Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Remodeling for the First Time

Remodeling is a quick and easy experience…at least that’s what someone might think if they flipped on a home remodeling show for a few minutes. Those who have been through a remodel – whether it be a total kitchen renovation or a minor bathroom update – knows that you’ll never fully understand all of the planning, expenses and surprises involved until you see it firsthand.

The best thing you can do if you’re new to the "remodeling club" is prepare by educating yourself early. Talk with people who have been involved in a remodel similar to yours, research the vast supply of free resources available on remodeling blogs and other internet sources, and talk with a professional.

Here are a few tips we have come up with based on the misconceptions of many:

Know your expenses

Creating a budget number that you can afford, and that makes sense with your home and neighborhood is step one, but there is more to the picture. There are many expenses involved in a remodel. In order to get a good handle on them, we recommend coming up with a budget range (with room for extra costs if needed) and designating percentages of your budget across each area. Working with a professional on this portion will help ensure nothing is missed. Monitoring your expenses closely is important, because the last thing you want is a partially finished remodel with no more money in the bank.

Understand that it’s not your last chance to renovate

It happens all the time – new homeowners get excited about their remodel and try to include everything, until they realize how much it all costs. Know that this is not going to be your last chance to remodel, and that some details can be saved for a later date (when budget allows more). Take time to set your priorities based on what you absolutely cannot live without now, and what can wait. It can be helpful to talk with your designer about the ease of adding those "wait" items in later. For example, the design of your cabinets is more difficult to upgrade at a later date, but items, like accessories, and appliances (assuming you stick with the same dimensions) can usually be installed with less intrusion in the future. So, don’t worry if you can’t do it all right now.

Reality is different than TV

While some reality home remodeling shows are getting slightly more realistic these days, there are still others that set a terribly skewed perception for homeowners…for example: the ones that make you think you can get everything done in 24 hours, where everything flows along perfectly and ahead of schedule, and where a complete remodel is done for $500. It is important to not believe everything you see on TV. Depending on your project scope, it can take anywhere from weeks to months to finish, surprises do pop up, and you get what you pay for.

Want to know more tips as you brainstorm your project? Contact our team – we've helped remodel over 750,000 kitchens & baths in the last 40 years, so we can let you know what to expect.

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