There are several components that can determine the nature of your renovation project and it’s important to give serious attention to all of them. Before you embark on any adventure, make sure that you think about exactly what you want. This way, you can have more control and better decision making ability surrounding the choices, budgets and substitutions that will undoubtedly be made.
Unless you decide to the work yourself, you are going to have to hire a contractor. Selecting a contractor is going to be crucial part of your renovation project. Depending on the kind of home renovation you are doing, you should narrow your contractor search to those specializing in your unique project. For example, some contractors have more experience in restoring or renovating older homes while some have better experience in the general renovations. When you are trying to decide between contractors, be sure to perform background checks and look for reviews of that contractor’s previous work. If he or she is particularly reliable, they will even offer references of their previous employers for you to contact. Get contractors to compete for your contract so that you can get the best price for the best quality of work. Once you have decided on a contractor to work with be sure to look over the contract thoroughly. Have clarity regarding matters like permits and fees, products and materials to be used, the terms of payment and be sure to outline the consequences of default.
Materials along with labor will likely be the two factors that take up most of your renovation budget. You can expand your budget by purchasing more cost-effective materials but you also run the risk of having substandard building materials in your renovation. For some homes, this may not be a serious issue. For others, a lack of quality materials could lead to building problems which will cost more time and money. The suggestion is to go with lower-cost fixtures, small things like doorknobs, flooring, and accessories. Higher priced materials should be spent on more important aspects of renovation like plumbing, electricity, and foundational work.
When you select a contractor to work with be sure to ask them what kind of equipment they plan to use on your home renovation. Will they be using heavy utility vehicles like bulldozers and construction trucks to be moving supplies and debris? What about protecting you and your family while this renovation is taking place? If the contractor mentions that they are using cable and hose protectors from Brahman Systems than you can trust they know quality and they care about protection. Our cable and hose protectors are perfect for home renovations because they can withstand up to 125,000 pounds of pressure and are reinforced with steel. In addition, our cable and hose protectors cost less than other competitors.
Lastly, remember your budget. There are so many homeowners that put themselves into serious debt because they aren’t realistic about their spending options and because they try to build out of their means. While you may want your home to look the beautiful mansions in the magazines, remember that it might be difficult to enjoy your beautiful home if you are too busy working and worrying about how you are going to pay off the renovation bill. Spend within your means and renovate according to what is practical, not what’s popular.