7 Questions to Consider Before Remodeling Your Home
Transforming a house into your perfect home can be rewarding, but it’s a lot of work. Remember that basic structure is more important than the appearance of your home. When fixing up a home on your own, there are a few things to consider:
Ask a contractor or inspector take a look at your home. Before starting a remodel, it’s a good idea to make sure you aren’t going to have to fix a flawed foundation or structure if you don’t have to. These fixes are pricey! Contractors and inspectors can help figure out the best solutions for both your budget and your home’s functionality.
Check into your municipality regulations and homeowners association covenants. Depending on the extent of your remodel, a building permit may be required. Proceeding without a permit could become an issue down the road upon selling your home. If your planned remodeling extends to the exterior of your home, there may be covenants that come into play. Additionally, other special circumstances can apply – like if your home is in a named Historical District. Addressing these potential issues upfront is much easier than after beginning your update.
Take into account the current architecture of your home before you plan the new layout. Some walls are structural and shouldn’t be removed without professional consultation.
Make a plan. Think about the structure, foundation, membrane, windows, heating, electrical, and plumbing. Will any of these things need to be fixed or replaced? In what order will you alter the rooms and other aspects your home?
Set a budget and time limit. Be realistic about it. A remodel of your whole home isn’t going to be a couple thousand dollars and finished in a month.
Do you want to professionally remodel your home? Professional remodels can lower the chances of major mistakes, but can also be more expensive.
Remember DIY remodels are an option too. A do-it-yourself home remodel can you get exactly what you want for your budget. However, if there is any uncertainty or a high potential for mistakes, seek certified help.
Will there be unknown expenses? More than likely, yes. These surprises are most commonly foundation or mold issues. Also, older homes may have asbestos that needs professional removal before you begin your remodel.
Remember: it is always important to check for asbestos before starting any remodel project! Breaking down walls or flooring with asbestos can harm your health. Make sure to test your home for asbestos for a safe environment for remodeling.