O.k., today we’re going to have a look at how to plan a home remodel.
Now the first thing that you want to do is you want to get some good ideas as far as what type of remodel that you want to do. Now some good suggestions for that is to go out in a lot of the new neighborhoods where they have model homes and take a camera with you. Most of those folks will be very good about letting you look around, so you can look in to various rooms, kitchens, bathrooms – which are really the two main focus that we have for remodeling your home, and also two areas that add the most value to your home when they’re remodeled.
Now keep in mind when you’re planning a remodel you want to consider your neighborhood and the type of homes that you have. And one thing you want to be careful about is making sure that you don’t overbuild or over remodel a home, because if you do too much you won’t be able to re-coup that investment when you go to sell your home.
So once you have visited some model homes you may also want to visit some home improvement stores. They have several people on staff that can give you ideas and work with you. Depending on the scope of work that you’re going to have you may want to meet with an interior designer or an architect. But once you’ve pulled those together the you’ve got your basic ideas, the next is to develop a plan.
You’ll want to take measurements so if we’re going to remodel the kitchen we want to take all the measurements and then we’d want to use a ruler and we actually want to draw this layout on this piece of paper. And that’s going to be the starting point.
Then we want to have a list of all the things that we want to do, whether it’s paint, counter tops, cabinets or appliances, we want to have all those lists and we want to prioritize. And once we do that then we gotta decide whether this is going to be a do it yourself job, whether this is going to be extensive remodeling you’re going to decide whether you’re going to need an architect, a contractor or whatever. And if you do, what you want to do is meet with a couple of the architects if you’re actually going to have a design done.
Get some of their ideas… Get at least two or three. Sit down with them and they’ll actually present the ideas, present the cost of doing that and then once you develop your plan then you’ll need to select a contractor. It’s a good recommendation that you select contractors that have some references and then get at least three competitive bids. And then you can evaluate the bids and evaluate the contractor you’re going to work with.
So if you go through those steps then you’ll be able to properly plan a remodel for your home. Good luck with your new plans!