Home Remodeling can be a stressful and sometimes frustrating process that yields incredible results. That’s why Simple Restoration is providing this list of 7 home remodeling tips for your Upland home: we want to help you ensure that your home remodeling project is as stress-free and successful as possible. Remodeling projects can help you complete your dream home. However, be aware that the larger the project is that you’re taking on, the more risks there are that come along with it. It can be extraordinarily frustrating to have delays and unforeseen difficulties which keep your home from being fully functional for even longer. However, home remodeling projects do have some of the best payoffs: it is extremely satisfying when they are finally finished. Below are some tips to help get you through the process, and most importantly, for how you can prevent stress and frustrations.
1. Make a Budget You Can Stick To
One of the most common mistakes people make when they are starting a remodeling project is giving themselves an unrealistic budget. If your budget doesn’t have a little bit of wiggle room built into it, then you are much more likely to go over it. Then, once you go over budget, chances are, you’ll end up spending a lot more than you expected and you won’t be happy with it. However, if you give yourself a higher budget, you’ll be much more likely to remain inside of it.
2. Think Long Term
You should always consider what the long term effects of any home remodeling project might be. For instance, if you are installing a new lighting fixture, with energy-efficient lighting, consider how much money that will save you on your energy bill in the long run. Although the project might be pricey in the beginning, it can eventually save you quite a bit of money. Conversely, if you are considering installing an indoor pool, make sure you have a pretty good idea about how much it will regularly cost you to maintain. Thinking long term can help you be sure that you want to go through with your proposed project.
3. Hire a Licensed Contractor
It is crucial that you make sure that you choose a contractor is licensed. Many contractors who conduct business over sites like Craigslist, or who offer pricing that seems too good to be true are not legitimately licensed. Although this may not be true for every contractor in the groups mentioned above, it is best to not take any risks. When you meet with a potential contractor, before you sign any contracts, ask to see their license. Also make sure that they have a surety bond. This will ensure that, if for any reason, the work is not completed, you as the homeowner will not lose more money in trying to get the job finished.
When you have chosen a contractor, and you are developing a contract, it should be agreed upon that all construction will be completed in accordance with up-to-date codes and that all necessary permits will be obtained. The contractor will be responsible for any damage that is caused by the work, any insufficient work, and for all injuries that happen on the job site.
4. Communicate with Your Contractor
It is extremely important that you maintain an open line of communication with your contractor. Tell them exactly what you want in order to minimize mistakes and a tedious trial and error process. It is also usually a great idea to set up a meeting between you, your contractor, and your insurance broker before any work on the job is started. This can help you figure out what kind of coverage might be best for you and your situation, as well as which would be in best accordance with your state’s laws. You should also discuss increasing your coverage with your broker once the remodeling is completed. If any additions were made to your house, it theoretically is more valuable now.
5. Expect the Unexpected
As mentioned above, there is always the chance that there will be some roadblocks along the way to completing your home remodeling project. For example, what if whoever did the previous work on your projects cut some corners that now affect this project? Or what if you request that a certain material be used and its shipment is delayed? We hope that your project is completed without issue but we know that that isn’t always the case. That’s why it’s best to be prepared for the unexpected.
6. Set Up a Temporary Living Space
We also stated earlier that it can be frustrating when your home is under construction for an extended period of time. That’s why we suggest that you set up a temporary living space in an area of your home that won’t be under construction. Consider moving your refrigerator in there if your kitchen is to be remodeled so you can easily access your food. Additionally, consider where in your home will provide you with the most comfort and security throughout the duration of your home remodeling project.
7. Don’t Be Afraid to Embrace New Ideas!
It’s true that many of the best ideas are often overlooked. That’s why you shouldn’t be afraid to embrace new ideas. If you have an idea for how to combine your living room and dining room, then do it! Open spaces make your home appear bigger and more comfortable. The same goes for your home’s exterior. Of course, you should seek advice and second opinions, but at the end of the day, it’s your home!
Simple Restoration is the leader in Upland home remodeling. We pride ourselves on our efficient and quick construction and we are positive that we can help you bring your dream home into fruition. Visit our website to schedule your free in-home estimate today!