5 Questions to ask yourself before Remodeling
Remodeling the home is an exciting adventure for most any homeowner, but it is imperative that thought and consideration is put into the process rather than making rash decisions that might later be regretted. To make home improvement and remodeling easier for yourself and everyone in the family, take the time to ask yourself the following 5 questions before jumping the gun and diving head first into a home improvement project that might turn out to be more than you bargained for.
- How will I Pay for the Renovations?
Even small projects can equal hundreds to thousands of dollars in expense. Make sure that you know how you will pay for the renovations you seek to make to your home well ahead of time to get started. Financing options are available; are these options right for you? Be sure that you’re not stretching the budget for your renovations too far. You don’t want to go into debt to renovate the home.
- Where will I Stay?
If you are making major home improvements, it might require that you leave your residence for a period of time. Do you have a plan if this is required of your work? Staying in a hotel is an option if your budget allows, or perhaps there is a family member who can open their home to you during the project. If you won’t need to relocate during the project, plan and prepare for other issues that you might encounter, such as a lack of a restroom. Also make sure that you have a plan for staying out of the way so the contractor can work!
- Can I Handle Unexpected Costs?
No matter how well you budget and plan, there’s bound to be unexpected costs that you’ll encounter along the way. Are you prepared for these expenses? Repairs and upgrades can tackle on anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. If you’re not prepared, you might not be ready to remodel.
- Who should I Hire to do the Job?
So many home contractors are out there. The choices can cause difficulty in choosing the best person for your needs. Choosing a contractor is much easier when you compare your option and know what you want. Request estimates, and find someone that specializes in your specific remodeling needs. Make sure that you also ask friends and family for a referral. Word of mouth is always an excellent tool.
- Will I need Permits?
Some remodeling projects require special permits that ensure that you are in compliance with city codes and ordinances. If your project requires a permit you must have it in place before any work begins. Huge fines are a consequence of starting a project without a permit.