Typically, home improvement projects can be stressful due to some factors such as planning, finding a good contractor to work with, and budgeting for the project. This is why we have come up with these tips and tricks to help you through the whole process from start to finish.
1. Understand the Challenges
The options open to you in terms of financing may be limited; getting a HELOC (Home-Equity Line Of Credit) is one, and cutting down on your costs to match your pocket is another. Hiring an experienced contractor can be very beneficial for the second option. They can advise you on some cost-cutting measures and help you achieve a realistic budget.
Timelines can be tricky too because a lot of your planning is contingent on other things such as the contractors arriving on time, and getting the necessary parts in good time. Just bear in mind that your project may take more time and money than you budgeted for.
You might also need to get in a decorator to touch up the areas that have just been renovated.
If you are a disabled homeowner needing a home adaptation then many options for financial assistance are available.
2. Find a Suitable Contractor
Even though you may be a DIYer, you’re better off relying on the services of a professional for your major remodelling works. During your search for the right contractor, don’t forget to ask questions and request for credentials as well as proof of experience.
The contractor should be able to provide proof of licensing, insurance, and bonding, before you sign any agreements. Naturally, an experienced and reputable contractor will give you a comprehensive contract with all the terms clearly stated.
3. Get Everything in Writing
Ensure you have all contracts and agreements in writing. This is important because going into the project without a contract agreement or one that’s not detailed, could lead to project delays or an uncompleted project.
Ensure you have a contract that covers start date, estimated date of completion, address of the house to be renovated, and full details of what needs to be done, and what’s not included.
4. Choose the Best Time
The winter months are usually the slowest time for most remodelling contractors as a result of the tough weather conditions. However, if you plan your home improvement project for around this time, you stand to enjoy certain benefits such as low cost of materials and discounts from contractors. The winter months are also the best time to schedule improvement works in your bathroom or kitchen as they are not affected by the weather.
The peak seasons of May till September are usually the busiest for contractors. Scheduling your projects around this time will turn out to be more expensive. Contractors are in high demand and they charge more during these times.
5. Consider Moving Out Temporarily
Once you have a projected start date, you’d need to work out how and where you’ll live during the duration of the project. Now, this will largely depend on the type of home remodelling project you’re doing.
Bathroom and kitchen renovations are small projects, so you can stay in your home while they’re going on. If your project is larger and longer-term, you might need to leave your home to stay with family or rent an Airbnb. The choice you make will be dependent on personal reasons and your budget. Ensure you have all this planned out before home renovation work commences.