The Basics of Remodeling
You need to know the basics of remodeling if you’re considering remodeling your home, and you’re likely to have a lot of questions. What can I afford? Do I need a permit? What kind of materials should I use? Remodeling your home can be a big undertaking – but it’s also a great way to add value to your property and make it more comfortable for you and your family. There are many things to consider before starting your project, so we’ve put together this handy guide to help you out.
Determine Your Budget
The first step is to determine your budget. How much money can you afford to spend on your remodel? Keep in mind that you may need to budget for both the cost of materials and labor.
If you’re on a tight budget, consider projects that don’t require a permit.
Ideas Based on Budget
Under $5,000 – If your budget is up to $5,000 try painting the interior of your home. This can freshen up any room and disguise imperfections in the walls or flooring. You may also want to install new baseboard moldings throughout your home.
Under $10,000 – If you have between $5,000 and $10,000 you may want to try installing laminate wood flooring in one or two rooms. Laminate is relatively inexpensive but looks great when installed properly. You can even choose or not to install matching quarter-round moldings at the base of the walls.
Installation is easy and you won’t need any permits. You can save money by buying underlayment and flooring at a local home improvement store instead of hiring a contractor to do it for you.
$10,000 – $15,000 – If your budget allows for more than $10,000 but less than $20,000 you may want to consider installing luxury vinyl tile (LVT) or ceramic tile flooring. Either option will require permits but they look fantastic when installed properly and add instant value to your home.
If you have between $15,000 and $20,000 you may want to consider having new laminate countertops installed in up to two rooms. Laminate is a less expensive option than granite or marble, but it still looks great and is easy to care for.
$20,000 – $30,000 – If you have a budget of between $20,000 and $30,000 you could consider a complete kitchen remodel. This would include new cabinets, appliances, countertops, flooring, and backsplash. You could also add a new bathroom or upgrade your current one.
Any amount over $30,000 – If you have more than $30,000 to spend on your remodel you can pretty much do anything you want! You could add an addition to your home, update all the bathrooms, or even your garage into a living space.
Get a Permit
Some remodeling projects require a permit. Make sure to check with your local municipality to see if you need one.
There are many factors to consider when planning a renovation. You can save yourself a lot of time and money if you know what you’re getting into before starting your project!
Choose Your Materials
The type of materials you choose for your remodel will have a big impact on the final look of your home. You’ll need to decide what kind of style you want and then find materials that match that style. You’ll also need to consider the climate in your area and how the materials will hold up over time.
Some materials, like vinyl flooring and laminate countertops, are very affordable and easy to care for. They’re a good option if you’re on a tight budget or don’t want to worry about upkeep.
Other materials, like ceramic tile and marble, can be more expensive but they add an instant touch of luxury to your home. They’re also more durable and can withstand everyday wear and tear.
Hire a Contractor
If you’re not comfortable doing the work yourself, you’ll need to hire a contractor. Make sure to interview several contractors and get references before making a decision. Be sure to get a written contract specifying the work that will be done, the cost of materials and labor, a schedule for the project, and a timeline for paying.
Be sure to ask these questions before signing a contract:
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you have any references I can contact?
- How will the project be managed?
- Will my project manager be on-site each day, or will they pass me off to different workers who I won’t know?
- What type of warranty do you offer on the work completed?
- How long is it good for and what does it cover?
- What’s your payment policy – when will I receive an invoice, how much time do I have to make payments, and what happens if I go past my deadline?
Get Ready for the Mess
No matter how efficient or clean you are, a remodel is going to be messy! The construction crew will make quite a mess before your project is through, but don’t worry it won’t last forever.
Contact Sandstone Builders
If you’re looking for a quality contractor to help with your home remodel, look no further than Sandstone Builders! We’ve been in business for over 25 years and have a team of experienced professionals who will make sure your project is done right, on time, and on budget.