3 Things to Remember When Remodeling Your Home

June 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Your home is more than floors, ceilings and siding; it’s a place where memories are made daily. The decision to remodel should not be taken lightly and before you do anything yourself, it is wise to get an expert second opinion. (Angie’s List is a helpful site to start your search.) You want to be sure you have the time, skills, and resources at your disposal before starting a major home improvement project.

Remodeling your house can be an exciting (and daunting) experience. Before you start any renovation (no matter what size), it’s important to have a game plan.  A classic rookie mistake is jumping full-force into a renovation project, only to realize half-way through that you have no idea what step to take next. Renovating means more than tearing down walls (and building new ones); it also means re-working plumbing and electrical issues.

Listed below are three important tips that will make remodeling your home a pleasure, rather than a pain.

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1. Plan ahead. – Any project, whether it is big or small, requires careful planning to ensure you reach your end goal on time.

  • Prioritize what needs to be done first.
  • How will remodeling affect your current living situation? If the renovation is extensive, you might want to consider staying with family or friends for the duration.
  • Budget more time for a project than you think you’ll need. Most projects have three components: design development, material ordering and installation. Believe it or not, design development will take the most time!
  • Determine your total remodeling budget and add 20 percent.

2. Check your roof and foundation. – Before you fix the inside of your home, make sure the outside is in top shape. Have both the roof and foundation and overall structural engineering professionally inspected. You may need to do a wall repositioning so you need to consult a professional for that as well. Any improvements should be done to the roof and before you start remodeling. Failing to check (and fix) both could mean wasted money and time; you wouldn’t want to waste money and resources renovating a broken foundation or roof, right?

3. Protect your drains and sewer. – Just like your roof and foundation, drains and sewers need to be checked professionally beforehand.  Plumbing is essential to the safety of your home and family. Check all plumbing, drains and the sewer for any leaks or blockage.

Signs of drain problems include:

  • Difficulties flushing the toilet
  • Water draining away slowly from sink
  • Unpleasant odors and water collection on surfaces both inside and outside the home

Renovating your home is an extensive project that requires time and effort. In order to get the most out of your remodeling efforts, perform a detailed inspection of your home’s critical systems before you begin remodeling. There’s reason behind the saying “build from the ground up”.

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