Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Improve Your Home
You can improve your home with ease if you have a good step-by-step home remodeling plans. Remodeling professionals suggest the following ten-step program when considering any home remodeling plans.
Do you have the funds, time, and patience to remodel your home? Does it make sense to remodel or simply move into a larger home? According to the American Homeowner Foundation, moving can be extremely expensive, typically involving a 6 percent commission on the sale of the current home, plus another 2 to 4 percent for closing, moving, and other costs. This organization suggests that if you like your present neighborhood, you should instead look into what improvements you could make for 8 to 10 percent of your current home’s value before you seriously consider moving as an alternative to remodeling.
Are you remodeling so you can sell faster or get a higher sale price? Or are you remodeling to create a more comfortable environment for a long-term situation? The answers to those questions will determine how much money you should spend and the scope of the remodeling project you should realistically undertake.
You should have some idea of what the remodeling project will entail before you call a contractor. Cut pictures out of magazines. Make a list of rooms that need to be altered and the reasons for those changes. This information will help speed the design phase of your remodel.
It’s unrealistic to attempt to remodel your entire kitchen the month before Thanksgiving! You should establish a realistic timetable with your contractor that allows for delays due to weather, supply shortages, or other glitches that may occur.
The only way to protect yourself during a remodeling project is to hire a professional contractor. Make sure that you choose a contractor who is insured, licensed, and a member of a professional trade association.
Decide how much you can realistically to sell, your budget should not exceed any projected increase in market value of the home that is the result of remodeling. If you plan on staying in the home for a lengthy amount of time, you should spend a little more to get what you want.
The proposal should tell you how much the project is going to cost and what types of products will be used. If you proposal comes in above your budget limit, talk to your contractor about other options. Sometimes you can accomplish the same look with other products or design techniques.
The contract should cover the description of the project, timetable, payment schedule, types of products, etc., with provisions for the responsibilities of the contractor, subcontractors, change order procedures, warranties, and alternative dispute settlement clauses.
Be very wary of any contractor who wants a large amount of money up front. Normal contracts split payments by decreasing percentages of total cost and are tied to significant work stages in the project. Please note, however, that a large amount of money is usually required at the start of kitchen remodels to cover the costs of ordering appliances.
Remodeling can be noisy, time consuming, and disruptive to the normal home environment. It’s important to keep your sense of humor and stay focused on the end result, not the process that takes you there.
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