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Remodel Planning

The First Step: Plan It Out

No one likes to fail, fall short, or miss their expectations. If you’ve got home renovation to do, you want to make sure you get the job done and done well the first time around. Many projects get sidetracked, poorly constructed, or built with inferior materials because the planning didn’t cover all the bases. Whether you’re working on the garage, a bedroom, a bathroom, the kitchen, or your living room, you want to be confident that your home remodeling will go without a hitch. This is why going with a handyman is a popular option for some. Remodeling just about anything is always a big project. If you know you tend to gravitate towards switching projects – getting a professional involved may be the best way to skip a headache.

Draw Your Plan

To begin your remodeling plan, you a clear vision of what your renovations will look like in the end. Draw some pictures like the room layout, new furniture or appliances, or describe them with as much detail as you can. There are several simple free room-generating programs online for you to map out your project with. If you’re struggling to draw out the exact concept you’ve got in your mind, contacting a handyman or professional is a viable option as they will be able to help put your ideas on paper. Don’t worry about this drawing being your “final draft,” it’s just to get your ideas laid out on something. It’s also fine to change your mind along the way about some details, but getting the big ideas drawn-out is the best start to your remodeling plan.

Do Your Homework

Now that you know what your remodeling will look like, start researching. Look up plans, instructions, tips and advice for your remodeling project. Lots of people have probably done the same updates already; take their advice so that you don’t waste time re-inventing the wheel. It’s a great idea to consult with people who have experience. Hiring a handyman to consult with you in this stage will help you explore options and materials that might not be obvious to a non-professional. While that will cost some money up front, having expert advice during these early stages will help make the entire project easier as you more forward.

Make Your Budget

Proper budgeting is the key to remodeling your home and one of the most important aspects of your remodeling plan. Before you begin a project you really must know how much you can afford to spend on this project. Start shopping around to find out how much your perfect carpet or counter top color is going to cost. Compare the prices on additions like on fixtures and appliances. Make sure that all of the new additions will fit inside your overall budget and trim back where needed. It would be a shame to invest a lot of money in rough building materials and have no budget left over for the cosmetic touches at the end. Divide your resources carefully.

Assemble Your Team

One of the last steps in you remodeling plan! You might be doing this whole home remodeling on your own. If so, good luck! But most of us need a little help. While most of us can get friends, family, and co-workers to volunteer, in most cases you won’t get professional craftsmanship from volunteers. Sometimes, hiring qualified help is essential to get the job done right. Other times an experienced handyman can make a key difference even if it’s just for finishing touches that require an experienced hand.

Get Your Permits

Attention! This is an important and sometimes overlooked aspect of your remodeling plan! Your local government cares what you do in your home – at least when it comes to exterior renovation. Make sure you apply for all the necessary permits at your local town office. Here’s another situation where having good handyman help will benefit you as an experienced handyman knows what permits are necessary and how to get them quickly.

Take your time planning your project, large or small. Once the project has begun this preparation will allow you to keep the project on time and budget. Feel free to contact us at anytime for suggestions and more tips on remodeling plans, or if you’re looking for a friendly, helpful, experienced hand to assist with your remodel. Good Luck!

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