is to start at the bottom, top, sides, then the inside of the home when it comes to renovation.
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But no matter what you have in mind when renovating your home, there are a number of things you should do in advance of getting to work.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Determine Your Budget.
This is extremely important and something that needs to be done before you go any further with the project.
The last thing you want to do is set aside $1,000 for a home renovation project and then get hit with a $5,000 bill when all is said and done.
Take some time and really think about what it is that you want to accomplish and then talk things over with an expert before taking the plunge. Making sure you can afford what you’re about to embark on is something that should definitely be on your “must do” list.
Choose Your Materials.
Now that you know what you can afford, you can head out to your local home improvement store and start looking around.
If your approved budget calls for granite countertops in the kitchen, for example, see what’s available in that area.
But engineered quartz is growing in popularity and is much more budget friendly, if you’ve found you need to save a few dollars in certain areas.
Write things down, take photos and choose what you want to install in whatever area of the home that you’re renovating. Then you can bring those ideas to your contractor and get some input from him as well.
Determine What You Can Do Yourself.
There will likely be certain parts of the project that you can do yourself, if you’d like to do so in order to save a little money. You may want to try this out on your own first, however, just to make sure you’re not in over your head. If you can’t do it, or simply don’t want to do it, that’s what your contractor is for.
Keep in mind the size and value of your home when taking on a new home renovation project. For example, you don’t want to put in a new kitchen at a cost of $50,000 if you’re home is only worth $100,000 to begin with.
To think that this project will automatically add 50 percent to the value of your existing home is not realistic, thus the project would not be advisable.
This is definitely an important part of the process and one you don’t want to take lightly. Interview as many possible contractors as you can and be sure that you’re making a solid choice.
Check references, do online research, check with your local chamber of commerce and be sure that the contractor holds valid licenses in whatever areas they’ll be working in. Taking a little extra time and thoroughly vetting potential contractors in this stage of the process can prove invaluable down the road.