Remodeling your home can be a great source of pride. However, there are times when it can bring immense tension as well. No matter what kind of project you are working on, home or office, remodeling doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think. Here are several easy steps for any beginner who wants to tackle a remodeling project. These steps can be remembered with three short and simple words: LOOK, THINK, and ACT.
The first step is to LOOK. The beauty of living in the internet age is that it is quite simple to search and find the perfect look for your next St. Louis Home remodel project. There is any number of resources online to mix and match any style and preference. With a few simple keystrokes your dream home or office is within sight. One of the most important things you can do is to make sure you know exactly what style you desire before you ever purchase or start constructing anything. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the style you choose will fit not only your preference, but also any timeline and budgetary constraints you might face.
After you decide what the best idea for your space is, the next step is to THINK. This step deals specifically with how to actually implement the changes you desire. It’s best to make sure that you plan down to the very last measurement and detail before you begin. As with any project, there will be problems that arise and scenarios that are unforeseen, but having a good plan can minimize unnecessary purchases, extra time and the all too common headache. The old adage says, “Measure twice; cut once.” Thinking about your plan, making sure you know what you’re doing before you start will make your project go a lot more smoothly and have the desired effect in the long run.
Now, after a solid plan has been made, it’s time to ACT. At this point, all the decisions that could be made should have been made. Now it’s simply executing the plan as its’ been designed. Finding the perfect contractor will get your vision into reality. Once you have found the contractor that you like, there are a few steps you should take.
Make sure to ask what the timeline is for construction. Your builder should be able to provide a good estimate. A home remodel can take anywhere from a few months to half a year to build, depending on factors such as the size of the house, special features, or the time of year. You can add a month to three months to the timeline as a buffer for potential delays. Many issues may come up that are unforeseen (such as permits, delivery issues, or weather). If you add unusual features or construction types, it may take longer as well.
Ask whether the builder has constructed a similar remodel or home addition before. You may also want to ask how many years of experience the builder has. Some builders have decades of experience and may be able to build a higher-quality product.
Finally, you should inquire whether there is any follow-up or warranty after you have finished the remodel. Although you may not expect to have problems with a home remodel or addition, it could be common to have some issues. Some builders will offer to fix any problem that happens during the first year. Make sure to find out how extensive the coverage is. Ask whether there is a direct line with the builder you can call or whether you will need to call a service person directly.
These tips will save a lot of time, money and frustration for anyone looking to delve into the world of remodeling. Finishing a task can leave a great sense of satisfaction for any home owner. Even the smallest jobs are a great place to start and build confidence.