Remodeling a house, no matter how big the project, is always a tall order.
We understand that the process of remodeling can seem daunting. This step by step guide is intended to help you feel more confident in undergoing a remodel project on your home.
Let’s see what we can learn and apply to either a current or upcoming remodel project.
Getting Started with the Right Contractor
Remodeling a home you love is like trusting someone to work on your favorite car. You can’t ask just anyone to do the work for you. You have to develop a relationship with them and trust that they know what they’re doing.
If renovation was easy, anyone would do it. But unfortunately, too many people work in the renovation and remodeling industry that aren’t equipped to do the job right. Before you can even start your project, you’ll need to find a trustworthy contractor to work with.
How to Find a Trustworthy Contractor
There are a few ways that you can find trustworthy contractors. The best way to do it quickly is to follow these three steps.
- Reach out to friends and family or a social network for recommendations.
- Check Google, Houzz, social media, or their website for reviews.
- Trust companies that have been in business for more than 10 years.
Asking for recommendations or looking at online reviews are great ways to find out what other people’s experiences working with a specific contractor have been. You can specifically look for negative reviews to see what might have gone wrong, or you can read about other customers’ experiences.
If a company has been in business for any amount of time longer than 3 to 5 years, the company will more than likely be there for you in the future and isn’t just trying to make a quick buck. They’re more than likely passionate about their business and the services they provide.
Designing and Dreaming for Your Home
After you’ve found a contractor, you’ll be able to start designing your home. When renovating or remodeling, there is no shortage of projects you can do to your home. Whether you’re working on the kitchen, an unfinished basement, or a whole home remodel, dreaming and designing is by far, one of the most enjoyable parts.
One way to find inspiration for your remodel project is with the help of pictures. Houzz is an excellent resource for doing just that. (Be sure to check out our Houzz page while you’re there). If you want to speed up the design process, by far the best way to do it is to have all of your priorities and ideas ready to go by the first meeting. There is some level of collaboration, but if you’re going to have input, you’ll have to take the time to do some looking before you meet up with the designer.
Steps of the Project
There are only a few steps to home renovation after designing, but they can take some time. First off is demolition.
The demo can be a really quick part of the project. While it may be a bit messy, it doesn’t take too long to get your home all cleaned up. The best thing you can do during this part of the project is to let your construction crew take care of it, as it definitely won’t be their first rodeo..
Framing and Prepping
Next, your builder has to frame and prep the space. Framing and preparing the space tends to be pretty basic, but more complex remodeling projects where additions to the home are made can take more time.
After framing is the finishing portion. This is by far the most fun for homeowners because they’ll be able to see their home improvement step by step. During this portion of the project, flooring, cabinets, base-board, and other finishing touches and installations are completed.
Final Touches and Walk-Through
Finally, the project will start to look like your home. During this phase, there’s a lot of cleaning. Additionally, there might be some touch up on any items that were missed. During this home renovation phase, you’ll need to look through the home and make sure that any questions you have are answered. While most contractors are always willing to come back after your project is completed, it’s always easier to get things fixed while your contractor is still on site.
After the final walk-throughs, you’ll be able to start moving things back into your home. Moving into a freshly finished home is an exciting experience. There’s so much fun new space to use!
If you’re looking to get started on a renovation or remodel project, reach out to us today! We’d love to help you get the home of your dreams.