What You Need to Determine Before You Start Your Remodel

Remodels are hard. But sometimes planning for a remodel can be even more stressful. Be aware of these different factors beforehand and you’ll feel a lot more peace of mind as you start your remodel.

Your Budget

Figuring out your budget takes a lot of work, but it’s essential to do it in order to ensure you finish your remodel in a way that you like. Talk to a variety of contractors and get bids from them for the cost of materials and labor.

Getting a couple different bids will help you get an idea of the range of costs your desired remodel could have. Then use those bids to create a budget range for your remodel.

Material Choices

It’s also essential that you think about the different materials you want to use in your remodel. When you’re doing a large-scale remodel, it can be challenging to know if things will look good together or not.

Try to do your research online by looking at different real estate websites and by finding homes and interiors that resemble what you are going for.

Studying what they have done will help you have a better idea of the different combinations that will work.

You should also be aware of different alternatives out there to traditional materials. For example, instead of getting hardwood floors, you might want to consider LVP (luxury vinyl planking).

It costs much less than traditional flooring, is much more damage-proof, and lasts longer. Along those same lines, consider different countertop options. Quartz is more flexible to work with than granite.

Your Non-Negotiables

It’s also important to think about your non-negotiables as you prepare to start your remodel.

Basically, when you consider the different changes you are planning to make to your house or to an individual room, think about the different priorities you have for the remodel—you might be willing to budge on your kitchen’s flooring but not at all on the open floor plan.

Figuring out those individual aspects of the remodel that are essential to your finished product will help you better adapt when situations arise that require you to change your original remodel plan.

Remodels can be overwhelming. Take a deep breath.

As you do your best to plan for your remodel, you’ll start to see it come together. you’ll still likely run into problems along the way, but with a solid plan, you’ll be able to prevent a lot of them.

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Maire Shield
 

Maire Shield worked for 15 years as an interior design consultant in Albuquerque and is now retired after selling her business. She now shares her experience and knowledge through blogging to help other people create a beautiful home for themselves.

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