Questions to ask yourself BEFORE undertaking a remodeling project

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Remodeling your home can be great fun, anticipating the new addition and how much of a difference it can make to your life but there are a few questions you need to ask yourself before embarking on any type of project.

Do you want to live in your home while you are remodeling?

Don’t underestimate the amount of aggravation living in the midst of all that dust and mess will cause.  Remodeling projects very rarely go complexity to plan and most take longer than anticipated.  Having a portion of your home taken out of action for months can be very wearing on you so think carefully if you want to live on site.

What about the facilities?

Not just talking about the bathroom situation, will it effect the use of the kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer even down to being able to watch the TV.  Do you have a contingency plan in place if these things are accessible?

How will you use the space?

Rather than just start with – ‘I want a new kitchen’ think for a moment about how you see yourself using that new space.  This will help you design the final floor layout – will you be eating most of your meals in here, for instance.  What about the future?  While you are in the planning stage try to consider future needs and plan accordingly.

Who will use the space?

Who exactly is likely to be using the new space the most?  Ask them what they want from it, are there any features that they would love that maybe you hadn’t considered?

What will the weather be like?

This may seem like a strange question to consider but the time of the year you remodel can create its own set of problems.  Here in sunny Florida if you re remodeling in the summer your house A/C will have to work overtime to keep the parts of the home you can use cool while you remodel and of course that all means extra bills to pay!

Do you have enough money to finish the project?

Not as silly a question as it seems.  Most projects will go over in both time and budget, many contractors will suggest a contingency fund of around 5-10% to help alleviate this.  But be careful when adding things onto the to do list, it can quickly add up, always ask yourself – do I really need it and can I afford it before agreeing to any alterations or additional expenditure.

Having said all that if you budget wisely and plan well your remodeling project should go smoothly and even if there are a few hiccups along the way you will be ready for them!

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