With 2022 quickly approaching, many are already brainstorming what home projects they’d like to take on in the new year. But, before diving into a home remodeling project there are a few things to keep in mind, especially with the current supply chain disruptions and labor shortages. Certain home remodeling projects can add value to your home, such as a kitchen renovation, bathroom remodel, or landscaping additions. On the contrary, some improvement projects can actually decrease your home value, so if you’re planning on selling your home in the future, steer clear of these projects.
Whether you’re looking to add value to your home or just looking for a change of scenery, here are 5 helpful tips for a successful home remodel:
Create a Game Plan & Budget
Every successful home renovation starts with research, a game plan, and an established budget. If you’re reading this, you’re already on the right track. First, determine what part of your home you’d like to remodel. Could your kitchen use a facelift? Or, maybe you’re fantasizing about an extra bedroom for more space to spread out. Next, figure out if your project requires a contractor or if you’ll be DIY-ing. If you’re working with a contractor, they’ll be able to create a plan for construction and give you price estimates. Keep in mind that different projects will require different budgets. Having a clear plan for your project will save you time, money, and headaches in the long run.
Consider Ways to Cut Costs
Warning: Home remodeling projects might end up costing more than you anticipate. Even with a set-in-stone budget, it’s easy for expenses to be overlooked during the budgeting process. Also, the current global supply-chain crisis is leading to significant cost increases of certain materials such as lumber. However, there are certain measures you can take during the process to cut your overall costs. For example, if you’re thinking of expanding your kitchen, consider adding in more efficient storage. Get more ideas here!
Keep Curb Appeal in Mind
It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of starting an interior home remodeling project and overlook your curb appeal. It’s understandable, who doesn’t love looking at interior paint colors and cabinet styles? But, don’t forget that curb appeal is just as important. It’s the first thing people see when they visit your home and if you ever plan on selling, it can even influence the price. Find out how to create curb appeal here.
Coordinate Your Living Situation
If a larger scale remodel is in your near future, you might need to find a place to stay in the meantime. Planning ahead is the key to a smooth remodel, especially if you have pets or children. It’s unlikely that you’ll want to be home during the mess of a home remodel. For smaller scale remodels, it might be enough to just move furniture out of one or two rooms. If you’re working with a contractor, they’ll be able to sit down with you and determine a project timeline. Some temporary living arrangements could be staying with friends or family, renting an Airbnb, or staying in a hotel.
Make Worth-While Updates
What are your future plans for your home? Will you be staying there through retirement or are you planning on selling in 5 years? These are practical questions to consider before jumping into a remodeling project. Let’s say you are planning on selling in 5 years, certain renovations like choosing bold paint colors or combining rooms can make it difficult for your home to sell quickly. If you’re planning on staying there through retirement, choose upgrades that could be useful through later stages of life.
If you’re planning on remodeling your Long Beach home in 2022, we’re happy to be a resource. Give us a call at 562-896-2456 if you have any questions, or need a local contractor!