5 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Home Addition or Large Remodeling Project

Consider These Tips Before Starting a Home Remodeling Project

You’re picturing a major home renovation: a remodel of your home, perhaps, or a new room addition. It may be tempting to jump straight in and get started, but remember that home improvement projects can quickly go awry without proper planning. Before you begin, make sure to ask yourself these key questions to help keep your project on time and within the budget.

Does a Home Addition or Large Remodel Make Sense for Your Family?

If you’re thinking about a large remodeling project, consider the potential it has to impact your family and whether or not this is the best decision you could make. You may, for example, need to consider:

Is it best for my family to remodel, or to sell and move? Selling your current home and moving into a larger one may be a better financial fit for your needs. You may also find that the mess and trouble of remodeling doesn’t work well for your family. On the other hand, if you’re very attached to your neighborhood or home, you may find that a remodeling project makes more sense than a big move.

Does the cost fit my budget? Before you begin your remodeling project, make sure you have a solid estimate of what it will cost. Can you afford this major change to your home, or should you start with a smaller project and continue making improvements over time?

Does the investment make sense? What does your home’s current value look like? Compare it to other homes in your neighborhood and you may find that a home renovation may not have the effect on your home’s value that you’re hoping for. If you’re not sure, consult a local realtor about home values and whether or not it makes sense to spend the cost of making improvements on your home.

Who Can Help With Planning and Making Decisions?

Planning a home renovation is a big task, and probably not one you want to do on your own. It can be difficult to decide who to trust and many people aren’t sure where to start with their home renovation efforts. Fortunately, a home remodel planner and project manager from Owner Assist Remodeling can make it easier to plan your big renovation. By working with a home remodel planner and a project manager, you can get a better idea of the cost associated with your remodeling project, learn more about providers in the area, and make wise choices that will help you create a better home for your family.

What Are Your Options for Design and Plans?

There are several ways you can decide on the design for your remodeling project and develop a more effective plan. You may want to use an architect to design and a general contractor to build your home addition, or you might choose to opt for a design consultant. Owner Assist Remodeling handles project planning and design, which can help you stay on budget and create a design that better fits your desires and the future needs of your family. Not only that, a design consultant can help you better understand exactly what you want from your available space, which will allow you to enjoy your remodel even more.

How Do You Avoid Paying Too Much?

Embarking on a home renovation project can be very expensive. In most cases, you want to avoid spending too much on your project. Using a design consultant from Owner Assist Remodeling can help you save money on your renovation project with several different strategies including:

  • Planning out your entire renovation project ahead of time so that you won’t need to make expensive changes in the middle of the project.
  • Partnering with local businesses to acquire discounts on important materials and services throughout the project.
  • Providing a good balance between quality and expense, so that you don’t end up with inadequate materials that need to be replaced quickly, but also don’t overspend on unnecessarily expensive materials.
  • Setting a budget for your project that fits your financial needs, rather than trying to pressure you to go beyond your budget.
  • Letting you do the project as an Owner Builder, using a project manager instead of a general contractor.
  • Allowing you to do some of the necessary work yourself, saving you money on your overall project costs. Most general contractors won’t allow you to do any of the building yourself, but when you do the project as an Owner Builder through Owner Assist Remodeling, you’ll be able to complete those pieces of the project yourself, according to your needs and desires.

Is It Necessary to Use a General Contractor?

Using a general contractor for your construction project isn’t the only option! Using a project manager can help reduce your costs and create a better final result for your renovation. In fact, a project manager may be a better choice for most owner remodeling projects. A general contractor shouldn’t be the most essential part of your home remodel or addition project. Instead, look for a project manager who will allow you to do the project your way!

Are you ready to embark on a home remodeling project that will help reshape your home to your needs? Whether you need more space to fit a growing family or are simply hoping to add more room for leisure and enjoyment within your home, we’re here to help! Contact us today to learn more about how we can help save you money on your home remodeling project, stick to your budget, and improve your home so that you’ll fall in love with it all over again.