Extra time spent indoors this winter may lead many homeowners to turn a more critical eye to their accommodations, compelling them to dream up future home improvement projects and scenarios as the march toward spring continues on. Even if you aren't planning to remodel until the weather warms up, there are plenty of things you can do to prepare for a remodel project during the winter months.
Establish Your Budget
There's not much you can do until you understand how much you can spend on a remodel. From there, you can begin to plan for choice of materials, the scale of your project, and whether or not you can afford to hire a contractor to help you complete the project. Of course, the higher the budget, the more flexibility you'll have to make more modern upgrades and more extensive remodel work, but don't forget to budget for unforeseen costs or repairs during the construction process.
Draw from Various Sources of Inspiration
Whether it's Pinterest, photos from magazines, or before and after examples from a contractor or designer's website, it's important to fully communicate your goals to your family and your contractor. Without a clear plan or shared vision, there's a good chance the final product won't live up to your expectations.
Consult with a Contractor
Getting a quote or estimate based on your project's end goals is a crucial part of establishing your budget, but the preliminary meetings with several different contractors will give you a sense of their professionalism, skill level, and development process. After a few exchanges and meetings, you'll have a good idea of who you'll want working in your home for the duration of the project.
Start thinking ahead: How extensive is the project? Which areas will I need to use to store displaced items? Which area will I provide for the contractor to prepare materials and store tools, if any? How will the process disrupt my family's day-to-day life? Having a good grasp on those aspects of the project will help you prepare for the disruption of a home remodel when the time comes. It also wouldn't hurt to begin downsizing old or unused items through various charities, donation centers, and recycling facilities to leave room for a streamlined and spacious remodel in the near future.
For assistance planning for a home improvement remodel project, contact the team at Vertical Construction Group. With decades of experience working on residential remodels of every size, we can help you beautify your home and increase its value for years to come.
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