The New Year is excellent time to complete projects in doors, and consider adding on to your home before spring. Indoor projects can range from upgrading your lighting, plumbing fixtures, bathroom vanities, paint or knock out a wall and add that extra square footage.
The tips below will help guide you through the planning process.
- Make a wish list. Walk through your home determine the current state and what ideas you want to implement. Start by determining the necessity items that need to be addressed like leaking pipes those items should be taken care of first. Then move on to wish list upgrading to granite or marble countertops.
- Selling or staying in your home? This will help to determine the home improvement budget. Budget for home improvement may vary whether you intend to sell or if your current home is your forever home. If you are selling then to ensure your return on investment (ROI), upgrade the parts of the home that home buyers are interested in kitchen, baths, flooring, and paint.
- Look for inspiration now. Pinterest, magazines, color swatches, are all good ways to get inspiration and jump start any home improvement projects. Seeking inspiration before the urge strikes helps you prepare in order to have a stress free project. This is a great time to consult an interior designer/contractor to ease any question.
- Understanding your budget. After the holiday season has passed money is often tight for home owners. Use this time to plan your projects and your budget to complete them. The first few months of the New Year spent planning can ease the stress of a tight budget allows you to price materials, labor, and to estimate the time to complete the project.
- Proper Permits. Permits are also something to consider during the planning stage certain home improvements will require proper permits for electrical, plumbing, structural or other trades. Seek out for advice contact a local contractor or trades person if you are unclear what permits are required. The codes department can assist with what proper permits that are required.
- Be Flexible. Flexibility needs to be a reality with any home improvements. Kitchen and Bath remodels you may think should take 8 weeks the reality is it may take 12 weeks. With budget, materials, and resources this is also true due to unforeseens, allow extra time and money this will ensure you keep your sanity during the project.
- Enjoy your home improvement or addition projects. This is a very serious investment but should be one that is fun and rewarding. If you don’t enjoy doing home improvements then hire a professional, leave the hard work to them and sit back and enjoy the process.
Home Improvements projects are an awesome way to start off the New Year! These steps can help ease the stress, acquire inspiration and help keep your budget on track.
Little patience and planning before starting any home improvement project, will ease your project right along.
Happy Home Improving 2017