You’ve decided that you want to remodel your home. This is a great first start, but there’s a little bit more to the planning process to ensure a smooth remodel. Choosing to remodel is the beginning, but don’t worry. We’ve outlined the steps you should take to plan a remodeling project that will minimize stress.
1) Determine the Scope of Your Remodeling Project
The decision to move forward on transforming your home opens the discussion of how large you want your remodeling project to be. Are you choosing to only renovate one room in your house? Are you choosing to add-on to your existing home?
In addition to determining the scale of your project, you’ll need to do some research on what your needs will be, what you want the look of the room(s) to be, and most importantly, your budget.
Setting Your Remodeling Budget
Your budget will depend on a lot of different factors that will ultimately shape how your remodel will look like. More rooms in your remodel will mean more money spent. Research the typical costs of renovations, including some of your “must-haves” like quartz countertops, custom cabinetry, or new flooring.
Keep in mind, you should allot 10% of your budget to unforeseen expenses. Our remodeling experts are happy to answer any of your remodeling budget questions.
2) Choose Your Remodeling Contractor
Remodeling takes hard work, expertise, attention-to-detail, and coordination between different vendors. Having a remodeling contractor take on your project will save you time and stress. When it comes to selecting a remodeling contractor, keep these things in mind:
- Portfolio: You should review portfolios of remodeling contractors to see their previous work and look for things that you’d like to recreate in your own remodel.
- Experience: Your remodeling contractor should be an expert in home remodeling. A great indicator of experience is how long they’ve been in business. McFall Builders has been proudly serving our area for over 35 years!
- Quality of Work: You’ll notice the quality of work in portfolios, but reviews speak to the contractor’s attention-to-detail.
- Budget: Lastly, you should run your budget by remodeling contractors to make sure that you are all on the same page.
There is no risk in scheduling an initial consultation to discuss the details of your project. You’ve spent the time researching and determining what you want out of your remodeling project. Now you can receive professional advice to move forward with your project.
3) Craft a Project Timeline
Now that you’ve hired a remodeling contractor to tackle your project, you will need to work together to craft a project timeline. Timelines are created on the basis of your remodeling project’s specific needs, upcoming holidays, and seasonal factors. Florida’s weather is unpredictable, so that may affect the length of your project.
4) Prepare Your Home Before Project Begins
Once you have a timeline, you should immediately begin crafting a plan for yourself and others in your home. You won’t be able to use the room or rooms that are being remodeled, so it’s important to make arrangements.
New Construction Projects
If you are adding a home addition or building a separate building for living or entertaining, there will be very little disturbance to your normal routine. It’s less invasive during the majority of the project, except at the end of the project, like when entrances will need to be added to the main home.
Remodeling Within Your Current Home
You should make preparations depending on which rooms will be renovated. If it’s a hall bathroom, you’ll just need to use another bathroom instead. If you are remodeling the kitchen, you’ll need to create a temporary cooking area due to the fact that the kitchen will be under construction.
If multiple rooms are being worked on, it’s a good idea to consider renting a place to stay while renovations are underway. In any event, remove items from the areas being remodeled 1-2 weeks before construction begins.
5) Start Remodeling
After those four steps, you’re ready to begin your remodeling project! Thoroughly taking the time to plan your remodel and understand the project fully before any renovations begin will give you peace of mind. You’ll be that much closer to transforming your home into the one of your dreams.
At any stage of the planning process, it’s important to remember these helpful tips:
- Ask questions. You’ll never know if you don’t ask! You are investing time, money, and other resources into your remodel. You should feel confident about the entire project, so if there’s something you aren’t certain on or want to explore another route, don’t be afraid to ask your remodeling contractor.
- Eliminate problems that could threaten the remodel. Before you upgrade your home, make sure that there are no existing problems that could threaten your new renovation. Electrical or plumbing problems that you are aware of should be taken care of. If you have a leaking roof, make sure that it is repaired. You wouldn’t want your beautiful new kitchen to suffer from water damage!
- Communicate before, during, and after the project. Communication is key, especially during every stage of the remodeling process. Your remodeling contractors are responsible for keeping you in the loop on the status of your project.
Home Remodeling with McFall Builders
Whether you are ready to update your dated kitchen or you’re ready to expand your home, McFall Builders is here to help transform your home with our wide variety of remodeling services. We take the time to help you with every part of your remodel, from planning to the finished project.
Ready to get started? Contact us to schedule a free consultation!