If you're remodeling your home, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here are just a few tips for making sense of the madness and keeping everything on-task and on-budget.
1. Do Your Homework
How will your renovations affect your property value? Will they run
afoul of any zoning laws?
Will they change anything about next year's
taxes? Do some research before you start knocking down walls.
2. Call the Exterminators
If bugs are found on your property, your entire renovation will grind to
a halt. Contractors legally aren't allowed to work on a home until all
pests and mold problems have been eliminated. Make the exterminators
your first order of business during a remodel.
3. Choose Your Contractors Carefully
Did you know that not every state requires their contractors to have a
license? Make sure you thoroughly vet the workers you're allowing into
your home. Run a background check; call their references; read reviews
from their previous clients.
4. Stick to Your Budget
Your budget should have two main numbers: the one you're hoping to stick
to and the one you absolutely cannot exceed no matter what. You'll want
to aim for the former, of course, but the latter is the most important.
Consider it a cast-iron cutoff.
These are just four things to keep in mind when dealing with home renovations. Whether you're replacing your tub or building a whole new
floor, preparation is the key to a successful remodel.