You love where you live, but your home isn’t meeting your needs. Perhaps it’s feeling a little worn and outdated, and you’re not sure if you’re meant for each other anymore. A renovation can help you get the space you need and love your home again. Here are some tips to help you successfully navigate your home remodeling journey.
1. Set a realistic budget. Before you start dreaming about your home renovation, you need to know how much you can realistically afford to spend.
2. Get a reality check. Once you’ve determined your budget, be sure to share it with a reputable contractor. Many homeowners hesitate to discuss the “B” word. “Knowing what you can realistically afford to spend will help your contractor come up with options that make the most of your budget—ensuring the success of your project and saving you time and money throughout the process,” explains Robin Russell, Project Manager at Cormack Construction. For example, if you want a new kitchen, your budget will determine if you can afford cosmetic changes like new cupboards and counters, or structural changes like knocking down a wall and reconfiguring your space.
3. Know what you like. This sounds easy, but it involves a little more than you might think. Identify what you don’t like about your home. Think about what it would take to better suit your space and style needs and wants. Take some time to flip through home decorating magazines, browse Pinterest, and watch your favorite home improvement shows to come up a visual wish list. If you live with someone, be sure to involve him or her in the process to ensure you’re on the same design page. When you meet with your contractor, share this list to help them get a sense of your design direction.
NOTE: Keep in mind that home renovation television shows often oversimplify the details of a remodeling project and underestimate the true cost. To get a realistic understanding of what to expect with your project, talk to your contractor.
4. Choose the right timing for your home remodeling project. When deciding when to start your project, be sure to consider any planned guest visits, family trips, holidays, celebrations, etc. It’s important to note that unforeseen issues--including structural, wiring, or other existing problems within your home can add delays to your project.
5. Consider a 3-D Design. A 3-D rendering allows you to better visualize your home remodeling project and how it’s going to work for you. “By having an opportunity to virtually walk around your space before construction begins, it will be easier to make decisions. In the long run, you’ll be happier with your project,” Russell says.
Home Remodeling in NH’s White Mountains, Lakes Region, and Western Maine
Cormack Construction offers home remodeling and construction services in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Lakes Region, and Western Maine. If you need help renovating your home, contact us for a no-obligation consultation.