Ready to Renovate: An Introduction to Home Renovations
If you’re new to home renovations, the sheer amount of options and considerations can seem intimidating but don’t worry. In this article, we’re going to get to grips with the basics, including types, timelines, costs, and the contractors you’ll need for a job well done.
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There are an almost infinite number of ways you can renovate a property. The viability of these options will depend on your budget, physical constraints, and local laws.
- Extensions: For those looking to add extra space to a home, extensions are the answer. Whether you’re opening up a basement, converting an attic, or expanding into the yard, extensions are designed to give you more freedom.
- Remodels: When a property is aging or needs to be updated as per your requirements, remodeling is usually a straightforward solution. This can involve updating or introducing fixtures, new cabinets, countertops, banisters, or a new, modern restyle.
- Home Office: With the advent of remote working, home offices have surged in popularity. Repurposing an existing space or constructing a workspace from scratch can add value to your property - just be sure to maximize your use of natural light and try to separate this area of productivity from other homely distractions.
- Kitchen: From increasing the value of your home to having more space to cook and entertain, a kitchen remodel can make a big difference. If you are planning to sell your home after remodeling, take into consideration the season. You’ll want to avoid renovating your kitchen during the spring when the market is peaking.
After you’ve decided upon a type of renovation, your next priority is to begin planning - this means researching legalities and costs and working with the experts to determine a schedule.
- Timeline: Unfortunately, remodeling can be highly unpredictable when it comes to schedules (this is usually because there have been unexpected obstacles along the way, such as mold). You can, however, use nationally recognized averages to create an estimated timeline - this will help you when it comes to negotiations with your contractors.
- Budget: The estimated costs for a project, on the other hand, should be quite transparent. Take some time to research the prices for your desired renovations and be certain that you’re happy with the quoted amount before signing with contractors.
- Neighborhood: In preparation for any work, you should also aim to get the word out with neighbors to ensure that everyone is aware of and comfortable with your desired renovations.
In addition to your research and preparation, you’ll need to carry out some key admin tasks in advance of the project.
- Warranties: Home warranties can help protect you in the instance that home systems or appliances break down. This is especially important after renovation work - make sure to check the home inspection report for any potential red flags or existing warranty coverage on appliances.
- Permits: Depending on local laws, you may be required to apply for a permit before you can begin construction. Make sure you are familiarized with any regulations, and if in doubt, reach out to your local government for advice.
Home improvement contractors rely heavily on software to ensure that their projects run smoothly and efficiently. From estimating costs, managing inventory, tracking project progress, and communicating with customers, the right software can make a significant difference in how successful contractors are. For example, takeoff software tools allow contractors to accurately bid on jobs for their clients. By automating takeoffs, contractors can focus their efforts on completing renovations more efficiently.
Home renovations are complicated, time-consuming, and can be stressful, but that shouldn’t deter you from realizing your ambitions. With enough pre-planning and by learning about construction software, you can be sure of a job well done and on budget whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or home office.
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