The Steps to a Home Remodeling Project

Embarking on a home remodeling project? The process may seem daunting, but with some step-by-step planning in place, you can create a smooth transformation for your home. 

Here’s how to plan your home makeover.

Define Your Project Scope

Make a list of the things you want to change or update in your home. Be as specific as possible, detailing the changes for each room and the materials you envision. Remember to consider the practical aspects, such as plumbing and electrical work, along with the aesthetic ones.

Your defined project scope will serve as a blueprint guiding your decisions and actions throughout the remodeling process.

Hire a Remodeling Contractor

Choose a dedicated remodeling contractor who is licensed, insured and has a strong portfolio. Schedule a consultation to share your desired project scope and give them a chance to walk through your space. 

Then you’ll be ready to work out key details and a plan of attack for your project. 

Develop a Detailed Plan and Timeline

When you and your contractor begin to map out the plans for your home remodeling project, make sure to bring your planner with you. 

  • Start by identifying key milestones based on your project’s scope. These might include design approval, permit acquisition, demolition start and specific installation or construction phases.
  • Ask your contractor to help estimate the duration for each phase of the project. Their expertise and experience are invaluable in providing realistic timeframes.
  • Understand which tasks must precede others and arrange them in logical order. For instance, you can’t install new cabinets until old ones are removed, and painting should generally be one of the last tasks.
  • Include buffer time for unexpected delays due to weather, order delays or unanticipated construction issues. A rule of thumb is to add 10-20% extra time to your contractor’s estimate.

Prepare Your Home

Before the work commences, your home needs to be prepped. This might include moving furniture, covering floors and removing personal items from the work area. Make sure to communicate with your contractor about what needs to be done/moved before the work begins to avoid damage to your belongings and to expedite the project.

Start the Remodeling Project

Once everything is prepped, plans are in place, contracts are signed and your contractor is ready to start, the time has come to start the project. Make sure to communicate regularly with your contractor to ensure everything is progressing according to plan, and address any problems or concerns as soon as they arise to prevent delays.

Inspect and Approve the Finished Work

Once everything is complete, it needs to be checked and given your seal of approval. Inspect the work and make sure it meets your expectations. Walk through the space with your contractor and make a list of any final touch-ups or adjustments that need to be made. 

Once the finished work meets your satisfaction, the job is done and your newly made-over house is ready to be called home again.

Give Your Home a House Lift

From small projects to whole house remodels, House Lift has partnered with more than 1,500 Twin Cities homeowners since 1991 to transform their homes.

Our project development process keeps you in the driver’s seat, every step of the way. Contact House Lift today to begin the journey. 

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