Our Top 5 Tips for a Successful Home Remodel
1. Dream Big, Plan Ahead
Having a new shiny space sounds dreamy but take some time to see the big picture. What are your end goals? Do you plan to live in the home for years to come or sell quickly? Research your area to get a feel for renovation trends to avoid over renovating your home and understand what renovations will be your best return on investment. Having a clear plan and purpose in the very beginning, will help drive a smooth renovation.
2. Know Your Budget
Budgeting might be the most stressful part of a renovation but it doesn’t have to be. Be realistic when detailing out your expected costs. Know where to cut costs and what items might be worth the extra splurge. If cooking isn’t your thing, you probably don’t need to spring for the 8 burner, commercial grade gas stove, instead, go mid-range and invest elsewhere. Add in a contingency plan and get used to the idea of using it. Setting expectations when it comes to budget will not only help to prevent overspending, it’ll save you from a budget breakdown!
3. Hire the Right Team
Hiring the right team can make or break your experience. Research and ask around for recommendations. Meet with your potential candidates and get a feel for how they work. Did they show up on time to your meeting? Were they knowledgeable and able to answer your questions? Did they seem honest and trustworthy? Go with your gut – this is a working relationship and the better you feel about the team you hire, the more relaxed you’ll be throughout the renovation.
4. Keep an Eye on Things
Don’t feel overwhelmed by this task. If you’re living on site during the renovation, this will be easy but if you aren’t, plan to stop in at least once a week to see how things are shaking out. Pay attention to the details and if something isn’t what you expected, speak up. If you have the right team, they’ll want to hear what you have to say and work towards making you happy.
5. Practice Patience
Things aren’t going to be roses and butterflies every step of the way. There are going to be moments during the renovation that seem impossible, making you wish you hadn’t started at all, but channel the light at the end of the tunnel. Try to enjoy the process because, in the end, your hard work will pay off in the form of a Pinterest worthy space!
-The CHBO Team