Quality home improvements can add to your home’s value, but that’s not the only reason to consider renovating a home. Many homeowners do home improvement projects regularly simply because these projects add to the enjoyment of living in their homes.
Depending on the difficulty of the job and the amount of DIY experience the homeowner has, most do-it-yourselfers know that reliable home improvement goals can be a giant pain in the you-know-what. From budget issues, to time restraints, to unforeseen issues that were not factored in to the original plan, these projects can become stressful. But they don’t have to be.
Here are a few ways to help your home improvement projects runs smoothly:
- Know Your Budget
No matter how big your budget is for renovating a home, there never seems to be enough money to go around. So, before you go busting out your cabinets for a kitchen remodel, set down a strict budget to adhere to. To get a good idea of the budget you will need, contact reputable contractors to get estimates of the time and cost before you start. Get estimates from several contractors to find a median cost for the project. Typical bathroom remodel costs hover around $10,000 alone.
If you will be doing these home improvement projects yourself, be sure to include the cost of tool rentals in your budget if you don’t have certain tools available to use for free. Failing to add tool and equipment rentals to a budget can quickly cost you hundreds of dollars that you didn’t plan to account for.
- Get the Right Permits
Something that can break a budget really fast is failing to acquire all of the necessary permits needed for home improvement projects. Whether you are building a simple wall to divide a space in your home, or you are planning on doing massive, quality home improvements, chances are you are going to need a permit or two.
Ensure that you have all of the necessary approvals and permits from all necessary governing agencies before you start renovating a home. If you live in an HOA neighborhood, notify the proper representatives of any property or architectural changes that you are planning to make if the HOA board needs to approve these changes.
Also, be sure to check that your home renovation contractor has all the appropriate permits they they might need as well.
- Plan for the Unexpected
Unexpected things come up in life. It is often an unavoidable situation with many projects creating quality home improvements. Put some wiggle room in your budget for unexpected issues such as plumbing problems, much needed electrical updates, having to stay a night or two in a hotel room, etc.
You will feel a lot less stress knowing that there is a bit of cushion added into your budget, rather than biting your nails during the entire project knowing that there is no money to spare.
If you get caught without your I’s’ dotted and T’s’ crossed before you begin making quality home improvements, you could be stuck with half-finished home improvement projects, a stack of fines, and a busted budget. Plan first and avoid the headache.