Seven Key Tips for Successfully Remodeling Your Home

23 Aug

Are you planning to remodel a part of your house soon? If so, then you need to know the keys to making your home remodeling project more successful. Remodeling a home is a tough job, especially if you plan to do it yourself. When planning your remodel, it is important to take all factors into consideration, including cost of labor (if applicable), time involved, the skills and knowledge required, and the monetary cost.

Below are some key tips for successfully remodeling your home:

  • Finalize exactly what you want. By knowing what you want, this will reduce the time and money that would likely otherwise be spent on redos and repairs.  Test paint colors before you paint the entire room, get samples of materials to see what goes best in your home before buying everything, and carefully consider the functionality and aesthetic appeal of your design.  Finalizing exactly what you want will also enable you to work faster because everything will be prepared and ready to go.
  • Canvass first prior to buying. You may have a regular hardware store from which you normally buy your tools and materials, but canvassing other local shops will give you more options and enable you to compare prices. This will help you cut costs when possible.
  • Be reasonable.  When it comes to making decisions, sometimes you need to consider functionality and what truly looks best for the space over a technique or design element that you have been wanting to try even though it wouldn’t be a good fit for your home. Another factor that usually always comes into play as well is your budget.  If you make a decision, consider its long term benefits and weigh the pros and cons.
  • Write everything down. Jot down every decision and factors to consider so you can narrow down possibilities to definite choices. Writing down everything will enable you to record easily reference information if necessary and help you to consider things more objectively.
  • Avoid rush things. Everything takes time, even making decisions. Don’t rush into something that you will regret later. Give yourself time to ponder things that matter, even if it takes weeks or months.  When you finally do a remodel, you want to be sure it’w what you truly want.
  • Hire help if necessary. Don’t take everything on yourself if you’re not sure you can handle it. Sure, you may know what you need to do, but there may be times when a particular job will be done better by a professional. Don’t make cost your only consideration. Think of it as an investment in improving your home and avoiding the cost of corrections later.
  • Always stay within your budget. Don’t get so excited about the project that you end up running yourself into major debt.  Try to pay cash for as many things as possible.

 

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent

 

 

 

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