After years of biding their time, waiting for the economy, job stability and home values to improve, many homeowners are ready to get their remodeling projects rolling. MAK Design+Build reports that new client contacts have increased significantly over the past few years. Clients often call with a long list of projects they have been putting off and are now ready to tackle.
While deferring home improvements can make some homeowner’s over-eager to get started, MAK’s project assistant Juliana Tadano stresses that the first and most important step in remodeling is to create a game plan. Tadano provides suggestions for moving your project from a “someday” daydream to a “let’s do this” reality in a smart, efficient manner.
* The most important step in remodeling is to establish a plan. Will you be staying in the home long-term or remodeling to improve real estate interest? How does your home compare to others in your neighborhood, in terms of condition, improvements and value? This can help you establish a realistic budget for investing in your home. While you can’t recover all of your remodeling costs through selling your home, a smart remodel can make your home more desirable on the market and more enjoyable to live in.
* Next consider where the most positive impact could be made. Are your kitchen cabinets falling apart? Bathroom tile falling off? Or are the kids outgrowing your small footprint? Consider your kitchens, baths, roof and HVAC system, as well as the additional space that most people long for.
* Many homes in Davis have original components that are reaching the end of their useful lives. Update the hardworking rooms and systems in your house that you use every day to enjoy the maximum value of your project. You can often improve the traffic flow, storage and enjoyment of your existing home without adding space — which keeps costs down and shortens the time you will be living through your remodel.
* Determine priorities, an overall budget, and a budget for each room or section of project. Be sure to factor in timeframes that works best for your family as well as your home and neighborhood’s value.
Then head to inspirational websites such as Houzz.com and Pinterest.com to explore what sorts of possibilities excite you. Be sure to discuss your project ideas and goals with everyone in your family — not only does everyone have different needs, but everyone will need to live through the planning, dust and disruption that remodeling brings. Engaging your whole family will open up opportunities for everyone to be excited about the project ahead.
When you are ready to contact remodeling professionals, having done this research and prioritizing will make the interview process smoother, and will help to kick-start your design process once you select a team to work with.
Be sure to look for licensed, local professionals who specialize in remodeling and have experience in your area. Don’t be afraid to discuss budget, as this will help your remodeling professional make suggestions on prioritizing your list of projects. A responsible remodeler will help you maximize your investment and prioritize your needs. Proper planning will help you manage costs, minimize headaches and maximize the enjoyment of your project.
— Juliana Tadano is a project assistant for MAK Design+Build.