Those who have completed a home improvement project can easily attest that this particular undertaking is a very stressful time for the home owners. Sometimes, even more so than taking out a mortgage or even buying a new house.
But there comes a time when this needs to be done: the need for more home space because of an addition to the family or to create a home office corner, a bigger and better kitchen, a family theater room, and so many other reasons.
So the question is what preparations are necessary before you undertake a remodeling project in your Houston home?
Know the Scale of the Project
You don’t go to a battle zone without your weapon, and a tactical plan on how to fight. Similarly, you should never start a home remodeling project if you don’t understand or don’t even have a general idea of the scope of this undertaking.
Try to learn everything you need to know about the process or the tasks involved to ensure the success of your home improvement project. For example, if you require an additional light on a ceiling where there isn’t currently one, then you have to understand that this will require new wiring behind the wall.
Have A Budget Plan
Detailed budget planning, or more precisely, not having one, is one of the sure-fire ways to increase your stress level during your home renovation. Unfortunately, many homeowners fail to do this crucial step. The bottom line is, don’t start anything until you know for sure what you’re expected to shell out, moneywise.
Have a Clear Expectation of the Project
You probably have expectations for your contractor, but what about your own vision and expectations and that of your family members during the remodeling process? Your project can only be deemed successful if it satisfies or exceeds expectations. And the way to do this is for everyone in the family to communicate clearly their wants and needs.
Insist on a Fixed-Price Contract
Always explore the payment options given to you by your remodeling contractor. But for the most part, a fixed-price contract is always better than a flexible and vague agreement of “time plus materials” payment option. There are already a lot of uncertainties that come with a home improvement project; don’t make the situation worse by not having a clearly defined fixed-price contract.
Be Mentally Prepared for the Unexpected
Make use of the expertise and experience of your reliable home remodeling contractor to prepare yourself mentally and financially for the unexpected. You can ask questions like:
- Based on your experience with projects similar to mine, what are the problems or issues that we might encounter or should prepare for?
- What do you think could go wrong with this particular area when remodeling?
And as far as expenses go, prepare yourself financially. Set aside an additional 10% over the contract price in case of unexpected expenses. For example, adding new wiring for a light fixture may uncover a leak in the attic which will need to be repaired.
Plan ahead for your remodeling project and contact us to help you get started.