Planning a home remodel can be a scary process, but when you go into it with some tips and tricks up your sleeve you will greatly reduce some of that fear. Here at Budget Dumpster, we have rented thousands of dumpsters to homeowners who are preparing for a home remodel. Along the way we’ve learned a couple of things that our customers should know before they start their home remodeling project. So whether you plan on remodeling your home by yourself or hiring a contractor, these are some things you should definitely know going in.
10 Things You Should Know Before Remodeling Your Home
What You Want
It is important to have a somewhat clear idea of what you want before jumping into a home remodel. Take your time and really think about what you’ve always wanted to have and what is feasible to achieve. If you are hiring a contractor, talk out your ideas with them because they can help you make what you’re thinking into something that makes sense.
The Dimensions of Every Room
Before you can decide what you want in your rooms, you need to know how much room you have to work with. If you don’t have the blueprint to your room, do the measuring yourself with a tape measure and remember to write everything down because you will forget. Whether you are hiring a contractor or doing it yourself, knowing the dimensions of your house is very important.
Deciding on a budget is one of the first steps in remodeling your home. Be sure to calculate everything into your budget such as the materials, waste removal, labor, and so on and so forth. Your contractor should be able to help you come up with an estimated cost for your project, but you should know what you are willing to spend before meeting with them.
Your Time Frame
Having a loose time frame for when you want to start your project and when you want to finish it is good for your mind. I tend to enjoy things much better when I know when it will be finished. It doesn’t really matter in the long run if you stick to your time frame or not, but it is a good way to relax your brain if you are worrying about when everything will be done.
Where You’ll Stay
If you are planning a major home remodel, you may need to consider where you’ll stay if you cannot stay in your home during the construction. It may be possible to stay in your house during the construction but you might need to relocate to a different area of your home. This is something you’ll need to figure out before you start your home remodel.
How You’ll Get Rid of Waste
Believe it or not, home remodeling and dumpster rentals go hand-in-hand. As a dumpster rental company, we cater to many customers remodeling their homes. Far too often, people start a home remodeling project and later realize they have nowhere to put all their waste. So before you start to freak out about where you’ll dispose of all your unwanted materials and what you can throw in the dumpster, call Budget Dumpster.
Types of Materials
Your budget will greatly depend upon what types of materials you plan to use during your home remodel. If you are not remodeling your home yourself, you should ask your contractor what options you have when it comes to the materials being used. There are usually different options for materials that can either decrease or increase the overall price of your home remodel.
This is something you’ll only need to know if you are hiring a contractor or home remodeling expert. I would ask them how many years of experience they have, if they have pictures or a portfolio of their previous projects, and I would always do my own research. Never hire a contractor that you can’t trust because they will be in and out of your house on a daily basis and you should trust them to take care of your property.
Is it Energy Efficient?
If you are expecting to have a home remodel that effects your home’s energy efficiency, you will want to work this into your monthly budget. You should consider how you can save on energy usage by either installing solar panels or energy efficient light bulbs. Before you make any major home remodel involving the electricity or water service, make sure you consider your monthly bills first.
Who to Call
When you are remodeling a home by yourself, there are many different things that can go wrong and it is a good idea to know who you’re going to call in case of an emergency. (No, not the Ghostbusters) It can’t hurt to have a few people’s numbers on hand in case you break something that can be harmful. I suggest knowing the number for a plumber, electrician, and contractor in your area.
Deciding to take on an entire home remodel is a big commitment and we want you to go into it with the most knowledge possible. No matter where you are on your path to a home remodel, these 10 tips should help you make the best decisions. In your opinion, what should you definitely know before you start a home remodel? Share your opinions with us in the comments section below.