One of the perks of home ownership is that it allows you to change things up. If you don’t like the carpet, or the paint on the walls is giving you a headache, you’re free to change it. As we head into the holiday season and the days get shorter, it’s likely you’re spending more time at home. More time in the home means more time to notice things you’d like to change. Taking on a remodeling project on your own shouldn’t be a daunting task. In fact, it can even be fun! If you’re looking to update your cabinets or put a new coat of paint in your bedroom, keep these simple tips in mind.
Sure, this sounds simple, but it can often be overlooked. There’s an old carpenter saying: “Measure twice, cut once.”
While this will hold particularly true if you’re actually cutting something as a part of your remodel, it can be applicable to any project you take on. Taking a moment to plan ahead not only gives you an opportunity to fully envision the finished project, it helps you draw up a budget for your remodel. Renovations often take longer and cost more than anticipated. If you plan ahead, you can account for this and build in extra time and money into your project.
Keep Your Eye On the Prize
Bring up remodeling at your next party and you’ll likely hear some horror stories. Many people have picked the wrong contractor before or underestimated the amount of work required, leaving them with a bad remodeling experience. Some of these issues are resolved when you plan ahead, but more importantly, you should keep your eye on the prize.
Keep the finished product in mind at all times. This serves two purposes: First, it gives you something to work towards if and when you run into some snags in your renovation. Second, operating from a mental picture of the final product will help you remember all that needs to be done to achieve it. Also, be sure to communicate your picture perfect finished product with whoever you’ll be working with, be it a spouse, friend, or professional contractor.
Call In the Big Guns
Not every remodel needs to be a DIY affair. In fact, there are many jobs which require a professional, including those renovations which require electrical or plumbing work. There’s no shame in having to find a plumber in Long Beach, Pasadena, or wherever you are located. Don’t be afraid to take bids from a local, trusted professional. How can you be sure you’re getting the best contractor? Check with your local Better Business Bureau for recommendations. You’ll find out who is known for the best work and who to steer clear of.
Once you’ve found the perfect remodel idea after scouring magazines and Pinterest, simply follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to renovation happiness!