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How Do I Remodel My Whole House?


Remodeling your whole house can be an exciting, yet daunting task. It is important to take the time to research and plan every step of the process to make sure you get the results you want without overspending or running into any surprises down the line. In this article, we give you tips on how to remodel your entire house from start to finish – from creating a budget and timeline, to choosing materials and contractors – so that you can enjoy a successful remodel with minimal stress!


Whole-House Home Remodeling Basics

Renovation of a whole house is quite a different matter. It doesn’t begin with pulling up the carpet — or it shouldn’t. It should start with real-world realizations about this project’s size, and committed planning.


Consider These Seven Points Before Picking Up That Hammer Or Calling The Contractor.


1. Decide To Do It Yourself Or Hire Professionals

You will either hire out the work to professionals, do it yourself or some combination of the two.

Since this is a house-wide renovation, you probably won’t do all the work yourself. For projects like plumbing and electrical, even the most determined homeowner will have to call in a professional.

Professionals range from costly contractors through word-of-mouth or through classified ads to sub-contractors and handymen you find. Because not all home improvement projects are created in equal measure, you may want to decide on a case-by-case basis whether you are willing to take on the home renovation project yourself or whether you would like to hire professionals.

Nonetheless, it is important to know that one way in contractor-driven remodels to cut costs is to take on some of the projects yourself. Contractors aren’t especially fond of using subs other than their “own people,” but if that “other person” is you and your piece doesn’t hinder the progress of the remodel, he should be comfortable (suggestion: save your piece for the last, such as painting the kitchen).


2. Formulate A Plan For Funding Your Project

Your project to remodel your home will cost you more than you care to know. So, it’s best to consider a variety of funding options. Your funding options will vary from basic sweat equity to conventional house equity loan.


3. Consider The Resale Value

Most American homeowners today sell their homes at least once. The days of homeowners riding their 30-year mortgage to the end are gone. You ‘re not only renovating your home for yourself, but also for potential buyers.


4. Become Comfortable With Managing Contractors And Work Crews

Despite your rock-solid decision to do all of that yourself, you will eventually find yourself recruiting others to support your plans. You’ll need to learn how to handle the crews at work.


5. Develop Plan For Saving On Remodeling Costs

From designer fees, commissions from the builders, and credit cards from The Home Depot: home remodeling seems designed to empty your piggy bank as quickly as possible. But there are tried and tested ways to save on the cost of home remodeling, from kitchen to bathroom to everything.


6. Think Ahead To Permit And Zoning Issues

Construction permits take a notoriously long time to get approved. It does not take more than a few days to receive electrical permits and demolition or fences, but large-scale projects requiring zoning, such as constructing a home extension, may take several weeks or months.


7. Take Safety And Cleanliness Seriously

Before you sand down the 80-year-old hand-railing, it is important to remember issues like lead-based paint. Avoiding mess when painting the interior of your home is just as important as having a strategy to keep the dust out of clean areas of your home.

Now that we’ve gone over the basics of how to remodel your house, it’s time to get started! If you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember that you can always hire a professional to help you out. And be sure to check back here for more tips and tricks on home improvement. Thanks for reading!

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