Home remodeling is a wonderful way to make the place where you live entirely new, and that too without moving an inch. Becoming very popular these days, home remodeling is the new ‘in thing’. With plenty of designs and new ideas to choose from, the whole experience can sometimes become mind boggling and with the large amount of money it takes, it can be a bit daunting too. Although there is not one way of sure shot success, there are plenty of ways to minimize the hurdles and problems and make the whole experience easier. Here are some ideas to help you out with the remodeling of your home:
1. Make a plan: Planning is essential for any dream project to come alive. If you are planning to hire a designer or doing the remodeling yourself, sit and plan out the changes you want to see in your house. The space change, the reconstructions and any other new additions must be well thought before the actual work starts.
You have to take into consideration how the change would affect the whole atmosphere and whether it would go with the natural context of your house or not. Also consider if you need to change the insulation, the drainage, the outer landscape or the windows of the house. These major changes take up quite some time so be sure to invest if you’re going to stay in the house for a long period of time. When you’re done making the decision, take a paper and pencil or home design software if you like, and start planning out the details.
2. Do your homework: Before the real work starts, you should be sure if you’ve done enough research and gathered enough ideas to include the best of the changes in your remodeling. For this, you’ll have to survey a variety of homes, both new and remodeled ones. Observe them in great detail and ask the owners if they are happy with the changes or certain aspects of their house that you want to include in your plans too. This may not sound really important, but sometimes you can get the best of advice from the people who are actually living in the kind of house you want for yourself and many times they tell you things that even a keen eye can’t observe.
3. Estimate the expenditure: Money is a great consideration while remodeling and it would be a very wise idea to estimate the amount of money you would need. While talking to your architect/designer, do ask for all the expenses, the approximate cost of materials, the labor charges etc. Be sure to list everything you will need and how much each of them costs. For small refurnishes using savings are a good option, but if you plan something big, consider taking a personal loan. Also, keep the amount a little higher than you estimate because the budget almost always goes a little up from the estimated one. You can also keep some amount of money as cushion, to help if need arises.
4. Your team: If you’re planning a major remodeling, you would need experts. You can chose if you want an architect or designer or just laborers to help you out. Whoever you choose, be sure to talk and make a good relationship with them so that the work can go smoothly. Discuss a lot and make them see what you want. They can of course, give suggestions but stay away from professionals who just want to do things ‘their way’. Also make sure that the workers are insured, qualified and having a license.
5. Make the whole experience frustration free: Doing home remodeling is a tough job in itself and with surprises thrown at you from everywhere, job delays, supply shortage etc stress can build up. Although you cannot control unforeseen events, you can control the unwanted ones. Make friendly rules with the workers on site as to what is acceptable and what is not. Be sure the architect or designer you’re hiring is transparent about the cost. Be sure to check all the material that would be needed for construction and ask some people who have constructed their houses recently about any doubts, if any. Keep some extra money stacked away so your work doesn’t stop in between because of some sudden expenditure.
Have a good attitude and make a deadline for every work to be done, stick to it and see your dream design taking shape. All the best!