In Improving America’s Housing 2019, Harvard reports the home remodelling market to be worth $450 billion.
Anyone who has ever been through a home remodelling project knows that it always ends up taking longer and costing more than expected. We gathered our top tips for planning your renovation that you can be as prepared as possible.
- Choose a contractor with excellent communication – Communication should be your most important decision factor when choosing a contractor. Imagine you taking a day off work to welcome your new contractor. You agree to that they will arrive at your home at 10:00am that day. It’s 10:30am and they haven’t appeared. They haven’t called or texted you. You have tried calling multiple times, and there is no answer, and now an hour has passed. Yikes!
- Focus on value rather than cost – Home remodelling expenditures appear to be increasing more than ever before. This is likely due to the fact that home owners are willing to invest in the best service and experience they can find. You want to find someone who is punctual, skilled, experienced, and hard-working. These qualities will save you from unnecessary headaches and should be more important to you than getting the cheapest quote.
- Read reviews on contractors – Not all contractors come equal. Be sure to review their portfolio and reviews so that you can choose someone with a reputation for quality, excellence, and care. Melissa Alesi found herself in a nightmare of a home renovation after the contractor had not only failed to meet her requirements, but also left her with a mess to clean up. Had she chosen someone with a proven track record rather than her first Google Search, she could have found someone who would have delivered a beautiful end result, right from the start.
- Expect there to be dust – If you are allergic, be sure to stock up on your medicine and dust masks! It will be virtually impossible to clean up while the renovation is in progress. You will have to bear with a lot of dust, but it will be worth it in the end!
- Store everything in sealed boxes and bags – This will protect your belongings from dust and accidental damages. You also want to give your contractor a clean and tidy workspace so that they can work as efficiently and effectively as possible. Contracting requires physical labour and time, which will go directly to your invoice. Clear out the clutter and remove anything that can slow down your renovation.
- Communicate with your contractor – This ties back to the first point, as communication must take place in both directions. You cannot expect your contractor to know exactly what you want unless you have explained it to them in detail, and shown photos or examples, if possible. As much detail as possible will give your contractor a better understanding of exactly how you want your home to end up.
If you are looking for a reputable and experienced home contractor, we highly recommend Inspired Remodels.
21098 Bake Pkwy
Lake Forest, CA 92630