Remodeling any part of a home is a difficult job. It turns your life upside down and puts many activities on hold. However, the rewards of remodeling your home are enormous and will pay dividends for years to come. There are a number of pitfalls homeowners run into, however. So, I’ve written a post to help you avoid some of the most common I see homeowners committing.
Don’t Do it all at Once
If your goal is a total gut-rehab but you’re not ready to move out for several months, try to go in stages. Do one room at a time, or group the lesser-used rooms to be done at once. You might start with re-doing the systems first. If you’re in an older home, you might want to rewire the home before moving onto other parts of the project. If you plan on installing new outlets in the remodeled room, have those either fully installed or have the boxes set and ready for the later work. You’re going to be living in a construction zone regardless so try to minimize the impact.
Today’s hot idea is tomorrow’s bad mistake. Be creative and original with your remodel job, but try to avoid creating a room which attracts too much attention to itself. The rooms you remodel should enhance your home while allowing for the main focus to remain with you and your family’s activities. This is especially important if you are planning to sell the home. Try to pick a décor which is stylish but which can appeal to a wide range of potential buyers.
Don’t Begin a Remodel Job Without a Budget
Assuming that you know what your costs will be or how much expendable cash is ready for the job is a dangerous place to be in. Try to nail down your material costs up front and then work with a contractor to figure out the labor costs of the job. The more work you do on the budget the better off your project will be.
Don’t Ignore Lighting
Be sure to keep in mind how your new rooms will be lit once the job is done. Take in to consideration how the lights will work with the paint job and and furniture. Accent lighting can be good, but you will likely need a general light and a few lights for specific tasks. For instance, a kitchen may need a hanging fixture over where the dining table will go and a bathroom may need a sconce near the mirror to illuminate your face.