If you’re in the “we’re only thinking about it” phase of a home remodel, you’ve taken the first step to improving your home to meet your needs. If you’re ready to speak with professionals about your remodeling, find a remodeling company near you now! However, if you’re still planning, here is our guide to remodeling your home.

  • Create a Design Book
  • Establish your goals
  • Designate wants and needs
  • Decide on a budget
  • Consider the extras
  • Plan for your future
  • Allow for upcoming events
  • Learn from others
  • Talk with professionals
  • Hire the right company

Get a notebook, a manila folder, or a 3-ring binder and build your design book.

The more you add to it, the better your designer will be able to understand your dreams.

  • If you see the perfect cabinetry in a magazine, cut out the picture and add it.
  • If a sink, tile choice, or flooring option catches your eye, add notes and pictures.
  • Look at design websites and print out pictures of what you like.
  • Take photos of friend’s homes.
  • Make sketches and pick up countertop color samples.

Think about the goal(s) of your home remodel.

  • If the layout of your kitchen works for you, but your design book has a hundred pictures of concrete countertops, then maybe you only need a home facelift.
  • If you’ve always wanted a soaking tub and your current bathroom only has a shower, you may need a slightly more ambitious custom remodel.

Consider every element of your home remodel and decide if it is a “need” or a “want.”

  • Structural problems such as broken tiles or damaged walls are most likely a “need.”
  • Outdated colors or styles of tiles may be a “want.”
  • Remember that a want today can still be a “have to do someday.”

Look at your needs list from step 3, look at your finances, and decide how much you can comfortably spend on your remodel.

  • If you need to stick to a budget, err on the low side to allow for items such as furniture or decorative items.
  • If money is not a primary factor, creating a budget will help you prioritize your wants and needs.

Consider the extras and options

  • If you decide you have to replace your tile, consider not only the style but the price. If you fall in love with a particular style that’s $35/square foot, you may be able to find a similar style at $5/square foot, which can be a $9,000 savings in an average bathroom, leaving more money for other elements.
  • A vessel sink may require special installation and fixtures.
  • Different countertop materials offer different benefits.

Plan for your future

  • If you’re planning to sell your home in a few years, you may not want to invest in top quality applicants.
  • If you plan to stay in your home through retirement, you may want to consider adding an onsuite bathroom to a ground-floor bedroom instead of a second-floor bedroom.

Make notes of important upcoming dates and events

  • If you have family coming tomorrow, it’s probably not the best time to pull out the fixtures in the guest bath.
  • If you have a wedding or the holidays on the horizon, you need to ensure your remodel is finished well beforehand.

Learn from friends and family

  • Your cousin may have worked with the same remodeling company for over a decade, while your brother can tell you the place down the street has a hard time meeting deadlines.
  • You may get tips and advice on the things to look out for if you try to do some of the work yourself.

Talk with professionals

  • Most reputable companies will provide a free consultation. Take them up on it to see if you like the company. Make sure they ask you questions and listen to your answers.
  • Don’t feel you have to sign with the remodeling company the first day. A good company will give you the information you need to make a decision without a hard sell.

Work with a professional company that guarantees their work

  • The industry standard is one year. If your remodeling company doesn’t meet or exceed that guarantee, keep looking.
  • Even after a guarantee runs out, the best remodeling companies will help to keep you happy with your remodel.

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