When women are still young, even when they grow up, they dream of a house they want to live in. Some want it big, cozy, Victorian or modern. Sometimes the things you dream of might not turn out the way you want it to be if you don’t plan it ahead.
First, you have to visualize your dream home. You can sketch your ideas about your remodeled home. If you want to expand a room, think of how you will use the extra space. An unnecessary bigger room may overwhelm your home or will affect traffic patterns.
Second is to think ahead. You may want to have an additional space; it will not make sense if you’re planning to sell the house in a few years. A luxurious bathroom can price the value of your house beyond the values in your neighborhood. In addition, does it meet your family’s need in the future?
Third is count your money. Additional expenses are bound to happen. Although you want to that porcelain countertop, you have to canvass materials to know how much exactly you might spend.
Fourth is choosing the right team for the project. Make sure the people you work with are licensed, qualified, insured and you’re comfortable to work with.
Fifth is negotiating a contract. Things might go wrong sooner or later. Misunderstanding will arise and it’s best to have a written contract and make sure everyone agrees before you start working.
Sixth is getting a permit. A building permit assures that the remodeling meets local building codes and safety regulations. Generally contractors will do the paperwork but smalltime will not.
Finally you must be prepared that you’ll encounter problems along the way. You must always have a plan A to Z! The bigger the project the more disastrous it can get. There will be equipment breakdowns, shortage of supply, miscommunications and delay. Therefore you must have a few friendly rules to your contractors. Tell them where to park their trucks, what must and must not do. When things are becoming stressful, take a day off and go to a spa. You deserve it after a hard day from working.