Deciding to embark on a home renovation project is exciting but it is a big task. Depending on the size of the project and what you want, it could take several days, weeks or months to complete. It’s important to be sure the renovation is what you want for your home before signing a contract with a company that will carry out the work.
To help you get comfortable with the process of remodeling your home, here are some of our tips to know before you start renovating your home:
Establish a Budget
The price of a remodel depends on the size of the change, the materials and the features you want. Figuring out how much you are willing to spend on your project is an important step. Talk to your friends and family who have been through a similar renovation and make sure you check your budget with your contractor.
Determine the Scope of Your Project
Do you want to renovate the entire first floor, or just the kitchen? What are your top priorities? What parts of the project are you willing to eliminate if you budget isn’t working? Making a list of the rooms you would like to renovate and the features you want to add to each of them will help you create the project scope.
Do Your Research and Get Advice
It is important that you know what you want before your start renovating your home. Interior designers, builders and architects will be able to help you transform your dream into reality but it’s important that you have the big picture of what you want. Talk to friends, pin photos from online portfolios (Pinterest, Houzz, etc.) and magazines and get a clear understanding of what you want your home to look like.
Find Reliable Contractors
Most of the times, the best contractors can be found through word of mouth. But if you do not have any good referrals, check on the internet, you’ll be able to find client reviews and testimonials from their Facebook and social media pages. Make sure you get several referrals and reviews before signing a contract. To find the right contractors, you will need to ask for more than one reference.
Compare Bids Carefully
Keep in mind that the cheapest bid might not be the least expensive in the long run and make sure you compare what is comparable. Ask your contractor to clarify the items you don’t understand and the ones that are missing on the bid.
Understand the Process
Understanding the process is critical to your peace of mind. It is important that you know what you are paying for and what to expect next. Make sure you understand what is happening and review the schedule with your contractor.
Are you ready to start your remodeling project? Icon Building Group has helped countless homeowners transform their dream home into reality. We are happy to answer your questions, please feel free to contact us by email or give us a call.