There is no better time than NOW
You have been wanting to remodel your home for so long, or recently bought a home that suits your budget but definitely not your style? Make it part of your new year’s resolution and start to plan your home renovation ahead. If you wondered what are typical steps for a home remodeling project, we created this article especially for you! Here are 5 things you need to think about before you start remodeling your house:
#1: Planning is good. Wait, what should I do first?
First of all, let us tell you that if you have enough time, money, and energy to spend the possibilities are endless, and you can choose whoever you want. If you think your time is precious and you value your hard-earned money, you should really plan ahead.
Start with listing all the things you want to change in your home. We suggested going room-by-room, starting with your kitchen or bathroom and create a detailed list of things you wished to change. If your kitchen lack storage space, you should have it on your list. We even suggest counting your cabinets and storage spaces to have a better understanding of the design plan later on when working with your interior designer.
Everything you desire to change should be on that list. The more specific you’ll get, the more accurate your budget will be.
While working on that wishlist we suggested above, ask yourself how long are you planning to live in the house?
There are alterations and designs we would steer away from, for the sake of resale purposes. For instance, we know European kitchen is remarkably popular right now (not everywhere, we’re still in Dallas, Tx Y’all) but if you intend to re-sale your home in the next 2-3 years, we’ll recommend a contemporary kitchen design as shown below.
If you imagine this home as your forever home, fabulous! Now we can include all the latest technologies and updates you desired on that wishlist! (Yes, that TV mirror you always wanted or that man cave you have been dreaming of).
#2: Let’s talk finance, shall we?
We all saw Fixer Upper in Waco and were given the impression we can have a fully renovated home with custom cabinets and a lavish master bathroom for $50K. Well, sorry to dissolve that dream… it can happen only on television. If you are to hire an interior designer and general contractor to manage all teams together, pull permits and buy quality materials you will spend a lot more.
Think about the amount of money you are willing to invest in your home. When you do so, make sure you are not exceeding the market around you, and you know Dallas’s home market has a large variety to work with.
Be realistic about your budget. If you want to refresh the whole house your starting budget should be around $150K. If you expect electrical work to be done, and possibly plumbing, you should be working with certified professionals to pull permits and go through inspection.
In that case, we will recommend to increase your budget an additional $70K and above to complete your home renovation. [Note: those numbers are relevant for home improvement and remodeling in Dallas, Tx and may vary for projects in other states].
Editor’s Note: When you interview your design build firm or contractor, make sure you have a payment plan that won’t stress you out. A contractor that requires full payment in advance should raise a red flag.
#3: Finding your soulmate (AKA your general contractor, design build or remodeler)
Your design-build firm/remodeling company will be at your house over a significant period of time moreover you should feel comfortable with their presence and rely on them to be respectful of your home, and your personal belongings. You should trust your contractor.
When beginning the process of interviewing potential home remodelers or design-build firms, you should learn about their liability and insurance, permit policy, learn about their labor warranty, and payment plans. Make sure to ask relevant questions about their design team and project managers. Furthermore, be assured that the chosen general contractor/design-build firm is capable to take on your home improvement project and they know how to handle your remodel scope of work. Review closely the contract you are required to sign on and make a note to yourself in case there is something that needs clarification.
#4: Design. Interior Design.
Since we have completed a bunch of multiple projects and have had the opportunity to meet numerous clients, we can tell you one thing. If it is NOT functional, it does not worth your efforts nor the investment you are intending to put towards that upgrade.
Real life example: You are begging for beautiful 24 X 24 white porcelain flooring tiles, you should be minded to the appearance of dirt that shown on sleek tiles so you have young kids or pets and you don’t own a cleaning company, then you’d better skip it.
Yes, we understand you like it clean and fresh.
Trust us, watermarks combined with muddy shoes and grass are anything but clean, nor fresh.
We recommend our clients to keep the floorplan in mind. When you plan your kitchen or bathroom remodel, acknowledge discomfort and pain points you have been experienced in your existing room layout and express it to your designer. They should be able to come up with a better flow for your floorplan and lighting plan.
When you meet up with your assigned designer, make sure to create the full picture for them (not that one you’ve been fantasizing on, the real deal!). Point out all the pain points, all the things that you think that can make your life easier, all the perfect kitchen photos you have been saving on Pinterest in the past 3 years… The designer should deliver a fresh layout and design that hopefully has all your needs & wants.
If you want to be inspired click here!
Editor’s note: We strongly suggest you will keep a copy of your signed design and floor plans for your records. If you haven’t received a copy, then it’s time to ask for one.
#5: Your brand new home (or kitchen or bath…)
Number one myth on home improvement is it would be easy. Is that so? There are so many things that can turn bad so if you intend to perform any DIY, we strongly suggest to include an extra budget for unexpected circumstances, for instance, mold behind your shower walls.
Any home improvement project, especially an extensive home remodeling project is a stressing process for all parties involved, not just homeowner. Project managers want to ensure the quality of labor, the interior designer wants to see the exact design comes to life and the homeowner… well, the homeowner wants to have his home back with nothing but a perfect home to live in.
For example, remember the cabinets you approved but freaked out while you saw it inside your kitchen? Yes, those type of things can happen, and you want to have the right team by your side to provide customer service/client assistance that you need so much right now.
Take a deep breath.
We often find it difficult to keep things on track after reviewing so many door styles, hardware, paints, and tiles you are no longer confident about your final home design.
Relax, two weeks later, when you will settle down, arrange your space and those details will come all together. Then you will fall in love again with every selection you made. Every tile you liked, every light fixture you now have to bright up your space. After all, it was designed for you, with YOU in mind.
Remodeling your home can be challenging and stressful. Make sure to have a professional team on your side.
Contact us today, your home remodelers in North Dallas,Tx to schedule your complimentary consultation for your home remodel 800-371-8970 or submit the contact form.