As the end of 2018 approaches, you might be starting to look ahead to next year and think about what you’d like to accomplish. For homeowners, maybe you’re committing to a remodel project instead of a New Year’s Resolution (or remodeling is part of your resolution). But now might be the time to go big and do a full remodel instead of one room at a time. Here are some tips to help you plan the process.
Make a plan
You’ve heard us say it before, but every remodeling project needs a firm plan in place before you start. For a full home remodel, consider talking to a professional design-build firm like TailorCraft Builders in Maryland, who can guide you through the process and offer insider tips. Knowing which rooms you want to do and to what extent will also allow you or your contractor to plan ahead and work concurrently on similar projects.
That kind of efficiency will save you money, and keep the project moving. Your plan should also include details on any layout changes you want to make. Will there be plumbing changes? Will any electrical work need to be changed? If you want to change the home’s layout, be sure to know which walls are load-bearing, to preserve the structural integrity of your home. Know what design and materials you are interested in from floor to ceiling to help speed up your project. Having a detailed plan before demolition starts will save time, money and headaches.
If you plan to hire a contractor, ask them if they offer discounts for scheduling work during their slow times. Peak times for contractors are in the summer and from Labor Day to Christmas. This means projects take longer, and prices will probably be higher.
Part of planning ahead will be creating a detailed budget. According to HomeAdvisor, the average whole home remodel in 2018 cost about $42,000. Your cost will be determined by the scale, materials, and contractors you hire. Whatever you decide on for a budget, be sure to factor in another 20 percent or so for “surprises” along the way. Also consider how remodeling can influence your real estate taxes.
If you’re remodeling an older home, there could be lead or asbestos to consider. Be sure to consult a professional to learn what to look for, and how to safely handle removing hazardous items and materials. If you hire a general contractor in Maryland, do your research and don’t be afraid to get general estimates from a few places before making a decision.
Pick a style
If you’re remodeling your entire home, now’s the time to bring a sense of continuity into your home’s design. That doesn’t mean each room needs to be decorated with the same colors or themes, but think big picture. Do you like vintage, or modern? Eclectic, or traditional? Whether it’s the style of windows, the furniture, or details in the woodwork, see if there’s a way to unify the home’s overall feel, while preserving each room’s unique style.
Have a backup plan
If bathrooms are involved in the home remodel, you may need another place to stay for a while. Whether that’s a hotel, a stint with relatives or crashing on a friend’s couch, have a contingency plan in place in case your home becomes temporarily unlivable.
Remodeling your entire home is a big endeavor. If you still have questions, we’d love to help! Contact us at (443) 261-5704 or here.