Are you a homeowner? One day, you’ll sell your home so increasing your home’s value is always a good idea.
Did you know that one of the most strategic and reliable ways to do that is to do a bathroom or a kitchen remodel? That’s because in many cases, you get a very high return on your investment with new kitchens and bathrooms.
And with the popularization of design media, buyers are very savvy and know what they are looking for. They love a shiny new bathroom or kitchen.
Considering a remodel? It is a big job, which requires some planning. Here is a guide to help you get started.
Get Down to Planning
Start by setting a budget with both hard and soft limits.
You should try and have a good idea of what your project will cost to start from a labor standpoint.
That being said, you may change your mind about finishes or materials as you go along, and flexibility is nice.
You should set your budget to a little bit more than you anticipate.
Get inspired. Watch design TV and read décor magazines. Ask your contractor for advice.
Sketch out a floorplan with the desired changes, taking care to measure and make sure that your dream kitchen or bathroom measures up in reality.
Picking out fixtures, colors and materials can be overwhelming.
Take your time and make sure that you don’t just go for the “look” of something; bathrooms and kitchens are purpose-driven spaces.
Things need to be functional.
Thoughts on Fixtures
When you are selecting fixtures, consider if you are able to connect them into existing plumbing, or if there is more work to be done to route new fixtures into the system.
This will influence your cost, your timeline and ultimately your choices.
Fixtures do play a big role in the overall impression of your kitchen or bathroom, so spend time to choose ones that make sense with the overall décor.
How to Hire the Right Person for Your Job
There are plenty of contractors out there to choose from.
Make sure you find a reputable, accredited contractor who charges a fair price, because his/her reputation and workmanship warrant it.
It’s a good idea to talk to a few different candidates.
Make sure to ask for references and make a point of asking for photos of completed jobs.
Beyond price, there are other criteria to consider. What is their history in getting jobs done on time?
What kind of added value can they offer (i.e. help designing the layout or finishes)? What is their policy on breaks and work hours?
This may not seem like a big deal, but when your home life is disrupted by renovations, it matters. Trust us.