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How to Plan a Home Remodel 

How to Plan a Home Remodel
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Are you tired of your outdated home? Around 38% of houses in the United States were built before 1970. These homes are now more than 50 years old.

If you live in an older home, you may be dying for updates. Stop dreaming about the perfect home interior and start planning a home remodel now!

Read our guide to find out how.

Create a Detailed Plan

Before starting a home remodel project, you should have a home improvement project plan. The plan should state the goal of your renovation and include inspirations for the design.

In general, the plan should including the following:

  • Sketches or blueprints
  • A list of wants and needs
  • Project steps

The steps of the project should be divided into two categories; DIY steps and professional steps. For home remodel, there are things you can do on your own. For total home restoration, you’ll need the help of a professional.

Set a Budget

A budget is on the list of what you need to consider before a home remodel. A good budget includes the costs for building materials, permits, labor, and decorations.

Decorating your home should be the cheapest part of the budget. Decide how much you can afford to spend altogether and then set 10% aside for unexpected costs.

Hire Contractors

You should never hire contractors based on their prices. You should interview multiple contractors before making a final decision.

Some key considerations you should make while conducting contractor interviews are:

  • Amount of experience
  • Contracting licensing
  • Insurance certification
  • References and online reviews
  • Payment schedule

These are all necessary considerations to make, but it is important to note something about payment schedules. A professional contracting company won’t ever ask you to pay upfront. In fact, the Better Business Bureau advises you not to.

You should begin looking for reputable contractors around 2 to 3 months before you plan to start the project.

Put Together a Timeline

Putting a timeline together involves figuring out a start date. If you have a date you want the project to get completed, use that instead. Work backward from that date to decide when the right time to start is.

Often, homeowners tend to forget a few things when building a timeline. Be sure to include cleaning time, shipping times for materials, and account for the days contractors don’t work.

Prepare for Your House Remodel

Avoid using the room you are planning to remodel during this time. Be sure to clear it out to make the remodeling process easier.

For some house remodel projects, you can live in your home. Read more info about when you should pack up and when you can stay home during renovations.

Enjoy Your Home Remodel!

After planning for a home remodel, the last thing you have to do is wait for the process to finish. When it is all said and done, you can enjoy the home remodel of your dreams!

If you are thinking about remodeling your house in the future, get started now with this helpful guide.

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