Buying a new home is exciting, but buying a home you intend to fix up is an even more involved adventure. Renovating your first home means you can make it into whatever you can dream up.
Though the adventure may be inviting, don’t rush into a renovation without doing your research. Start the process before you ever pick up a hammer, and read through this brief look at some quick tips to remember as you move through the renovation of your new home purchase.
Understand the order of renovation
There is no strict point A to point B instruction booklet for properly renovating your home, but there is an order to things. For example, you want to make sure you paint the walls before you lay new flooring to avoid any paint spots under your feet.
When it’s time to tear down walls, hire professional reno people to do the job. You don’t want to remove the wrong thing and compromise the structure of your home.
Once everything is stripped, work on plumbing, heating and air, wiring, and other internal elements before moving on. Once you are ready to close everything up, start working on plastering, painting, and flooring.
Work with a knowledgeable contractor
You need some good help to cover all the different jobs that need to be done to fully remodel your new home. You also need to be able to trust the contractor you choose to work on your home.
You can’t just settle for the first Google result you find. Talk to trusted friends, and network heavily to find a solid lead on a highly rated contractor in your area. Then, make sure you have a contract approved by your lawyer before laying down any signatures.
Be smart about your material sources
You’ll need a lot of different materials to remodel your home, which means you also have a lot of different opportunities to save money along the way. You can source your materials from many different places to better serve the budget.
Try looking for fixtures and other small highlights of the remodel at thrift stores and garage sales. Hit up the Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist for materials. You don’t have to pay top prices to get quality materials for your remodel.
Understand that it takes time
Before you ever begin the process of a home remodel, you need to prepare yourself for how long it could take to finish the job. A home remodel almost always takes longer than planned.
There should always be a contingency plan in the budget as well as the timeline. Make sure you’re covered on lodging if the remodel takes longer than you had initially planned.