A home renovation can range from putting in a new spa to building out a master bedroom to building stairs for a deck. It all depends on the budget, the home, and the homeowner’s dream for a house that really works for them. Many homeowners choose to renovate their home rather than moving to a new place, as renovating may be a more financially sound move, and it’s a change that doesn’t involve leaving a good neighborhood.
What’s involved in a home renovation? The first step is for the homeowner to study ideas in home design magazines and websites to get a sense of how some renovation ideas would look in their own home. Once some good ideas have been established, it’s wise to start thinking about bringing in a general contractor.
The Work of a General Contractor
A general contractor will have experience in construction and planning. They can help the homeowner create a plan for the renovation and review the practicality of certain ideas. Some ideas may need to be adjusted in order to bring the project in on budget, and the contractor will be able to offer suggestions for various ways to accomplish remodeling details, and see which one seems most sound for the homeowner’s specific project.
Finding a Great Contractor
In years past it could be hard to find a good contractor if a homeowner wasn’t in the construction business. Today however, the search can be much easier, as there are now some great resources online for locating contractors. Several quality websites are available that offer listings of local contractors, along with samples of their past work and client referrals. These listings can be reviewed by the homeowner, and when some good candidates are found, phone consultations can be arranged.
A free phone consultation gives the homeowner a chance to discuss the project and get a sense of how the project can all come together. Once the right person is found, an agreement can be drawn up, and the real planning can begin.
Yes, remodeling a home is a big project, but done well, it can be an enormously rewarding undertaking. So let the planning begin!