Watching those home makeover shows on TV like Property Brothers or Renovation Nation can easily delude any homeowner into thinking, “Hey, I can do that! It looks so easy!” These shows tend to show only the visually appealing and exciting portion of home remodeling in a span of 24 minutes full of fast cuts.
This can be very misleading, as home remodels — or even a room remodel — can take weeks to complete, even with a lot of careful planning and budgeting. And when done incorrectly, home remodels can do more damage to a house, thereby decreasing the resale value of the property.
First time homeowners have to be aware of the correct process when it comes to remodeling a home. Here are the steps you should follow for a successful home makeover.
1. Design and Plan
The initial step of the remodeling process involves coming up with a plan for what the final look for the home or room will be like. Homeowners can think of the design themselves, or enlist the assistance of an architect or an interior designer to help them put their vision on paper.
This is also the part of the process where homeowners should think about how much they plan on or should be spending for the remodel. Entire home remodels will definitely cost a lot more than a single room remodel. A general rule of thumb is that the overall cost of the remodel should not exceed the expected increase of the house’s value once the remodel is done.
This is the next step of the remodeling process. Homeowners should think about hiring a contractor to turn their vision into a reality. Meeting with a home renovation expert like Excel Builders ICF will allow homeowners to get the perspective of a professional. This will help them be guided as to what parts of the design are feasible within a given timeframe and budget.
Homeowners should arrange some time to meet with their selected contractor on-site. This will give them an idea of what else needs to be done in preparation for the remodel. This should also be the time for homeowners to establish who will be their point of contact throughout the entire process.
To prepare the room or home for the remodel, all personal belongings should be removed from the remodeling site. Arrange for a moving company to pick up the items and house them temporarily in a storage facility.
It’s also important to prepare the spaces that the builders will use while they will be remodeling. Homeowners may want to rent a portable toilet and set up a makeshift kitchen in a different area of the home (especially if the kitchen is being remodeled).
5. Demolish and Remodel
If a contractor is taking care of the entire process, then the homeowner does not need to be on the premises during the entire duration of the remodel. But for homeowners who plan on doing it themselves, here are a few DIY home remodel tips.
- Use plastic sheeting to prevent dust and debris from entering other areas of the home when doing a room remodel.
- Remember to turn off any utilities before working on or near them (i.e. electricity, water, gas) to avoid any accidents.
6. Cleanup and Final Touches
Once the majority of the work is done, it’s time to clean up and prepare the space to become a habitable once again. Go over the entire remodeled space and take note of any items that need fixing or patching up. When working with a contractor, go through a final tour of the remodeled space before settling the remainder of the payment.
Allow a few days before settling into the space, especially if the space has been repainted. This should allow for the fumes to dissipate and let you double-check if the space is working as intended.
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