Useful Tips for Getting Home Remodels Right the First Time


Being at the helm of a home remodeling project takes a lot of work and can be stressful. There are going to be challenges, and many things have the potential to go wrong, but if you have a plan and learn from the experiences of other homeowners, chances are good your remodeling project for your Elbert or Douglas County home can run quite smoothly.

First, develop an in-depth plan. This cannot be stated enough. It’s incredibly important for any remodeling project to have every piece of the job planned out before that first swinging of a hammer. Take a look at your home and decide what you want to see done. Set up a budget to follow and adhere to it as closely as you can. If you know exactly what you want done, you’re unlikely to be steamrolled or “surprised” by contractors offering an unnecessary solution at a higher price.

If you’re hiring a contractor, consider using one who has several years of experience in home remodeling. Also, draw up a very detailed contract between your contractor and yourself, covering everything that you’re paying to have done. The more details therein, the better. Be sure your contractor includes a complete supply purchase list and lists out each step of the project to be done from start to finish. If you are unclear on anything your contractor has provided, ask for clarification before signing. If you have specific needs to be met, such as your preference for a particular type of hardwood, list them in your contract. This keeps the contractor honest and keeps you aware of everything that’s to happen.

You might want to save some money, but unless you’re a skilled electrician, don’t perform your own electrical work. Not only is there a good chance of faulty wiring causing a fire, unskilled electric work can very easily lead to grave injury due to electric shock. Paying a professional to do the electric work is well worth the price. The same can be applied to plumbing updates.

Visit the worksite regularly to ensure your project is getting finished with your timetable in mind. There may be times your contractor is going to make excuses about why the project is running late, but if the time they quoted you is off, you need to know. Don’t be afraid to bring any unsatisfactory work to the manager’s attention as well. If something’s not done to your liking, you’re not getting what you’re paying for.

If you keep focused on your plan and pay attention to the details along the way, you’re on the right track toward having your home remodel executed correctly the first time around. For more tips on remodeling projects, Better Homes & Gardens has an informative article worth checking out.

If you’re interested in buying or selling in Elbert and Douglas County, don’t hesitate to call me, Brian Janes, at (303) 808-2232, email me at brian@landmarkpremier.com, or visit my website. I look forward to meeting all your real estate needs.