Remodeling your house can certainly be an exciting time, especially if it’s something you’ve wanted to do for a while. There are so many options for you to choose from, and the process really does allow you to create your dream home.
However, it’s not always best to rush into things. Some modifications and improvements are extensive, and you’ll need to ensure you’ve thought everything through before grabbing your tools.
Below we are going to discuss ten questions that you should ask yourself before remodeling your home.
Let’s get started.
What are my goals?
The first thing you need to consider before starting your renovation journey is your initial goals. We all have different reasons for making changes, and yours will impact how you handle and plan the entire situation.
For instance, you may want to make practical improvements and investments such as different types of solar panels that will cut down your energy bills long-term. On the other hand, you may want to put your finances into something that will increase the value quickly and cheaply, such as a fresh paint job.
What is my budget?
Everybody needs a budget for home improvements. The fact is things can get expensive very quickly, and while you might think that you can predict the cost, unexpected circumstances can lead to additional fees.
Always set yourself a limit and be sure to research so that you can get a close estimate. You don’t want to put your financial health at risk and should only fix what you can afford.
What are my needs and wants?
As much as we would love to rip apart our home and have everything our hearts desire, it’s essential to be practical with your decision-making. List both of your needs and wants and choose what will fit within your budget.
For example, an extra bathroom or walk-in wardrobe may be more important than a backyard pool or gaming room. Remember, just because you can’t install it now doesn’t mean it can’t be a future remodel.
Is the home worth renovating?
As difficult as it may be to hear, not every home is worth renovating. In some cases, the cost of the remodels you want to do just simply can’t be justified.
There may even be certain dangers, such as pests and hazardous materials, that will make the process too overwhelming. It could be better to consider selling and looking for another home that suits your requirements without the hard work.
Do I have a time frame?
Another vital thing to note is how long each renovation will take. While some smaller jobs can be done in just a weekend, others could go on for months, especially if the weather decides to act up.
Instead of taking on multiple improvements at once, it might be wise to space them out so that your entire home isn’t a construction zone. That being said, it does depend on your situation and how quickly you need everything done.
Am I prepared to DIY?
DIY can be a great way to save some extra cash during your remodel. However, that doesn’t mean you should try and do everything yourself.
Know your limits and understand what projects you can and can’t complete. The last thing you want is to end up causing so much damage that you need to pay for a professional anyway.
Not sure how to set your own boundaries? You can read more about times you shouldn’t DIY an improvement here.
What professionals are in my area?
For things that you don’t do yourself, hiring the right professionals for the job is critical. While you may try and book in with the first contractors that have availability, this isn’t always the best decision to make.
If you’re going to have people in your home, you want them to be reputable and trustworthy. Therefore, it’s a good idea to read some reviews, gather quotes and ask around before making your final choice.
Will I require alternative living arrangements?
As we previously mentioned, some home improvements can take a long time to complete. If you’re going to be making rather extensive changes, there could be circumstances where you will require alternative living arrangements.
How much is this going to cost? Is it something you can afford? How long will you be out of your home? Do you have family and friends that may be able to help you out? These are all important questions to consider before it’s too late.
What are my preferences?
Everybody has their preferences, so before you start pulling out your tools, look into the designs and color schemes that take your fancy. Remember, you should aim to keep the appearance consistent throughout, but there are other factors to consider too.
When choosing certain materials, it’s best to opt for function and practicality over luxury. For example, wooden floorboards or tiles are easier to clean than carpet. Prices can also significantly vary, and you may be able to find something more suited to your budget with some extra research.
Do I have enough storage?
Finally, and probably one of the most important things you don’t want to forget is if you have enough storage. The fact is, while all of those extra additions are great, you want to be able to keep your belongings organized.
We aren’t just talking about your clothing and wardrobe either. Consider where you will store your pet food, laundry detergent, and other random knick-knacks.
Everything should have a place if you want to keep your home as tidy as possible. Trust us when we say it really will make life easier.
As you can see from the above, there are many questions that you should ask yourself before you choose to remodel your home. However, don’t feel disheartened if you’re unhappy with your answers. Just because you may not be in the right situation now doesn’t mean you won’t be in the near future.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.