Full home renovation is a major undertaking. It can seem like a simple enough project on the surface, and even when you first start, but all it takes is one unforeseen circumstance and the project becomes more than you bargained for. Sometimes, renovations happen because you thought it was a good idea to just go ahead and refinish your hardwood floors. Then three months and two walls later, your project has become far more than floors.
Not having your full house renovation unfold in one of these ways takes a lot of planning on your part. Respect the project for what it is and be honest with yourself about your own limitations. Limitations in time and certainly limitations in your budget.
Should I Do a Full Home Renovation?
This is the first question that you should ask yourself. It will take a lot of time, money and elbow grease to do a full home renovation. Even if you hire a renovation contractor, renovating your entire house will likely mean displacing your household for some time.
Beyond the basic logistical questions, you have to consider your budget. It is no fun trying to haggle and get your dream home done on a shoestring budget. You will need to have the money to pay for all of the features that you want. Inn addition, you need to consider the very real possibility that other things may creep into your expenses. Sometimes a busted line, a cracked foundation or some other unforeseen surprise simply can’t be avoided. This will cause you to incur additional costs to complete your project.
Once you have the logistics and budget figured out, you can consider if a full home renovation is worth it. This will depend a lot on what you are hoping to get out of your renovations. If you intend to stay in your home for more than the next five years, your renovations should center around improving your quality of life and meeting your household’s particular needs. However, if you intend to relocate or think that is a real possibility in the next five years, then you should be renovating with an eye on improving the resale value of your home.
If you are looking to improve the resale value of your home, you should be very careful in the projects that you choose. In this case, it may be better for you to do several smaller home renovations that are specifically targeted to areas that increase property value.
Should I Hire Professional Contractors for My Home Renovation?
If you have the skill set and tools necessary you might want to consider taking on a small home renovation project DIY style. However, if you are considering doing a full home renovation, you absolutely will need to hire professional contractors. In fact, in most cases the electrical and plumbing work alone require a licensed professional.
For a full home renovation to run smoothly, you will need a home renovation contractor who can oversee the process. They will also make sure to keep the job on time and under budget. You will also find it highly beneficial to have a knowledgeable contractor who can help you with the ins and outs of filing permits. Additionally, they will know reputable and trustworthy subcontractors who can work on your job and they have the experience to handle any problems that should happen to arise.