Spring Is For Remodeling Projects
Spring weather inspires thoughts of new plants, new spaces, and updates around the house. Sometimes these updates go beyond spring cleaning and take the form of remodeling. Maybe the home you live in was the best one on the market at the time, but you settled for less on that “one thing” that you just can’t get off your mind. If you’re considering a remodeling project, it’s important to begin by addressing several key questions.
Why Remodel Your Home?
If you’re remodeling your home for a sale, you will be making choices for someone you haven’t met yet. For instance, you may love bold colors, but most realtors will tell you that homes sell better when the color scheme is more neutral. If you will be remodeling for your own benefit, then you can freely make choices that suit your lifestyle, patterns of behavior, and personal preferences. This may seem like an obvious question to start with, but trust us, as you get into some of the decisions to come, it will be harder to make selections for a stranger than for yourself. However, those choices will affect the overall project, the timeline, and your budget.
Speaking of Budget, Do You Have One?
Here is a rule of thumb on budgets—have one. But know this about budgets: in a remodeling project it is usually the homeowner who is tempted to go over budget, not the contractor. The reason for this becomes clearer as you begin to consider the components of your remodeling project. Some desires may not fit within your budget. How will that impact the reason you are remodeling, or does it? In the planning stage of a remodeling project, these budget-driven questions are usually much harder for a homeowner to answer!
What Are Your Remodeling Project Needs? Wants?
Again, this seems like an easy question, but needs and wants are not the same thing. This is where professionals like Duran’s remodeling experts can make remodeling projects go smoothly for you. Needs on a remodeling project are usually tied to the reason you are taking on the changes in the first place. Wants are where it gets fun, but a professional contractor will help you stay focused on the differences. Often this comes down to your budget (again). Depending on the flexibility and range within your budget, there may be some selections you must make first. A professional contractor will help you with the priority of choices and the impact of them once you’ve prioritized your design decisions.
Are Your Needs Cosmetic or Comprehensive?
Many remodeling projects start from a wish list of cosmetic changes – updated appliances, fresh coats of paint, new fixtures. Perhaps you want to do something to eliminate those ugly, moldy-looking discolorations on your roof. Changes like these can make a world of difference in the overall look of your home. But on occasion, a project may be more comprehensive in nature—modifying plumbing, relocating walls, etc. Don’t ever assume that because your favorite do-it-yourself handyman on TV did something just like this on last week’s episode, you can do it too! Your project should be thoroughly discussed with a contractor because some changes may seem minor on the surface, but have underlying implications.
Can we help you with a remodeling project? Call us at 281-342-4436 to speak with our team of professionals!