A home renovation can be exciting – especially when it’s a long-awaited task that’s going to net you exactly what you’ve wanted in your property. But, prior to getting started on any project, it’s important to factor in several considerations.
First, will what you are doing require any type of permitting? Typically, smaller changes won’t. However, when you get into bigger tasks such as room additions or alteration of the existing structure, you will need to check on whether or not you will require a permit to complete the work. The same holds true for various types of plumbing and electrical projects.
If you’re using a contractor to complete the work, it’s always wise to get more than just one bid. This is because costs can vary a great deal from one company to another. It should also go without saying that checking references is essential. Doing so could save you a lot of money and heartache in the long run.
Depending on the scope of your project, you may also have to decide whether or not you will remain in your home while the work is being completed. While packing up and “temporarily relocating” may seem like a hassle, oftentimes trying to live with loud and dusty work going on can be even more of a frustration. With that in mind, be sure to weigh out both options carefully.
You should also be sure to build in both a time and a financial “buffer.” For example, in many instances, renovation projects may take more time and resources than originally anticipated. This could be due to unexpected issues such as mold, broken water pipes, or even just a slow contractor. In any case, it’s always best to be prepared.
Regardless of the time and cost, though, once the job has been completed, you could be living in the home of your dreams – or, if your goal was to fix up and sell, you will be that much closer to getting your finished product on the market.
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