You are certainly not alone if you’ve longed to make certain changes to your Carolina home since you moved in. Even people who have their houses newly constructed sometimes wish they would have done things differently right after they move in. If the time has come for you to make your remodeling dreams a reality, there are certain things you can do to help the project go as smoothly as possible. Here, you’ll discover eight tips for a successful remodel.
- Prepare, prepare, prepare – The best thing you can do before a renovation begins is to prepare as much as possible. The more you and your contracting team have planned your project, the easier it will be for things to go well throughout the job.
- Research contractors – Choosing your contractor wisely is one of the most important parts of making sure your remodeling job runs smoothly. No matter where you live in North Carolina or South Carolina, you are sure to have several choices available to you. Make a point of doing research and picking a crew you know you can trust.
- Say exactly what you want – Remember, contractors aren’t mind-readers. It is important for you to clearly state precisely what you want out of your upcoming remodeling project. This way, he or she will be able to help you achieve the results you want. It is also important for you to communicate any expectations you have, such as working hours or how much control you will have over material choices.
- Carefully read documents – Before you sign any legal binding documents, make sure you read over them carefully. Some Carolina homeowners even choose to have their lawyers look over remodeling contracts before they officially agree to terms.
- Separate wants from needs – While it can be easy to get caught up in home decor magazines and websites, it is important to understand what you need from your renovation and what you want. If, for instance, your budget starts getting tight, you may need to recognize that you need another bedroom for your growing family, but you don’t necessarily have to add a two-story entryway to your home.
- Put valuable items elsewhere – Remodeling jobs, especially major ones, can quickly get messy. If you have any valuable belongings, such as artwork or family heirlooms, it’s a good idea to either move them to a part of the house that isn’t being worked on or put them in storage for a brief period of time.
- Respect the team in your home – When it comes to renovations, respect is mutual. Just as you expect the crew you chose to respect your family’s space, make sure your family is respectful of the contracting crew and any subcontractors who are working in your house. This includes making their job as easy as possible by clearing rooms of personal possessions and clutter.
- Be ready for anything – Very few renovations go precisely as expected. You should anticipate unexpected expenses and delays. As a matter of fact, many experts suggest setting aside about 20% of your total budget in another account, so you are prepared for unanticipated costs. The calmer you remain when things go awry, the easier it will be to get the job back on track quickly.
The team at Hatch Homes would love to work with you on your upcoming residential renovation. To learn more about the Carolina remodeling services we offer, contact our office. If we seem like a good fit for you, we look forward to scheduling a no-obligation consultation with you at your earliest convenience.