The Most Important Remodeling Steps

There are some things you need to know before starting a remodeling project in your home. Some are easier to know than others, such as the fact that you don’t want your new kitchen to be on the second floor by the bedrooms but needs to be on the ground floor by the dining room. So, even though the extra space is upstairs, it just won’t work for what you have in mind. Some others require more research on your part such as who can take care of your popcorn ceiling or how difficult demolition will turn out to be.

That is why it is vital for you to be armed with knowledge before the project starts. You want to minimize problems and maximize how far your budget will go.

Start by Knowing the Timeline

In general, this is how much time each phase of a remodeling project will take:

  • The planning stage should take about one month
  • Demolition may take between one and two weeks
  • Electrical, plumbing, and HVAC should take about another week
  • Any framing and drywall needed can be accomplished within ten days
  • Painting takes about one week
  • Installation of cabinets and fixtures requires one week
  • Flooring will take a week as well as trim and finish work
  • Doors and windows should be up in less than a week
  • Cleaning the house and vents, one or two days

This means that a project that involves all of the above will be finished in about three months. If yours is less comprehensive, it might take less time.

Determine Your Budget

Knowing how much each item will cost and having a budget that reflects that, is important to give you peace of mind. However, leave some wiggle room for contingencies and permits, among other items.

Estimating the cost of labor is tough. It’s hard to know to the minute how long each step of the remodel will take. If you are planning on hiring a general contractor, they may have a clearer idea of this cost.

Also, you should be prepared for unexpected problems to arise when demolition takes place and leaky pipes, damaged foundations, or defective wiring may be revealed.

Are you comfortable with DIY or do you need the pros?

It’s understandable that you may want to tackle some aspects of the project on your own. After all, it is certainly more economical to do so. However, doing stuff that is out of your realm of expertise may also be more expensive in the long run. Be realistic in determining who gets to do what and avoid unpleasant cost overages.

Pack Up and Prepare

Before the project begins, it is important for the area to be completely free of personal belongings. Move everything to another room in your house or, if that is simply not possible, get a storage unit and put everything there. Talk to young children about what is going to happen and warn them not to come near the work area. Also, prepare a substitute kitchen by plugging the fridge and small appliances in your garage or covered patio. Don’t pack the microwave, toaster, or coffeemaker and transfer them there as well. Try to make the space as comfortable as possible considering the limitations. This set up may make the remodeling much easier to handle. For more information, visit           

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