Remodeling your house, or even just a room or a small part of your property, might seem like a very exciting idea at first; and it is. But it should also mean that you have planned it out carefully. Although there is an element of fun in the idea of remodeling and redecorating in order to give new life to an old space, there are things you should consider firsthand, before things get out of control and yes, things can easily get out of control.
The problem with remodeling is that most people don’t really understand the amount of money it takes, the time it will take to get the job finished, nor the quality of the job they will be doing. These three things are vital and should be considered well before looking at new ideas on social media.
First, you will need to consider the amount of money you are willing to invest in a remodel. This can vary greatly depending on your possibilities, how important this project is to you, and the purpose of the remodel. After this, you will want to consider what this money means in terms of quality. The truth is that a limited amount might only get you so far, and you will need to be realistic about what you can do with what you have. Lastly, you have to keep in mind that remodeling projects take time; they can take several weeks, or even several months, depending on how complex they are, but this will mean that (even if you are just remodeling a small space in your home) there will be dust everywhere, workers walking in and out of your house, loud noises, and even smells that might be uncomfortable.
It is very important for you to understand and find a way to balance time, money and quality in order to get the best out of the project you have in mind. If you want something that has a better quality, you will need to consider that it might take longer to accomplish, especially if you are on a tight budget. And the budget you have will limit you in the ways of quality. If you are only able to afford a few workers at a time, the project will take longer to be completed. If you are willing to pay a little extra in order to have a specialist working on the details, the quality of the project will go up.
There are a number of factors to consider, but the most important thing for you to determine is “what’s your priority?”. If you have a very specific budget assigned for the project, you will want to put money on the top of your list. Once you have settled this, you can negotiate with a contractor to create a schedule that fits that budget, and the details or extra things, that you might have to drop in order to meet that budget.
If you are in a hurry to get the job done, maybe because you are trying to sell the house, or you have a big event coming up like the birth of a baby, you will need to be more flexible in the other two aspects. You might still get a high quality job but then you will need to be willing to pay for higher costs. Or, if you don’t want to pay more money, you might have to settle with something simpler.
If the quality is what’s most important to you, then you will need to keep in mind that it will probably mean a higher cost, and most likely, it will also take more time. Whatever you are looking for, keep in mind those three things and make sure you and your contractor are on the same page by the time he starts working. To learn more, read the new book by Tim P Jones, “CUT THE CHAOS – The Ultimate Guide to Residential Remodeling”, available now on Amazon and Barnes & Nobel.