Where to Start Your Home Remodel

If you’re thinking about renovating your home, it can be daunting figuring out where to start the process. Whether you’re remodeling to sell your home or even if you want to renovate your living space, it’s crucial to take the time to plan out your home renovation room by room, ideally with a professional contractor who can advise you on your schedule. If you’re tackling a remodel alone over an extended period of time, your plan might look a little bit different as you’ll be living with an ongoing renovation. There are many factors to consider throughout the entire process, especially if you decide to do the remodeling yourself instead of hiring a contractor. Either way, to help you get a jumpstart on your project, we’ve outlined some important things to consider when planning your remodel.

 

If You Plan to Use a Contractor

When it comes to large home renovation projects, hiring a contractor is the safest way to go. Your contractor will take your preferences into account when scheduling the steps of your remodel. Ask them about working your way “inside-out.” This means starting with the necessary repairs below the surface, such as electrical and plumbing issues within the walls. Save the design aspects of the remodel for the last step. This way, you can get the toughest projects out of the way first and then build upon your foundation with cosmetic changes, like new tile and molding.

 

If You Plan to DIY

Tackling a renovation yourself is possible as long as the goals you have in mind are reasonable. You may not be able to install plumbing yourself, but you can still make significant home improvements to redesign and add value to your home. Since you won’t have a team of professionals working daily, it’s important to be patient with yourself as you make your way through the remodel. It might move slowly, and you’ll be living in the midst of your project, so start with the more significant, foundational tasks. Getting these done first will motivate you to get through the more manageable tasks as they come along. Choose the area of your home that is your highest priority and begin there. You never know when your remodel might have to be put on pause, so it’s a good idea to start with the most important rooms (like the kitchen and bathrooms) so that the necessities of your home are available to you while you renovate. Remember to speak with an experienced home improvement professional before making any major changes to the structure of your home, and make sure that your remodel is up to code.

 

Whatever route you decide to take to complete your home remodel, take your time to make a plan and determine which areas of your home are the most in need of renovations. Prioritize and schedule your remodel in a way that works for you and those in your home. Remember that it might take a while to complete such a big project.

 

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