Home Remodel Tips
The following home remodel tips were provided courtesy of Erdmann Exterior Designs
How To Prep For A Home Remodel
Remodeling can be stressful whether you are working with a contractor or you are doing it all yourself. It is important to understand which tasks you are capable of taking on yourself and when you should bring in a professional.
ROME WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY
Be sure to do some research on the type of project you are looking for. If you are willing to compromise on a few things you could potentially save thousands of dollars. When you can, always go with stock options and sizes. Custom is always going to cost you more. You can also save money by planning ahead. Create a Pinterest or Houzz profile; they are both free and great for visualizing the end result and also for getting an idea on what things cost. After you have a baseline it is time to consult a professional. When first meeting your contractor pictures are worth a thousand words.
DON’T JUMP THE GUN
It is important to not start demoing your project too early. Waiting until you have all of the components eliminates the chance of you being without your bathroom or kitchen while waiting for bits and pieces to arrive. Buy materials from a local supplier for faster delivery so you don’t get overanxious.
NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT WASTE
It is normal to calculate about 10% extra in material for “waste”. If you end up not needing it materials such as tile and caulk can be kept in storage for later repairs. If ordering custom materials it is a good rule of thumb to order 20% more than you think you are going to need … just in case. If you are using a contractor ask if there are any materials left over.
How Much To Spend On That Remodel
Since Pinterest was created, people have been able to visualize their dream homes. But how much is it going to cost you? Anyone can take a pretty picture and tell you that it is worth it. But we want to know about the dollars and cents.
HERE’S WHAT WON’T BREAK THE BANK
Refinishing your floors is probably the cheapest remodel on the list. Upgrading your interior doors is a simple swap that can really elevate your home. You can even do it yourself! Photo walls are eye catching and allow you to display what is important to you. Trim is something that you might not think about much. It is a small remodel that makes a LARGE impact. Adding trim around your windows and entryways will give your home more personality.
THESE MIGHT COST YOU A PRETTY PENNY
Creating a secret doorway is a great way to hide the messes in your life. If properly installed a tankless water heater can give you an endless supply of hot water along with reduced water bills. Add a Murphy bed without adding a room. For a more custom look you will want to reach out to a local contractor to figure out how to best integrate your new addition seamlessly.
IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL
Adding a skylight or a light tube is an awesome way to bring natural light into your home. Building a built-in home bar will allow everyone a space to congregate that is not the kitchen. These can get pretty intricate which is the reason for the high price point. Sometimes you need to make a mess to create something beautiful. Tearing down a wall falls into this category. You do not want to commit to this unless you are planning on living in that house for a long time.
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