Renovating your home into your dream home is an exciting time. If you’re planning a home remodel, you’re probably eager to get it finished as quickly as possible. But rushing through a remodel without covering all your bases can be costly, time-consuming, and even dangerous.
These home remodeling tips and tricks will not only keep you and your family safe during a remodel, but they’ll also help you save precious time and money.
☑ DO check to see if you need a permit.
Imagine how frustrating (and expensive!) it would be if you tackled a huge remodeling project only to find out after you finished that you needed a permit from your city to do it.
You can avoid this costly mistake by checking to see if your city or county requires a permit for your upcoming renovation. While requirements vary from city to city, as a general rule, you’ll need a permit for major things such as structural changes to your home, building decks or fences, and installing new electrical or HVAC systems. Minor remodels, like new flooring or paint or swapping out dated fixtures and appliances, will not require a permit.
☑ DO have a budget in mind.
Houzz’s Houzz and Home survey found the biggest challenge for homeowners during a remodel was staying on budget. Despite that, it’s still a good idea to set a budget. Knowing upfront how much things will cost can help remove some of the stress of a remodel.
Once you have identified a general amount you want to spend, keep track of it. And don’t forget to budget for unexpected expenses or overages; experts recommend having a cushion of 10 to 20 percent of your budget for these unexpected expenses.