The thought of a remodel for your home can be extremely exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. In the middle of the whole process, it can be a little tricky to figure out where to start, and this often times has homeowners shying away from the project altogether.
In order to ensure that your home improvement project doesn’t get pushed to the back-burner due to stress overload, we have decided to write up a survival guide to help you through the process. Whether you are seasoned home renovation veteran or just beginning your first project, be rest assured that this survival guide can help you make the most out of your experience, and leave you enjoying every step of the way.
First things first, we need to get a few definitions out of the way before we proceed with the survival guide, this way you can avoid any confusion.
Renovation refers to restoring something to its original state or putting it into a better working state.
Remodel means that you are changing the structure of the thing you are working on.
Now that we got those two definitions out of the way, we can continue.
Survival Guide Tip #1: Plan Of Action
One of the biggest steps you can take on any task, whether it is remodeling your home or a beginning a new diet, is to have a plan of action. Your plan acts as the roadmap towards your vision. In order to get there, you need to know what you want your end destination to look like and how you intend to get there. Without the planning step, your ideas are sure to get into the way of each other and you can either end up butchering the whole attempt or end up scrapping the idea altogether. Both of these will leave you feeling defeated.
Survival Guide Tip #2: Know Your Budget
You would never go on vacation without knowing how much money you could spend, right? The same could be said about your remodeling or renovation project. You need to know how much you are able to spend on your project, as spending too much can leave you in financial turmoil, and being too stingy can cause you to avoid getting the repairs you need. Your budget will also help you dictate which kind of materials you can use, which company to receive service from, and ensure that your project isn’t going to break you.
Also, along with budget make sure you give a call to your insurance provider. Sometimes, they will have things in place to aid you in your renovation efforts (sorry remodelers, this doesn’t apply to you.) Another thing you may want to do is call your insurance provider again after the renovations or remodel is done, to ensure that you are getting the right kind of coverage for your home.
Survival Guide Tip #3: Hire A Contractor
Hiring a contractor will help you ensure that the jobs performed on your home are done well, and help you adhere to your budget and plan. Make sure you get all of the agreements between your contractor in writing, to ensure that any problems that arise can be resolved easily.
You could try to do the work yourself, but if you do not know what you are doing it could lead to more damages to your home. It is always better to hire someone who is experienced to help you through the process and to make sure that the repairs are done correctly.
Survival Guide Tip #4: Get Permits And Materials
All projects need a permit to begin construction, these need to be gained before you make any other steps towards your remodel. You can always get your contractor to help you gain and look over your permit to make your plans follow all regulations set forth by your state or district. Once you get your permit, you can begin to order materials and get started on your remodel or renovation project.
Survival Guide Tip #5: The Steps Of Remodeling And Renovation
Getting started on the project itself is extremely exciting, but don’t let your excitement cloud your judgment. Follow these simple guidelines to make sure that your remodel or renovation is done the right way, and not costing you more than it is worth.
- Start Demolition (Remodel)
- Install A New Roof (Remodel and Renovating)
- Inspect All Of Your Behind The Walls Appliances (Remodel and Renovating)
- Plumbing Inspection
- Electrical Inspection
- HVAC Inspection
- Installing New Flooring And Painting (Remodel and Renovating)
- Installing New Cabinets, Windows, and Doors (Remodel and Renovating)
- Finishing Touches
All of these steps may vary depending on your contractor and the work that you want to have done on your home. For example, those that just want a new paint job on their walls obviously won’t need to pay for a new roof, so they can skip that step altogether.
Ready For A Remodel Or Renovation But Need A Fantastic Roofer?
If you are looking to have a new roof installed in your renovation or remodeling project on your St. Louis, MO home, but are not sure who to turn to, then come to Conner Roofing. We have been serving the people of our community for years and have always put our best foot forward on every project we do. We can help ensure that you have an amazing roof that not only helps protect your home and your family, but that also adheres to your budget. We can work with you on financing and all of our roofs are backed by a lifetime warranty. If you would like more details about our roofing services than call us today at 314-696-5886.
Other Commonly Asked Questions
How Much Should I Spend On A Renovation?
When it comes to where your budget should be it all comes down to what kind of repairs you are looking to have done to your home, and what kind of materials you want to use. The higher the quality the materials and the more repairs, the higher your budget is going to be. The best rule of thumb to keep in mind is to make sure that you have enough money stored away for your own bills first and then use what you have left over for repairs. (It is a good idea to make sure you have enough money to cover at least 3-6 months worth of bills first before starting a huge project.)
Is It Cheaper To Remodel Or Build New?
The best advice that we have ever been given on this subject goes like this, “if you want to have a better home, then tear down and rebuild. If you want cheaper, remodel.”