Any scale of home remodeling can be overwhelming, so here are some tips to start the process.
First, decide if you are making updates so that you can immediately list your home to sell, or if you are remodeling for your own comfort and enjoyment. That decision will alter your outlook, and your list of projects. You may also select different colors and materials if you are selling versus choosing things you want for yourself.
Clear your mind of emotions and sentiment, and make a tour of your home, both inside and outside. Write up a “wish list” of everything needing cosmetic updates or more extensive changes.
Divide the wish list into things you have the realistic experience, energy and time to do yourself, and those that will need a professional. Prioritize those two lists, so that as costs add up, you can be sure to do the most important and most visible items first.
Collect photos, paint chips, and ideas that appeal to you for color combinations, materials, and personal style. Make up a style board or idea book. Visit to your local home improvement store or design center to explore materials up close.
Consider how to pay for it all. Will you need to take out a loan, or pay cash as the project progresses, or both? Check with your bank or credit union to see what financing you may qualify for before signing on any dotted lines with a contractor.
Don’t try to do more than you know how to do! Be realistic. That will only add expense and frustration to the projects. A professional remodeler will be able to look at your space and your style ideas, and will share ideas from other projects that you may not have thought about. He will be able to spot potential problem areas that could derail your dream ideas, and can suggest great alternatives. And he will have the tools and equipment, the knowledge of techniques, and the skill to do things right the first time.
If you have no construction experience, a remodeler will do tasks in the right order, using subcontractors that he knows and trusts. In the long run, it will save you time, money, and frustration to work with a professional who knows how to stage out the projects, understands budgets, and is able to provide creative solutions for any unexpected roadblocks.
When you are thinking about a home remodel, Designers Northwest has the expertise to do the job for you. Give us a call for a free evaluation and estimate for your project. We look forward to talking with you!