The good thing about being an adult when you start your first home improvement project is that you decide which requirements you want your home to meet. This feeling can be really powerful. The bad thing is that when undertaking your first project you could screw up and waste your first big investment (and end up spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars to fix it).
You do not need to panic. Take a deep breath. Remember that the key to any home improvement project, regardless of its magnitude, is planning. So make sure you have a good cup of coffee, take sheets of paper and a pencil (or a Tablet) and get comfortable because we have some decisions to make.
What improvements should I make to my home?
Recently, the most popular home improvement projects in Texas have been improvements to kitchen, thermal insulation, new entry doors and renovations to bathrooms. Each of these projects has its own costs and repayment terms. For example, improvements to the kitchen are the most expensive, but are quickly amortized if you sell the house; on the other hand, improvements to thermal insulation can be an intermediate expense but reduce your energy costs immediately and also increase the attractiveness of your home when selling it.
Most people who own a home for the first time and who have been living in it for about five years or less do not always have many savings to undertake an expensive home improvement project. In this case, choose something smaller that improves the value of your house without you are left without a penny in the bank on your first project.
As an example, we will focus on improving a bathroom. Compared to other rooms in the house, the bathrooms are used a lot. But similar to the remodeling of the kitchen, the investment in improvements to the bathroom is recovered and are the most increase the value of your house.
Establish a budget
As we mentioned in our previous First things, the first big decision you need to make is how much you can afford. Bathroom improvements by a contractor can cost as much as $ 16,000 and up to $ 30,000, depending on what the project consists of. Having a clear idea of the budget at the time of the decision will help you reduce your renovation ideas and prevent you from spending too much.
Hire a Contractor or Do It Yourself?
Although doing a remodeling project yourself is incredibly stimulating, rewarding and (among the many a nightmare) VERY fun, you need to be really very sure of your knowledge and skills in the field. Completely dismantling one of those awful bathrooms from the early 1980s and installing new floors, bathroom furniture, tub / shower and faucets is not for everyone, so you might want to hire an experienced contractor . Having said that, the Internet is FULL of resources and advice sites that will help you to plan and carry out your project.
Have a clear plan
Not all home improvement projects are a great company, they can even be a simple repair. The important thing is that you first need to have good ideas and make plans about the appearance (and operation) of the improvements you want to make.
For projects that require a lot of work, you will need to take good measurements of the room. In the case of a bathroom, it is very important to do it at the beginning of the project (especially if you discover that the 48 “furniture you love will not fit in the 42” space you have).
Making a drawing of what you plan and noting the measurements also helps determine the amount of material you will need. You also need to decide whether to install new faucets, bathroom furniture and tubing, as well as new wiring for dampers, lamps and exhaust fans. Depending on where you live it may be that permits and inspections are required for this type of work.
Stick to your budget
With any home improvement project it’s easy to spend just a few extra dollars on some unplanned item or finish. This can turn out to be a problem when you realize that you are spending a few extra dollars on items that you have not considered so you will get over your budget.
Stick to your budget and keep your expenses within what you can afford. Also in the renovation or remodeling projects are made unfortunate discoveries of previous repairs that were not done well or some other problems. If you stay within your budget you will be in a better position to be able to pay for unforeseen problems.
Wait for mistakes
Many remodels take several days to complete and delays are common. Interestingly, some homeowners believe that the renovations will not affect their daily routine until they discover that they cannot use the bathroom toilet that is being renovated because the old one has already been discarded and the new one has not arrived.
When planning a home improvement project, always take a few minutes to list what might interfere with your daily routine. Then generate alternatives. It does not matter if you carry out the project yourself or if you pay a contractor, some projects can only cause minor problems and other very serious problems. The trick to surviving any disaster is to anticipate problems, expect delays, and consider them in your plan.