Renovating and re-doing your home isn’t an easy task, in fact, most people don’t know where to start or who to go to first when they decide to do a home renovation.
According to John Kang of Goldleaf Designs a custom home builder in Haddonfield, there are two major things to keep in mind when renovating your home, “renovations in your home should be both practical and meaningful.”
It’s important to keep in mind a design that materializes a spatial concept that makes sense for the setting and purpose of the renovation itself.
In addition to keeping your new space practical and meaningful, it’s important to go into a home renovation with an open mind, knowing that everything may not go as planned.
It isn’t uncommon for some things to have to change in order to carry out the renovation process.
Considering these points, here are 10 helpful tips from custom home builders you need to hear when renovating your home.
1. Establish a good relationship with contractors
Contractors and custom home builders can and will assist you from the early stages of the renovation process all the way to the material selection and installation of those materials.
Establish a positive relationship with these professionals in order to get the job done up to your standards and get one step closer to your dream home.
2. Understand material selection
Custom home builders can help you in the material selection of your renovation; however, doing prior research will not only broaden your material options, but will give your home builder a better idea of what you want and how he or she can give you that.
3. Have a flexible deadline
More often than not, deadlines have to be changed with home renovations. Some projects take longer than others and getting the right materials may take longer than expected.
Make sure to know that the finish date may change more than once.
4. Have a flexible budget
Like deadlines, budgets may have to change too. While renovating your home, problems may be discovered or material may cost more than expected.
Of course, do research to make sure your contractors are giving you fair prices but don’t let it come as a surprise if you exceed your budget during the home renovation process.
5. Write down the quote and add any other expenses
Writing everything down may seem like a no brainer, but during a home renovation, it isn’t uncommon to get caught up in the process.
Writing down all expenses will make it easier to stick as close to your budget as possible and to know where your money went at the end of the process.
6. Hire one contractor or custom home builder
It’s common for customers who aren’t familiar with the renovation process to begin speaking with a number of different contractors or custom home builders.
Though this is a good way to begin the process to ensure you get the best price and best work, once the renovation process begins, stick to one person to avoid any project layover issues.
Working with multiple people leaves a lot of area for disagreements in what should be done in a space and doesn’t truly make anybody accountable for the work if any large issues were to arise.
7. The ceiling plan is just as important as the floor plan
Most people are hyper-focused on the floor plan and what the room will look like when one walks into it, most people tend to forget about the ceiling plan.
If a home is being custom built, the ceiling plan is one of the most important things to talk about with your builder.
If you are renovating your already existing home, it is also important to talk about this with a contractor to make sure it is getting just as much attention as the floor plan itself.
8. Try to work on one room at once
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to consider all aspects of a home redesign at once. It’s also important to focus on one room at once when considering a budget.
It will be easy to abandon a budget completely when thinking of everything each room needs at once. A helpful pointer to avoid this issue is to hyperfocus on the rooms you tend to spend a lot of time in, like the living room or family room.
9. Avoid adding excessive technology
Technology quickly gets outdated and needs upgrades. Don’t make adding the latest technology to a home renovation the number one priority at this point in the process.
Things like, the latest video security system and video wiring in every room are important but can be added after the renovation, allowing you to focus on the structure of the room more.
10. Ask questions
Like any new task or experience in life, it’s important to ask questions. If you don’t understand something or you want to know more, talk to your designer or contractor. This will save you the stress and could ultimately save you money.
Renovating and getting a custom home built is an exciting time, don’t let the stress and project mishaps get in the way (because they will happen!).
Keeping these tips in mind and making your project practical and meaningful, you won’t be let down.