Tips to Keep in Mind when Remodeling
Most people remodel on a budget, which is the best decision you can make. Budget varies case to case, but the circumstances do not change. In general, cosmetic budgets usually involve spending the amount of money that is most convenient. However, when it comes to essential repairs, the money must be found even if it means sacrificing in other areas.
Tip #1: Use a Professional Remodeling Contractor
A professional should have the right credentials and experience and references. Their advice will often save money. However, be certain that the contractor understands local building code because modifying substandard codes becomes expensive. Additionally, an experienced professional understands what can be bought with your budget because they have worked in the industry long enough to know the cost of materials. Also, professionals have the necessary knowledge to help them avoid sustaining an injury. However, never hire even experienced professionals who do not have insurance. If they get injured working on your project, you could be held liable.
Tip #2: Establish a Budget
If you plan to gut your bathroom, you need to understand how much will be spent before starting. You should, however, set money aside to tackle water and mold problems. Never set a budget that is too optimistic. One area where people make a mistake is thinking that their money will go further than what it will. It is better to be practical when it comes to money so that you do not overestimate what your money will buy.
Tip #3: Designing for the Resale
Those who do not plan to stay in a home for longer than five years should design to help sell the home. However, those who plan to stay for longer than seven years should design their remodel for themselves; this is because the look will be outdated after seven years.
Tip #4: Never Worry About Trends
While you certainly want your bathroom to showcase your wonderful style, some people spend too much time worrying about trends. Trends will change as time passes. While it is okay to collect ideas and concepts from trends, never forget that you can build the home you want. Popular styles tend to cost more money, and they will be outdated sooner than what it will be worth.
Tip #5: Plan Ahead
Never settle on a design immediately. You should plan for how your family will get along during the installation and plan for how you want it to look. Without proper planning, performance will suffer, and a lack of preparation causes more stress than necessary. Planning can help you to know how to handle specific events, and planning can help you to save funds. You can also ask your contractor about the cost breakup of major design when you have a plan.
Tip #6: Avoid Sketchy Quality
Everyone has a budget, but you have to know which corners to cut. You get what you pay for. Remodeling a bathroom can add value to your home, so it is an investment to buy the higher-ticket items.
A solid plan helps you avoid the stress that comes from a remodel. Also, always look into the reputation of the contractor you hire. The individuals who get the best results from a remodel take their time to plan and research a remodeling. It helps to have a knowledgeable and competent professional to send you in the right direction.
Charlie Teschner started MESA Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling in 1982. Charlie has a journeyman and master plumber’s license. He was raised with a strong work ethic and he now applies those values to tasks such as Boulder plumbing repair.