They say home is where the heart is, but that doesn’t always mean your heart is completely happy with your home.
Just because you have a home doesn’t mean it fits all of your lifestyle needs. And when your home is lacking, an interior remodel is the best way to make it functional and keep you in the home you love. One of the most daunting parts of a remodel is knowing where you begin. But with a little forethought, an interior remodel is not so daunting.
1. Assess the Problems
Take time to reflect on your reasons for considering a remodel by looking around your home and what you currently have. What is it lacking that you need or want? The answers will be a good indication of the type of remodel that will help you decide which interior remodeling project is best for your home. Your needs may concentrate on a single room or a few spaces, or it may be your entire home that needs some work.
Make a list of what you notice and categorize it into what you want versus what you need. This will help you later with setting a budget and organizing the project.
2. Think About What You Want
Discovering what you want in a remodel is more than just fixing problems with your home. A remodel is a chance to add more space, function, and personality to your house. So don’t just think about what your home needs; think about what you want to have.
- What function does this room(s) need to serve?
- How do I want my home to look?
- What is my design style?
- What colors do I like?
- What features would be nice to have in this space? (Ex. In the kitchen, you may want double ovens or a pot filler.)
Take the time to research design and style ideas that inspire you. Create a Pinterest board or save pictures from magazines you like. Gather inspiration so that you have a clear idea to show designers and contractors of the direction you would like your home to move toward.
3. Establish a Budget
Budgets can determine how much of a project you can complete, the type of finishes you can afford, timeframe, or even the contractor you work with. So make sure to establish a budget before you take any steps to complete your remodel.
And if you think a remodel is out of your reach due to the cost, think again. There are many options for financing a home remodel. Just make sure that any projects you undertake are adding value to your home or lifestyle.
Most importantly, don’t forget to build in a buffer. No remodel will be perfect, and for any contingencies that may arise, you will want to have a buffer in place. This will keep you from going over budget or ending with incomplete projects.
4. Prioritize the Essentials
Once you have established a set budget, it’s time to prioritize. While the best part of an interior remodel is the design and finishes you select to help make the space your own, the most important part lies in fundamental elements. This would include the plumbing, electrical, structure, foundation, and any other foundational elements.
Put these items at the top of your list, making sure your budget has ample money to install quality electrical and plumbing elements. And prioritize expert carpentry. A well-built home will maintain your investment better and longer.
5. Find a Home Remodel Contractor
The most important part of a remodel is the workmanship. Once you know what you want in a home and how much you can spend, it’s time to find a trustworthy home remodeling contractor.
Take your time to research potential home remodeling companies. Look at the reviews of previous clients and ask the following questions:
- How long have you been in business?
- How many projects have you completed like mine?
- Are you licensed and insured?
- What does a timeline for this project look like?
- Can I see a sample contract?
- How do you resolve any disagreements?
- How can I get in contact with you?
6. Obtain Permits
Working with your city to obtain permits can sound intimidating. Without proper permitting, a project can be put on hold or can result in large fines. Luckily, if you are working with a certified and equipped contractor, they will help manage this step for you. And not every renovation project is going to require permitting. This will depend on the type of work being done.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
- Don’t simply hire the contractor with the lowest bid. Seek out quality over savings.
- Avoid unrealistic expectation. A remodel will take time and have contingencies. No homeowner or contractor can anticipate everything that will happen in a remodel.
- Don’t wait till the last minute to hire a contractor. Often, contractors’ schedules can be planned months in advice. Start asking about timelines long before you are completely ready to begin your project.
- Wait to purchase furniture until the remodel is complete. Buying furniture prematurely can be a waste of money as it may not fit in the new room properly or can impede the design.
- Keep from going the DIY route. While it may seem tempting to “save money,” the best investments are made with quality carpentry and craftsmanship. The DIY route can even cost you more down the road.
An Interior to Be Proud of
No matter the current state of your home, you can have the interior of your dreams. Our Lakeside Renovation & Design team understands how frustrating a lacking interior can be, so our team is ready to transform your home.
Our service department is focused on giving you a positive experience and we use only the highest quality material. Our carpentry and craftsmanship are top-notch so you receive only the best remodel. Schedule a free consultation to how we can update your home’s interior.