Home remodeling projects can be awfully complex, but when you stand back and actually break down the process, most renovations follow a linear fashion: planning, hiring a professional if needed, demolishing the existing room or fixtures, and building that room back up. Here’s what you can expect at each step, and when you take it as a whole, it doesn’t look too painful of a process!
Home Remodeling Project 101: Planning
Ah, planning – one of the more fun parts of the remodeling project, second only to enjoying the finished room. This is where you set your priorities, decide what you can afford, and sketch out the details: what comes out, what goes in, the material you want to use, the paint colour, etc. You can also choose which jobs you need to hire a professional for, and which jobs are do-it-yourselfers.
At this stage, you should have a budget worked out, with a maximum amount of money you are willing to spend. Try to include a “contingency”, some back-up money, totalling up to around 20% of your budget depending on the scope and complexity of your project. This may seem like a lot, but just remember that this money is to be used as a safety net, and you can use the leftover funds for future projects.
Hiring A Professional
Once you have a plan and budget you want, you should start talking to contractors and renovation companies. They should provide you with a walk-through and an estimate at no cost. Make it clear to the company that you can’t go over your budget ceiling, and they can tell you if you’re in the right ballpark.
Do some research, including looking for the details on their website and reading customer reviews. What do past jobs, similar to what you want, look like? Does the company have the experience to do the specific work need done? Are they insured?
Home Remodeling Essentials: Tearing It Down
Cleaning the slate for your new renovations requires tearing down the old stuff. You can have this done by a professional, but if you choose to do it on your own, wear the right safety equipment and exercise a lot of caution. Rent a dumpster for an easy way to get rid of the debris; your local waste disposal company should have the right size for your project.
Building It All Back Up
Finally, it’s time for the hard work. The degree of work all depends on what you’re having remodelled. Intensive projects that demolish or add complete rooms start with the rough-ins: electrical, plumbing, and HVAC. All the plumbing and re-wiring needs to be installed before the next step, putting up the framing and drywall.
A contractor can construct the framing, hang the drywall, and add support beams where they need to go. If you’re having a wall or room added on, it’s probably best to leave it to professionals who have the training to install walls that will hold up. But once that drywall is smooth and, well, dry, the next step can easily be handled yourself: painting!
Once the painting is done, the following can be installed: fixtures, cabinets, windows, and doors. The next step is flooring so that the material doesn’t suffer any scratches and dings while the other projects are being installed. Finish by nailing in the trim, door frames, and baseboards. Contact us to learn more!