Remodeling 101- Things to Consider Before You Start Any Renovation
Remodeling your home can be a great idea—if you take the time to plan properly with your unique needs in mind at all times. Before you jump in and start ripping up flooring and gutting electrical lets take a minute and consider what your goal even is, how the process works and how it’s going to affect your life—
- The Goal. Why are we undertaking a renovation? Are you looking for more functionality or is this a matter of aesthetics? Start looking around the internet at home improvement websites and save photos that represent what you’re looking for. Go to your local home improvement stores and collect paint samples and browse materials and start getting an idea of prices.
o Once you get your mind in remodeling mode, start making a list and prioritize what is most important for you to get out of this renovation. Never lose site of this list—keeping it in mind as you go through the process can help to assure that the finished product will be all you were hoping it would be.
- Now that you have your scope of work established it’s time to consider what kind of resources you’re willing to put toward it. In other words, how much time, money and energy are you willing to spend? Be brutally honest—can you handle this project on your own or do you need to bring in a professional? Don’t overestimate your abilities or underestimate how much a mistake in the final product will bother you in the long run or how much stress a prolonged renovation will put on you and your family.
o A word on budgets—decide right away how much you can spend on your project and then subtract at least 20% and maybe as high as 30%. Set that percentage away to be used for contingencies such as unforeseen structural issues, labor and material cost, etc.
- If you’re doing the labor yourself, sketch out the area and layout your cabinets and fixtures before you get started. I suggest you use graph paper so that you can sketch the room to scale. Then it’s a simple matter of getting out the tape measure and making accurate measurements—and remember, always measure at least twice!
- Consider things which you cannot see upon first glance. Materials such as flooring underlayment, subflooring, cement board, plumbing and electrical may all be exposed during a renovation and there’s no better time to replace them if needed. A nice new carpet laid over musty, pet-stained underlayment is just a waste of your money. This is where that contingency money comes in handy.
- Decrease the impact of the remodel on your daily life. Consider how the renovation will affect how you use your home and try minimizing it. For instance, if you are renovating multiple bathrooms consider doing them one at a time so that you will have one fully functional bathroom available at all times. If you’re painting a bedroom think about doing it in the morning to give it plenty of time to dry before bedtime.
Once your renovation is complete, give us a call to get a Comparative Market Analysis and we can tell you exactly how much your work has added to your home’s value. Good luck with your renovation from the Selling Snohomish Team! – Michael Larson