Are you ready to finally remodel your home but don’t know where to start?
Knowing where to start is difficult. When remodeling your home, you should have a clear plan laid out to avoid as many mistakes as possible along with knowing what to expect in the following weeks. Your house should remain functional to some extent so that you may not be too uncomfortable while contractors remodel your home.
Here are some tips to help you decide which part of the house you should remodel first to avoid rendering your home unsafe for use.
Talk to Your Contractor
Open and direct communication is the key to a perfect remodeling experience. Communication gaps lead to misunderstandings and unsatisfying outcomes for either party. The decisions regarding the remodeling plan will be based on consensus. The contractor will provide their professional experience, while you provide them with your requirements and individual needs. Only then can a proper remodeling plan be formed.
Personal Choices and Questions to Ask Yourself
Every house is different, with a unique floor plan and remodeling needs. It is difficult to say which part of the house to remodel first because it depends on your functionality, expectations, and budget. However, here are some questions that you can ask yourself which might help you make the right decision:
1. What are My Priorities?
Get urgent work out first. For example, is something in the kitchen or bathroom broken? Is there anything making them dysfunctional? Perhaps you should start there and then slowly move on to the next part of the house. The urgency and importance of the remodeling should help guide you where to start.
2. What is the Budget?
Remodeling a house isn’t cheap, and the budget may surprise you, especially if this is your first experience. Go for the part of the house that is the most important to you and work your way down the priority list. This way, if you run out of budget, you don’t feel too sorry for the leftover modeling projects you had planned.
3. What Will Be Done the Quickest?
It might be wise to start with the parts of the house that need the least amount of work so that you can quickly move on to other rooms. Every room will require a different amount of work based on the frequency of its use and the upgrade it needs. If you start with the toughest room, you will be stuck on remodeling that room for months. Demolition, wiring, plumbing, flooring are some steps of remodeling that take up a lot of time.
4. What Can I Do Myself?
You might consider doing easy DIY projects before hiring a contractor. Remodeling is fun for the entire family. If some rooms only require painting, you can buy a fresh hue from the local hardware store and get to work yourself!
5. What Permits do You Need?
Remodeling some parts of the house, such as the porch, may need a permit. Start with the parts that don’t require a permit so that the work can get underway sooner while the contractor fetches the permits for you.