Every homeowner from Woodinville to Issaquah deserves to live in a place they love. Sometimes that means adding a few details to make the space your own, but other times it means doing a whole home remodel.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed when you think of all the scheduling, building, and financial decisions in your future. Fortunately, we at Seattle Style Remodel are here to help. In this article, we’ll break down the whole home remodel process and tell you how to get started.
Here’s what you need to know to get started with your whole-home remodel.
1. Ask yourself whether you want a DIY project or professional contractors
Before you get started, you should decide how much of the work you’re going to do yourself.
If you’re doing a whole-house renovation, you probably won’t be doing everything as a DIY project. You will likely need at least some professional help with plumbing and electrical projects, and you might not have the time or expertise to do everything else yourself.
However, you also may not want to cede the entire project to the contractor. If you enjoy working on DIY projects or want to save money, you might choose to do part of your home remodel yourself.
Decide how much of the project you’re willing to take on yourself so you know what kind of expertise you will need to help with the rest.
2. Contact the right contractors for your remodeling project
The best contractor for your Eastside home remodel will depend on the focus of your remodel. Some contractors specialize in certain types of projects, like kitchens or bathrooms, while others have well-rounded experience with whole home remodels. Check the remodeling contractor’s portfolio to see if they’ve done any projects similar to yours.
Look for someone who is willing to provide references and has the proper certifications to work in the Greater Seattle area. It’s a good idea to check with your city government to find out what additional licenses or insurance your remodel contractor should have.
3. Create a home remodeling budget
Any home remodeling project is likely to be costly. Before beginning a whole home remodel project (or any other major remodel), consider how you will fund it.
Common funding choices include home equity loans, Home Improvement Program (HIP) loans from the government, short term savings, and sweat equity (i.e. getting free help from yourself, your family, and some able-bodied friends.)
Whatever method you choose to finance your whole home remodel, make sure to allow a little bit of room in your budget for unknowns. Unexpected challenges can come up for even the most experienced, knowledgeable home remodelers. We recommend building up a 20 percent cushion in your budget to cover any nasty surprises.
4. Consider your return on investment
Most homeowners in America will sell their house. Even if you think you’re going to stay in your home for the next 30 years, you never know what the future might hold.
Make sure to consider how different parts of your whole home remodel could add to the resale value of your house. Garage door replacements, stone veneers, and modern kitchen upgrades for improved functionality are surefire upgrades to help you recoup your costs down the road.
5. Prepare yourself to be organized and available throughout the home remodeling process
No matter what kind of remodeling project you have, you will almost certainly need to hire a professional to help with at least part of it. You will need to stay organized and available for decision-making to ensure everyone you hire knows how to effectively meet your needs.
You likely have strong ideas about how you want your remodeled home to appear and feel. Make sure your voice is heard by being present for as much of the whole home remodeling process as possible.
6. Look for deals to help you save during your whole home remodel
Some homeowners choose to use credit cards to help pay the cost of home improvement. Credit card rewards points can help you buy home-related items, and a 0% APR period may allow you to spread the cost of a remodel over multiple payment periods without shocking your budget.
Another option to consider is using a store credit card to make purchases for your home remodel. Home improvement stores may offer discounts or special offers if you use their credit cards.
Be careful of credit card interest rates. Deferred interest may sound like a great idea, but if you haven’t paid your balance by the time the deferred interest period ends, you may owe a large sum. If possible, pay with savings to avoid hefty interest payments.
7. Develop a plan to keep your house clean and family safe during your home remodel
Construction is not known for being a perfectly safe activity. In addition to taking proper safety precautions on ladders or in unfinished areas, try to keep dust from invading clean parts of your home to ensure good air quality. You should make a plan to clean up dust and other health hazards as soon as possible throughout your whole home remodel.
Consider whether there could be mold, asbestos, or lead paint inside your home. Older homes are more likely to contain hazardous substances that require special precautions when remodeling.
Get your Eastside home remodel started with Seattle Style Remodel
Does your house need upgrades to work with modern appliances or more space for your growing family? Do you prefer a wildly different interior design from the previous owner? No matter what your remodeling needs are, everything can be fixed with the help of an experienced remodeling contractor.
We at Seattle Style Remodel can help with everything from kitchens and bathrooms to outdoor living spaces and backyard cottages. Located in Redmond, WA, SSR has over 75 years of experience helping local homeowners create the home of their dreams. Contact us today to design and remodel a home you love.