A home remodel doesn’t come with a one-size-fits-all approach. Depending on the scope of the project, the limitations of the property, budget constraints, and homeowner expectations, every renovation poses its own set of specific demands. That said, there are some general rules that homeowners can and should apply to most remodels. Whether you’re undertaking a whole-house renovation or a single-room remodel, you’ll want to consider these dos and don’ts.
Don’t Miss The Important Questions
Hiring the right contractor is one of the first, and most important, steps in any home remodel. Although you’ll surely be eager to get started, it’s important not to rush this pivotal step. After all, you need to wholeheartedly trust your contractor’s ability to execute your vision. To know you’re making the right decision, do your research and don’t be shy about asking these important questions. Valley Home Builders’ expert team members are eager to answer every question, no matter how complex. If you don’t know, we do, so ask us anything!
Don’t Be Too Indecisive
It’s no secret that a home remodel requires numerous decisions to be made. From costs and materials to design elements and layout, the choices homeowners will face are manifold. It’s natural that when confronted with so many seemingly significant choices, you may be inclined to waffle. But once the build is underway, it’s important to stick with your previously agreed up plan—unless unexpected circumstances dictate otherwise. Too many changes can cost you big and dramatically delay your timeline.
Do Voice Your Opinions
Speaking of decisions, before you make any, be sure to speak up. When consulting with your design team, be clear about your desires. If you don’t like the options presented to you, don’t be afraid to ask for alternatives. In order to bring your ideal outcome to life, designers need to understand exactly what you do and don’t want. At Valley Home Builders, our design team’s number one purpose is to bring your goals to life, which is why your opinion is invaluable to us.
Do Consider Energy-Efficient Updates
With every passing year, it becomes more necessary for homeowners to consider eco-friendly and energy-efficient changes. A home remodel is the best time to incorporate these updates into your home. If you’re not sure where to start, consider these tips for a more energy-efficient home and green remodeling ideas.
Don’t Forget to Think Long Term
Your first impulse might be to create a redesign that accommodates your needs exactly as they are today. But before you commit to those changes, take a step back and consider the bigger picture. What is your long-term goal? If you’re planning to put your home on the market in the near future, you’ll need to determine the resale value of your updates. If you want to stay in your home as long as possible, aging in place design may be worth your consideration.
Do Plan Ahead
Once you’ve chosen your contractor and finalized your budget, design, and materials, it’s time to prepare for the build. Many people find this process daunting, which is why we always recommend planning in advance as much as you’re able. Here are 6 effective ways to get ready for your remodel.
Don’t Toss Your Receipts
When it comes down to managing your costs, it pays big to be organized. The last thing you’ll want to deal with when doing your taxes is scrambling through your paperwork trying to tally your home improvement costs. Instead, as soon as your remodel project begins, set aside and label a folder to house all of your receipts. You’ll thank us later.
Do Avoid Common Home Remodel Mistakes
If you’ve never undergone a remodel before, you can’t expect to be a pro at the process. Skip the steep learning curb by avoiding these all-too-common remodeling mistakes.
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