Any remodeling project can become overwhelming, especially if you have not tackled one before. It can get even more frustrating if you are trying to stick to a budget. So whether you have tried remodeling in the past or this is the first time you are doing it, here are some tips to guarantee a smooth sailing project.
Small Projects Can Be As Expensive As Bigger Ones
Remember that each and every remodeling project will require a lot of time and money. You need to perform demolition jobs, process permits, hire a contractor, and many other things, regardless of the size of the project. Thus, even the smallest project could cost a good amount of money. So before you embark on a small remodeling project, you may want to think really hard if it is necessary to do it at this time. Otherwise, it may be better to wait until such time that you will need to tackle a much bigger project and do things all at once and hiring a general contractor.
Do Not Be In A Rush
When planning your project, do not be in a hurry. Remember, even the smallest mistake could cost you a lot of money. Take time to consider all aspects when you prepare the detailed plans for your remodeling project. Spend more time with your contractor and architect and ask as many questions as you can. Be open to their suggestions and ask for their professional advice before you start with the building demolition and construction.
Improve the Efficiency Instead of Size
If you are able to reorganize and equip your home to achieve maximum utility, it may not be necessary to destroy the walls just to gain more space in your house. For instance, you can start in the kitchen. Check out the storage and see if you can replace those space-hogging shelves with a full-length cabinet that includes pull out drawers and racks that you can use for keeping canned goods and other grocery items. If you are trying to save money, then this is definitely a more practical solution than having to destroy and rebuild your space. By simply outfitting the cabinets with new upgrades, you are able to save thousands on your remodeling project. Check out our post on using your space better too.
Bring In Light Without Having to Add Windows
Before you decide to cut a huge hole on your wall and rearrange the framing, you may want to consider other options when it comes to bringing in more light into your space. There are cheaper and less invasive ways of capturing light into your home. For instance, if you want to brighten up your windowless hallway, install a light tube instead. You can simply slip this in between the roof rafters and this will funnel in the outside light towards your living space.
Visit a Recycling Center Before You Start Buying Things
If you are doing the project yourself, you could save a lot of money if you will visit your local recycling center before you start buying supplies and other resources you will need for the project. You might be surprised to discover several secondhand home fixtures that are way cheaper than the brand new ones. There are also organizations that sell building materials at less than half the cost of buying them from stores, so you may want to check these out.
This tip will however apply only to those who will be tackling the project on their own. Most contractors and professional builders will not be willing to work with secondhand and salvaged materials since they do not want to assume the liability in the event that something goes wrong. Of course, this will also ruin their reputation. So do your research well and if you really want to buy from recycling centers, double check the item to ensure that it is still in good condition.
Consider the Long Term Costs
If for instance your remodeling project will require the use of clapboard siding, you may be able to save more money in the long run if you will opt for the pre-painted and pre-primed variety right from the start. These might cost you up to 50 cents more per square foot, however you could end up saving as much for painting jobs in the long run. This is because factory finishes are not always able to withstand occasional rain and extreme sun exposure. You will not deal with so many problems if you will go for the pre-finished and pre-painted varieties, even after several years of use.
Limit the Use of Recessed Lighting Fixtures
The more recessed lights that you are going to install, the more your project will cost. If you are trying to stick to a budget, then using too many recessed lights may not be a good idea. Aside from the fixtures, you also need to spend for the labor cost of cutting holes and insulation. You might as well invest on ceiling or wall mounted lights instead. These lighting fixtures are able to deliver more wattage and thus, you can get by with installing only a few of them.
Resist the Urge to Totally Transform Your Home
Sometimes, we tend to get overwhelmed with our renovation plans that we end up turning our house into a totally different one and spending as much money as buying a whole new house. So before you proceed with the remodeling project, evaluate your plans carefully and make sure you stick with it. If you keep on changing plans along the way, you could end up converting your house into a totally different one. In this case, it might be better that you purchase a whole new property instead of remodeling your old house. So weigh the pros and cons and consider the cost before you proceed with a major remodeling project.
Remodeling your house is both exciting and overwhelming. If you are not prepared, you might end up feeling frustrated especially if you are on a limited budget. So learn from the remodeling tips above to avoid all the hassles and headaches that come with tackling a home remodeling project.