Whether it’s a brand-new, custom staircase or an entirely renovated kitchen, a home remodeling project can be a lot easier said than done. There are many working parts involved, and lots of homeowners often overlook crucial areas of their project.
That’s why we’ve put together these few tips to help you get your next home remodeling project off on the right foot:
Create a budget and stick to it
You can’t complete a remodel if you can’t afford it. So, before you start picking out colors and materials, you’ll need to know how much money you can spend by creating a budget. To do this, gather estimates from local contractors and ballpark costs to see how much, overall, a project may cost you. If you’re not sure, always assume that a project is more expensive than it may actually be, and give yourself some wiggle room in case there are unexpected problems.
Have an end goal
What is the purpose of your remodeling project? Is it to fix a dilapidated building? To raise the resale value of your home? To make an area more aesthetically pleasing? Whatever your reason is, always keep that in the back of your mind as you’re picking out designs, colors, and materials. For example, if you’re looking to raise the resale value of your home, then you should choose colors and materials that have a high resale value. On the other hand, if you’re simply renovating to make things more aesthetically pleasing, then choose the colors and materials that you like best.
Schedule it out
A remodeling project can take a lot of time and effort, so you’ll want to schedule it during a time of the year where there is the least amount of conflicts. If you’re doing an entire home remodel, you could try doing it all at once, but keep in mind that you won’t be able to live in your home while this is happening. If you can’t afford to live in a hotel for a few weeks or months, spread out your projects throughout the year.
Know what you can do and what you can’t do
A DIY renovation can save you a lot of money, but unless you’re a professional contractor, there will be things that you simply can’t do on your own. Know your limits, and figure out the parts of your project you could accomplish on your own and the ones that should be handled by the pros.
You can’t renovate an area if it’s too messy to get to. To make your project go smoothly and to ensure that nothing gets broken, be sure to clean up and move as many items as possible before you begin remodeling. If you don’t have any space in your home, then consider renting an offsite or onsite storage pod to protect and store your belongings.
Make a plan for your kids and your pets
Your renovation is bound to cause a lot of chaos in your home. From loud power tools to open areas, it can be dangerous for your kids and pets to be around (not to mention stressful). You may want to get a family member or friend to pet-sit or babysit while your project is being completed. If this is not possible for you, then block off a separate section of the house for your kids and pets to stay in until the renovation is complete.
Here at Acadia Stairs, we want to make sure that your custom staircase installation goes along as smoothly as possible. For more tips on how to prepare for your new custom staircase, or for any other home remodeling project, contact us today.