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Thinking About Starting a Remodel Project?

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

Here are 5 things to consider before tearing down those walls!

If you are thinking about starting your first remodel project, there are a few very important things you need to consider before getting started. While remodels are totally worth it, you can easily get overwhelmed. But, there is no doubt that updating a space in your home will not only add property value, but also improve the quality of your own personal life. Your finished space should reflect your lifestyle and work effortlessly around you. Making your day to day tasks easier and more enjoyable. Happy Remodeling!



1. Time

 

Depending on the size and extent of your project, remodels can range from a few weeks to a few months (maybe even years). This also depends on whether or not you hired professionals (which we will get to) or if you are doing most of the work yourself.   Some things end up taking longer than you think. So, if you want your remodel project to be completed on time, it is important to understand the amount of time needed to finish a specific job. Set a deadline schedule, but be mindful that delays, inconveniences, and setbacks will happen. You may have to take 3 trips to the hardware store in one day or repaint the walls because you didn't do test samples (BTW always do test samples).  Keep in mind that anything custom is going to take longer. Before walking out those doors, make sure that the order you just placed is 100% correct. I CANNOT tell you how many times we have placed a custom order and then waited months for the wrong product. A little miscommunication can seriously set back your schedule. 


2. Budget

 

How much do you plan on spending? And whatever that budget is, leave some wiggle room because 9 times out of 10, you will go over budget. Remodels do not need to be expensive. But, they can get expensive, very expensive...But, if you are mindful of your design decisions, material choices, and labor costs, you will be well on your way.  DEMO DAY!  If you do most of the labor, that will save you lots of money. Just make sure you do it right, or you might end up spending more money for accidentally busting through a water pipe or tearing down a load-bearing wall. Materials like tile and flooring can either be cost effective or high-priced. Just be mindful of the appropriateness, quality and durability of the products you choose. Sometimes spending a little more on something that will stand the test of time is worth the investment. 



3. Patience

 

The question is, how long are you willing to sacrifice your sanity? Because remodels, especially if you are living in the midst of it all, will drive you nuts!  IT WILL GET MESSY and it will get noisy. Your house may get covered in a layer of dust and all that pounding and jackhammering is going to give you a major headache. You might also have to do your dishes in the tub for a couple weeks...or months. But, just try to imagine yourself washing dishes in a beautiful brand new farmhouse sink admiring your sparkly backsplash.   Also, remodels do not happen over night, so, do not rush! Your results will show.

Remember, "patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success" (Napoleon Hill). 


4. Professionals

 

I'll be honest, some things are better left to the professionals. ​Depending on how handy or not handy you are, ask yourself if you need to hire a general contractor, interior designer, carpenter, electrician, etc. Again, it may be worth the investment to get the job done right and on time.  


5. Have a plan!

 

Most importantly, you need to know exactly what you are doing before getting started. If you are hiring professionals to complete the project, they will lead the way and help you step by step. But, if you are planning on doing most of the work yourself, have a plan and execute it! Consider all elements, gather inspiration, do research, put together mood boards, develop floor plans and various sketches. I cannot tell you how many people start a remodel project all willy nilly and end up with an unfinished hot mess. Have a plan, know what you want, know what you are doing, get help if you need it and make sure you send me the before and afters! 

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