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June 7, 2014 / patrickbelhon

Successful Home Remodeling Projects Start with a Plan

Get it All Together before You Tear it All Apart

It is always a good idea to put some thought into any changes you want to make to your home. The time you spend planning is usually proportionate to the size and cost of the project. If you are contemplating a small do-it-yourself project like painting your bedroom walls or installing a new kitchen faucet, you don’t have to think about it too long. All you need to do is pick out some paint, or choose a plumbing fixture. After that, it is just a matter of using a few hours of your spare time to complete the job. Deciding to do a major home remodeling project is a lot different than painting walls or installing a new faucet.

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Suppose you decide that you no longer want to live with your small, outdated kitchen. In order to give yourself the space you need, you’ll have to knock-out a wall and reroute the plumbing. Such a job is beyond the scope of most homeowner’s skills and capabilities. If you are planning to tear up the floors, tear down the cabinets, and build a new wall, you should also plan to hire professionals who will do the job properly. Don’t try to save some money by asking your willing, but inexperienced friends to help you do the project. Trying to do a complicated on the cheap often winds up costing you more.

Remodeling Costs Around San Diego

The price of doing a remodeling project can cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. Labor, materials and building permits are just some of the variables that determine cost. The 2014 Hanley-Wood Cost vs. Value Report shows national and regional averages for different types of remodeling projects. The Report shows both the cost to do the job and the resale value added to your home. Take a look at the national average for some mid-range home remodeling project.

• A major kitchen remodel will cost you $54,909 and you are likely to recoup 74.2% of the cost when you sell.
• Adding a family room will set you back $80,765 and you are likely to recoup 68.8% of the cost when you sell.
• A bathroom remodel will average $16,128 and you are likely to recoup about 72.5% of the cost when you sell.

The best way to avoid frustration, disappointment, and results that don’t live up to expectations, is to take a methodical step-by-step approach to your major home remodeling project.

Hire Experts to Help you Create a Solid Plan in La Jolla

An interior designer or architect can help turn those ideas swirling around your head into a concrete plan that will work. Before you start knocking down any walls or go out and buy new flooring, hire an experienced professional. An architect or structural engineer should be consulted if you are going to build an addition or knock down any walls. If your project is not going to involve the existing structure, a good interior designer can help you create the new look that you want. Sometimes it is necessary to hire both an architect and a designer.

If you are only making minor changes to the interior of your home, you probably will not need to go through the permitting process or have an official inspection. If you are building an addition to your house or making substantial changes to the structure, you will need to get permits and have the work inspected.

Thanks to the fabulous software programs that are available today, an interior designer can show you exactly how your newly designed bathroom or other home improvement project will look when it is completed. They can show you different options so you can decide on the best way to make use of the available space.

Putting the Plan Together

Once you have consulted with your designer or architect, they will take the next step and put together a plan for how the work will be done and when it is expected to be completed. There are always a number of steps to follow and each step takes time. It takes time to prepare the area where the work will be done. You may have to tear up an old floor, remove an old tub or sand the walls. Depending on the project, you may have to apply for permits before work can get started. It may take several weeks, or even longer to get the necessary permits to do the job legally.

A good plan will have a timetable where you can track the progress of the job. If, for instance, the job is expected to take a month, you should know what needs to be done in the first week to stay on schedule. In the real world, there are always a few unexpected issues that come up. If the cabinets don’t arrive on the day they were supposed to arrive, that can delay the progress of the work being done in the kitchen. Your contractor could get into a car accident and not be able to come back to work for three days. Even with the most professional design team and contractors, you should always anticipate the job taking a little longer than planned.

Hiring Contractors in La Jolla

It is important to hire reliable contractors that have experience in the type of work you need done. A carpenter does not do electrical work and an electrician does not lay tile floors. Interview several candidates before you make a hiring decision. Don’t be afraid to ask for references and an estimate of the cost to complete the job.

Stay Out of the Way While the Job is Being Done

You should never be breathing down the neck of your contractors. Allow them to do the work they are being paid to do. It is okay to periodically check on the progress, but don’t make suggestions on the way they are applying grout or hammering a nail. If you stay out of the way, the job will go much faster and the job will be completed in a more timely manner.

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  1. Jane Carter / Jun 13 2014 5:25 pm

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