By Lizzie Weakley
Are you ready for a remodel? From higher property values to more living space or decreasing your carbon footprint, there are many great reasons to give your home an upgrade. However, careful planning is important to make your project go smoothly. Whether you’re renovating one room or your entire home, here are five things you’ll need to make your remodel a success.
Before you start planning your dream home, you need a budget. The last thing you want is to get halfway through your project only to find out that the funds have dried up. Always overestimate how much money you will need for each stage of your project because it’s much better to be under budget than over.
Obtaining all the permits for your remodel can be a major headache that slows down the whole process, so start working on them as soon as possible. Although they might seem like unnecessary bureaucracy, permits make sure that construction projects meet local and federal standards for safety and structural integrity. Skipping the permits can come back to bite you with fines and violations.
Home renovation projects generate a lot of mess, and a regular city dumpster isn’t enough to handle it all. Find waste management for hire to bring industrial-sized dumpsters to your job site. Consider requesting a larger dumpster than you think you will need. Homeowners are usually surprised at the amount of debris their project generates.
Before your remodel can begin, you have to get all your furniture and belongings out of the space. You can try to cram everything into another room in your home or rent a storage unit to keep your items safe until your remodel is done. If you plan on upgrading your furniture and accessories along with the remodel, consider having a yard sale to unload your old items.
If you have pets, children or elderly family members living in your home during the remodel, it’s important to keep everyone safe. Install child-proofing devices like safety gates and electrical covers. Keep pets confined to one room or have a friend pet sit until your remodel is completed.
Remember, each remodel is unique. Evaluate your project and determine your needs, budget and time frame before you get started. Take extra care in the planning stages if you’re doing the work yourself instead of hiring a contractor. You can save time and money by catching potential problems early.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.