Almost everyone has envisioned as a child what his or her dream house would look like. Owning a house costs a lot; it’s one of the biggest investments you will ever make in your lifetime, if you decide at all that home ownership is for you. Add in the renovations or remodeling costs that will be made through the years of ownership, you’ll see why it’s important to plan your project even before the renovations begin.
- It is advisable to hire a contractor, where there is a lot of work to be done, and where you’ll need professional advice every step of the way.
- There should be a contract—the details of the work to be accomplished should be written down in a formal agreement between the contractor and homeowner.
- Communicate regularly with your contractor to ensure good results.
- Establish boundaries.
- Don’t micromanage your workers to the point where you create unnecessary tension or pressure.
- Have a budget plan and an overall estimate of how much everything’s going to cost.
- If you’re committed to your budget limit, be willing to make compromises with your contractor on the materials and other supplies that are going to be used.
- Settle desired labor fee for workers.
- Always expect additional expenses on structural changes, on top of the estimated total cost.
- Don’t make final payments until renovations are done.
- Don’t go over budget.
- Make mood boards which contain pictures of your vision to achieve desired results.
- Consider if desired plans can be achieved with the room space and budget.
- Organize color swatches for painting purposes.
- Don’t skip the technicalities, such as locations of electrical outlets.