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Planning a Remodeling Project

Remodeling your home can be a sound investment, especially if you have the intention of staying in your home for several years. When someone buys a custom built home they get everything in the kitchen, bathrooms, and other rooms that they want or can afford. As the years go by some things begin to lose their shine. For those who purchase a pre-made home from a developer of a community there will be less distinct options. In fact these development homes can lack character until you remodel. By remodeling you can increase the value of your home, as well as keep it in great shape while you are living in it. To have a successful remodel you need a successful planning stage, whether you are just updating the kitchen or adding more footage to your home.

Form an Idea:

Typically a remodel job begins with an idea of what you wish to change in your home, and from this little seed it goes on to become an actual project that you will do. It could be a television show, magazine article, or something else that you see which sparks the beginning of an idea for a remodel. You may have been in a home improvement store and saw a tile you like, which might fit in your bathroom. Your personal style will always tell you how to proceed from the idea and books, media, and magazines can help.

Research, Research, Research:

You need to become familiar with the details of your specific plan by researching the possibility of that design. If you are adding a whole second floor onto your home is it physically possible? Would it be better to avoid challenges by changing your design a little? You probably do not want to draw the plans yourself, but you should have a good idea of what is needed for that design. In other words what is the architecture or builder going to need to create the plans? Measures, colors, and products are a good place to start your research.

Drafting Your Design:

In the drafting stage you can visit home improvement stores that have designers for kitchens or bathrooms if that is what you intend to remodel. You will not want to undertake drawing the plans by yourself unless you have extensive knowledge. Also, you need to inquire about the permits needed for your particular project. In the US you only need permits if you are changing the outside structure of the house. Kitchen remodels do not require permits unless something is changing structurally.

Contractor or Self Home Improvement:

If you have never had any contractor experience yourself then a home improvement project based on your skills is probably not the best way to go. There are many functional issues you have to consider when remodeling; therefore, it is better to hire a qualified contractor by examining their reputation, license, professional history, insurance, references, and memberships to the BBB.

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