Home Planning & Renovations
Summer Remodeling Tips
By Tiffany Smolick
Summer is almost here, and that means it’s time to wrap up the spring cleaning projects and start looking forward to the warmer months to come. With the windows opened up and a winter’s worth of saving money complete, now is the perfect time to approach a remodeling project.
Making the choice to redo the key spaces in your home, like your kitchen or bathroom, may take some planning, but it’s well worth it to give your place the sprucing up it deserves. With these summer remodeling tips, you’ll be ready for any makeover, no matter what you have in mind.
1. Have a plan. Before embarking on a remodeling project, you should have a vision for your space. Take some time to do some research and collect images, blog posts, or other information that presents the ideas you have in a concrete way.
Your redesign plans might be amazing, but without focus, you may get a little lost in making sure your remodeling team understands what you have in mind. Make sure your ideas are focused on the future, and not just the present. After all, you’ll have to live with your changes for quite a while!
2. Set a budget. With unlimited cash to spend, any project can be great. Most people don’t have that luxury, however. Set limits now before you find yourself in the hole for more than you bargained for.
It’s easier to guide your designer and contractor in the right direction when you know exactly what you can spend. Creating a detailed concept and accepting a contract doesn’t have to be completely overwhelming, and it won’t be if you know what you can afford.
3. Find the right professional. The major points in your home, like your kitchen, aren’t the sorts of spaces you should tackle on your own. The demands of plumbing alone can create quite a problem, making a professional a necessity. Search for remodeling experts based on factors like the look you want, the budget you have in mind, and their reviews.
Your home is an investment in the future, and redoing your home isn’t a place to cut costs. Don’t surpass your means, but take the time to find a quality team you can trust. Check for things like licenses, insurance, and accreditation with the Better Business Bureau to make sure you’re working with someone worth the investment.
4. Get started! Once you have a company in mind, it’s time to get moving. Don’t be afraid to be vocal about what you have in mind, and make sure your contractor and design team know what your vision is.
Review all contracts carefully to ensure you are getting what you’re paying for, and that the team working with you knows what steps to take, what your timeline is, and what the final cost of the project must be.
Show images, tour show rooms, and work closely with your team so that they understand your vision. Once the contracts are signed, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and wait for your summer remodeling project to be finished!