A home remodel can be as simple or extensive as the homeowner chooses, but no matter what, any project requires careful planning to ensure it’s as successful as possible. Part of that planning means understanding the key factors that can have a direct bearing on the results:
- • What are the most important changes you’re trying to achieve?
Do you want to improve the flow of an area, upgrade your kitchen to make cooking more fun, improve efficiency of an existing space or add an entirely new space or function to an existing space? Do you want a completely new remodel or will a few key changes achieve your goals?
- • How will – or might – a renovation affect the homeowner’s lifestyle?
Surf the Internet, read magazines, ask your friends: You may think you’ve considered everything, but there may be a change out there that you haven’t thought of but which could have an amazing impact on your quality of life. Renovation ideas and products have changed a lot in the past few years, so if you haven’t explored your options recently, do it now, before you make your final renovation plans.
Decide where you want to save and where you want to splurge. A good rule of thumb is to spend more on the upgrades that will make the most difference to your life and have the biggest impact on the overall result. Set priorities early, and once you choose finishes and materials, stick with them since changing midway through can be costly.
Major remodels can wind up taking a lot longer than you anticipate, so ask your contractor about timelines right from the start, or choose time-saving (and cost-saving) options like countertops from Granite Transformations Franchise that reinstalled right over your existing counters with no need for time-consuming demolition.
Depending on your own remodeling plans, there might be other factors you need to take into consideration. They key to any project – large or small – is to start planning early. Make a list of “needs” and “wants,” and then see how far you can go with your budget to get the most from your remodeling dollars.