More than 50% of houses in the US were around when The Shining came out in 1980. So, it’s no wonder so many homeowners are in desperate need of a house remodel!
But a home remodel can get expensive, so it makes sense to tackle one room renovation at a time.
And you want to make sure you get it right the first time so you don’t have to remodel again in five years. Lucky for you, this simple guide tells you everything you need to know before you embark on your room remodel journey.
Hire the Right Contractors
A quality room renovation lives and dies by the right contractors. Depending on the room and the amount of work, you might need to hire builders, plumbers, carpenters, and electricians.
In an ideal world, you would get a great recommendation from a friend or acquaintance. But if that’s not possible, make sure you meet with and get quotes from at least three contractors for every job.
Then you will have a better idea of who is charging fair rates, who is being realistic about the timescale, and who is up to the task.
Know Exactly What You Want
But don’t hire contractors if you are still umming and ahhing about how you want the room update to look. It’s fine to ask their expert opinion on knocking down walls, but you need to have a good idea of style, layout, and color pallet first.
Open a Pinterest account and research interior design websites for inspiration. Pin colors, furniture, lighting ideas, and anything that looks good to you on your boards.
Leave No Stone Unturned
One of the worst things that can happen when you upgrade a room is looking around at the finished project and realizing you forgot a vital element.
It’s no good remembering that you wanted to add more electrical outlets after you apply new wallpaper! Make a list of everything you want to upgrade with your room renovation before you start. Your list could include:
- Floors – tiles, carpet, and/or wood
- Walls – plaster, paint, and/or wallpaper
- Ceiling – plaster and/or paint
- Windows, doors, curtain poles, and/or door handles
- Hardware – light switches and power outlets
- Furniture – seating, storage, etc.
- Soft furnishings
- Embellishments – mirrors, plants, etc.
Make sure you consider how you would care for your new upgrade, e.g. floor tile maintenance and paint touch-ups.
Expect Delays and Budget for Them
You will feel far less stressed if you expect delays before they happen. Do not start a room renovation project in the month before a holiday or a big milestone because it might get overwhelming. Allow plenty of time for the unexpected to happen.
And you will save yourself some sleepless nights if you can put aside more money than the quoted cost of your renovation. Even an extra $1,000 or $2,000 could make all the difference.
Room Renovation Made Simple
Renovating is not easy. It often takes a lot of money, hard work, and perseverance. But it doesn’t need to be complex as long as you create a room renovation checklist and expect delays. Then, your home projects will be more manageable and less overwhelming.
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