Whether you’re looking to finally tackle that home remodel you’ve had on the backburner or add a whole new addition to your home, you’ll have a lot on your plate with a major renovation project. It’s important to take the planning stages of a home remodel seriously in order to stay on schedule, keep your budget under control, and really improve your home. Whether it’s a smaller-scale update or a major construction project, the right construction and design partner can help you get the most out of your home remodel. But when planning a major home renovation, here are 5 steps to keep in mind.
Consider Your Needs
First and foremost, you should always have a list of your wants and needs in a home renovation project. Draw inspiration from other remodel projects or from home improvement and design trends, and set out an idea of exactly what you want from your renovation. This can help you plan efficiently with a contractor and also help you prioritize your needs in case of unexpected budget or scheduling issues.
Have Your Home Inspected
A surprisingly common and easily avoidable home remodel mistake is not getting your home properly inspected in the planning stages of a major renovation. A professional inspection can clue you in to any underlying issues that need to be addressed in your home, or issues that may crop up during your remodel that could cause scheduling and budget stress.
Make Arrangements for Your Major Work
Before starting a major renovation, remember to talk about it with your family, friends, and neighbors. It’s a great idea to give neighbors a heads up about major construction on your home. You may even need to make arrangements with friends and family for serious construction that will require you to stay somewhere other than your home during the course of work. Be sure to make these arrangements well in advance.
Consider Energy Efficiency
Now more than ever, it’s so important to make eco-friendly choices in your home’s construction. The planning stages of a major home remodel is the perfect time to prioritize green thinking for all your choices in building material, lighting, and energy efficient features.
Plan for the Long-Term
Most importantly, you want to plan for the long term when it comes to a major renovation. After all, you probably won’t want to take on another major project for a while. Try to tackle things that will require maintenance, repair, or replacement during your major remodel. This can help ease stress and allow you to enjoy your newly remodeled home problem-free for the next few years.
Matthews Construction and Design
Whether you are ready to dive headfirst into your kitchen remodel or you still have a million questions, Matthews Construction and Design is here to help you. We can service all your remodeling needs. If you want to learn more, feel free to give us a call at 202-702-3553 or you can visit us online. For more tips, tricks, and to see what we have been working on, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Houzz, and Google+.