How to Prepare for a Remodel
As summer is rapidly approaching and Covid restrictions are being lifted, we all feel a sense of relief. We are newly energized and excited for the future. We have found a new appreciation for our homes and our daily surroundings. We also have realized that some of those “big” renovation projects we were thinking about for the future should happen now! The construction industry is at an all time high and my contractors and subs are busier than ever. No time like the present to share my tips on remodeling with you and your friends.
The Do’s, Don’ts & What If’s of Remodeling
Remodeling your home is much like building a new one — only you get to live in the mess as it happens. Yes, there will be dust and noise, but you will also have the benefit of watching a new version of your home unfold before your very eyes. Thousands of decisions must be made before and during a remodel. While this is nowhere near a comprehensive guide to your pre-remodel strategy, it covers the three main pieces that are most crucial to a successful remodel.
1. CREATE A PLAN
Whether remodeling an existing footprint, adding an addition, or both, you must start with the end in mind. As you ponder your ideal remodel, keep in mind that functionality is key, from traffic patterns through the kitchen and living areas to the usability of each room.Don’t remodel merely to gain more square footage. Remodel to increase your home’s function, use, and accessibility. Really think about how you intend to use the future spaces and how they will compliment the existing footprint. Also consider the resale value the remodel will provide to your home. Investing in kitchen and bathroom remodels are always the first places to start when considering resale values.If you feel overwhelmed by creating a floor plan, selecting materials, or scheduling and managing the project, please keep in mind that we offer this service to our clients.
2. CHOOSE A CONTRACTOR
Finding the right company to manage and execute the remodel of your home is no simple task, yet it is one of the most important. The general contractor will be working with you for months to years, depending on the scope of your remodel.We suggest you start by asking for referrals from friends or family members who have recently had their homes remodeled. As interior designers, we also have multiple contracting sources we partner with depending on the size and scope of the project, so we are always able to offer referrals.If a contractor catches you’re eye, ask them for two or three referrals of past clients. Be sure to ask those referral sources about the contractor’s timeliness, professionalism, ability to problem solve, and the quality of the finished space.Contrary to popular opinion, time and money are not the most important pieces to consider when choosing a contractor, but accuracy and integrity most certainly are.
3. REVIEW ALL AGREEMENTS
Don’t sign any contracts, work orders, or installation agreements until you have fully read the contract details. It is important to be aware of the timelines, payment schedules, scope inclusions and exclusions, and the terms and conditions. All good contractors are licensed and carry insurance so it is important to ensure you are aware of the liability clauses on both sides of the contract. Make sure the scope of work is detailed and thorough based on your understanding of the work to be completed. Keep a paper trail and don’t move forward based on verbal agreements.As an interior design firm, a large part of our construction support service is acting as a liaison between you and the contractor. We can help you navigate the paperwork, timelines, budgets, and project details with practiced expertise.
In the past, remodeling meant taking down walls. Today, it can also mean adding a wall to create more privacy or definition in your space. Not every home needs to feel like a cavern.
Invest in Flooring
Because flooring is difficult to replace, and often quite expensive, we suggest taking care to choose materials that will function beautifully according to the levels of traffic in your home.