A Few Home Remodeling
By: Jeanette Joy
When you begin to think about remodeling your
home, it's easy to go overboard, tackle too much, or overspend.
However, if you follow a few basic home remodeling rules, you
can avoid those difficulties. Here are some things to think
about--even before you begin your remodeling
First, allow for the project to cost more
than you originally thought it would. Regardless of which room
you decide to remodel, you will typically find your ultimate
cost to be about 25 percent higher than your original estimate.
The same 25 percent figure also applies to the amount of time
it will take to complete the project.
For example, if you have decided to spend
$10,000 to remodel your kitchen and give yourself five weeks to
finish the job, you can generally expect to end up spending
about $12,500 and seven weeks on the project. There are no
hard-and-fast rules, but one thing experienced remodeling
professionals have learned--always expect the
Next, take your measurements carefully, and
do lots of research concerning the types of things that are
available on the market to help you accomplish your remodeling
goal. Go to your home improvement store and get test paint
color samples. You can generally also obtain test samples of
flooring materials such as carpet or hardwood flooring. Don't
be afraid to ask your retailer for samples. They expect it, and
are generally happy to supply them. They want you to be
happy--and you don't want to make an expensive mistake by
choosing the wrong materials. Ask your home improvement
professionals for their input, as well. They will normally be
aware of the latest developments in whatever field of
remodeling you're going to tackle. Again, that?s their job, and
they will be happy to help.
Third, once you've decided on your main
components, don't forget to spend time on the small things, as
well. It's easy to get caught up in deciding upon big ticket
items, but it's often the interior design details, like trim,
accent colors, and hardware that really make a remodeling
project come to life.
Fourth, don't be too hard on yourself.
Remember, remodeling is a sort of organic process, in which
you're going to make mistakes, you're going to change your mind
and do things somewhat differently than you had originally
planned, and you're going to run into things that you hadn't
anticipated. That's all part of the remodeling game, so just
roll with it.
Finally, try to use the best quality of
materials you can afford. If you're planning to be in your home
for awhile, you're going to be living with the materials and
hardware you use in your remodel, so you want them to be as
nice as you can. It's not worth it to sacrifice your future
enjoyment of the materials by skimping on quality during the
remodeling job. Cheaper products also generally have a shorter
lifespan, so they may actually end up costing more in the long
run, once you have to replace them again.
Overall, remodeling can be a rewarding
experience, if you just follow a few simple rules and use
common sense along the way.
Copyright ? 2006 Jeanette J.
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