Before delving into a project it helps to know what you're getting into. Planning ahead is an excellent way to be prepared for what to expect and have a backup plan for the unexpected. If you have a contractor coming in to do some work, have an alternate place to stay during any construction that may cause fumes and dust that could be hazardous to one's health. Have a design of what you would like done and how to do it, such as how much work, if you're going to need a contract, and how much time. Make the proper arrangements(such as moving certain items, living arrangements, and permits for building) and have a agenda with a timeline to stick too.
Finding a remodeler- This can be tough to find someone to remodel or a contractor to help you. You may search online for reviews of contractors and ask for recommendations from friends and family who have had remodels done. Meet with multiple remodelers, and ask them plenty of questions. Ask them for references (photos of past work), share your concerns to see how they may solve them, ask for an estimate and any other questions you may have. Make sure they have accreditations such as the better business bureau, and that they have insurance in case of an incident.
Cost of Remodeling- Make sure you stay within your budget or leave some wiggle room, there will be plenty of occasions where you find more things to do along the way. Remodeling may also add unexpected expenses if the contractor finds issues with the house in the current condition. Round up when adding the numbers to include things like tax and shipping. Use what you have such as existing plumbing locations, and buy a good toilet that saves you on your water bill. Also look at discount websites, buy pre-finished wood instead of doing the finish yourself, shop classifieds and home improvement stores. Ask for the opinion of your contractor because they may have some insights you might not be aware of and have ideas on how to help save you money.
Little changes with a big difference- Remodeling doesn't always have to be gutting the bathroom, it may simply be a change of paint. It can be adding trim around the house, or even adding some different furniture to match. When you are remodeling a home, every sale helps, and every person helping is a way to cut time. Instead of throwing away your bathtub, sink or other appliances recycle them, there a few places in the treasure valley that buy these things. Add a potted plant or a lamp to a seemingly empty corner of the room.
Become Eco-Friendly- Becoming eco-friendly doesn't have to be adding solar panels to your roof. It can be creating a rain garden in your front or back yard, this reduces erosion and saves you money on watering water consuming plants. You can save money by becoming eco-friendly, such as the design layout of your house, consult a construction contractor. This way you can save money on heat, lighting, ventilation and water. There are also tax reductions for making your house more eco-friendly using the residential energy property credit, this is for homeowners who make energy efficient improvements to the home.
Don’t procrastinate - Make decisions as they come, if you wait too long it can cost more or cost you a great opportunity (sale, help, etc.). Also when you procrastinate you delay the finishing of other projects. For example, if you are taking your sweet time to make a decision on what kind of paint you want on the walls, the delaying of the floors installed and new appliances gets delayed(sometimes with a hefty fee). It also takes up a lot of time to reschedule and time where both you and the contractor can meet.
Always remember the big picture- Things might get frustrating when you find the house a mess, organizing only works for so long before you tear something else up. That's ok, remember the beautiful layout you have for the room? Remember the open and beautiful living room or bathroom you designed? Remember how it will be all worth it in the end, and the reason why you made this decision before. Take on one thing, and then you continue to the next and then the next. DIY within reason- Don't do things you know nothing about, “attempting” to be an electrician is dangerous. And sometimes when you are remodeling you are not following codes you may be assessed a huge fine due to not following city code. You can get simply poor quality stuff because of your lack of knowledge, or cause serious damage or cause a fire in your home. Also, don’t think you're going to get a month's work done in a week if you work non-stop. You need your rest and when people work themselves tired they tend to make more mistakes.
Don’t change your mind too much- Changing your mind a lot adds extra time, money and other issues that come up in the project. When making decisions think long term rather than making them short term. You can save more money this way as well as cut down costs that short term goals can cost. For instance, don’t change your mind on the color paint and buy 5-6 buckets of paint and you can’t return any of them. Also, the cost to move and add extra plumbing or electrical wires can add up fast. Remembering the big picture can also save you money, short term decisions can add up and may not align with the long-term plans you made. Which means you may want and think that cute lamp looks close enough to the color you painted the wall, but by the time you get home you realize it's a different shade.
Some things require permits- In the state of Idaho, you go to, https://dbs.idaho.gov/permits/. There you can find where and when you need certain permits. Such as for electrical, HVAC, building, plumbing and solar and alternative energy. This is necessary and needs to be done, otherwise if an inspector comes and finds it, huge fines. Also if you have contractors when they have the necessary permits it covers safety, insurance that your home is being worked on properly and correctly, and insurance on the people working on your home.