If you are interested in renovating or remodeling certain rooms or areas in your home, it is a preparation that must occur prior to jump right into their plans. When you are trying to do something that is so expensive and time-consuming, you must make sure that you do it right the first time.
Negotiating the planning/permitting process and actually start to build conveniently within the same building season is tough to pull off. Home remodels are big jobs, and many homeowners are simply ill-prepared when they go into a project.
This often leads to high job costs or even low-quality work. To protect your investment (and possibly your mental health, too) getting a head start on your home remodeling plans is the answer.
The conclusion is simple: avoid the rush when you can. January is the most popular time of year for home remodels, so that everyone’s time is at a premium.
What many consumers do not understand is the amount of decision that is only required for the obtaining of a project “permit-ready”, much less the time it takes to start the construction in progress. Development of a method for the floor plan is just the beginning.
Working with a professional designer is usually a real eye-opener for most owners, once the full variety of decisions to make and all of the options available will be visible. Choosing architectural materials, specific appliances, electrical and plumbing fixtures, cabinets, stove, windows and skylights, etc .. there is a time-consuming process.
To have an experienced, professional designer to advise you and help you make the best house remodeling plans can really be a lifesaver! A big advantage to planning ahead is that your research can easily become part of your regular (or holiday) shopping routine, making dual use of your time.
You will have time to think about your choices, find great sales, discuss your project with friends and relatives, call or visit the the names that reference list furnished by your designer or contractor that you are considering using – all without pressure. You can also enjoy the process, and remember that you will live with the result of your choices, for many years.
If the project bids have come in over your projected budget, a whole new series of decisions begins. You cut the project, which requires new or re-plans?
You can take the project in line with the significant changes? Can the project be done in stages?
As a contractor you want to hire? You looked for work?
It is still use the same subcontractors? If not, is the quality of your current subs satisfactory?
Even anticipating the normal three to six months (or more) of your home remodel sometimes it is not enough to do the unexpected. An accident or illness of any of the parties involved can slow down or stop the process temporarily.
Give sufficient time for planning and permitting can make the difference between a fun enjoyable project and a huge headache. Early planning allows for finding sales and deals.
By being clear at the beginning of the building season, you can take advantage of supply and demand, when it comes to contractor selection and selective bidding. So, how are you paying for?
How long will the lender take to review the plan and make a decision? You plan to the loan officer, a two-week vacation?
Remember Murphy’s Law! Oh, by the way, the contractor you really wanted has accepted another job and can’t keep with you in two months.
Do you have time to wait? These and many other questions may arise before and during the redevelopment process.
Do your best to stay one step ahead of all the things that surround a project before it even begins, and remodeling your home will be something that you can really enjoy, rather something that you have to shoot.
Make sure that you have the financing that you need, plus some. There will always be unexpected costs that arise, and to put the expensive conversion costs on a credit card is not a good idea.
You should never prepare to renew more than you can pay for yourself, out of your own pocket. With these tips and steps to prepare, you can make sure that your build will go smoothly and successfully. the
Jack Landry has worked as a general contractor remodeling homes for 27 years, and has written hundreds of articles about roofing, awnings, walls, and remodeling Utah.
Jack R. Landry