After spending more time at home the past few years, you may be ready to give your dwelling a refresh. A renovation can modernize your home and add more value.
Whether your renovation is big or small, it’s important to work with a professional remodeler and their industry partners. Working with an expert has many benefits. A remodeler can provide a wealth of experience, professional integrity and solve design challenges you may encounter during your renovation.
TOUR of Remodeled Homes
We encourage you to take advantage of the annual TOUR of Remodeled Homes…virtually and by visiting our open houses on Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27. The TOUR provides an opportunity to view renovations…as well as talk with professional remodelers and their industry partners. Find a list of open houses as well as links to virtual tours on the TOUR website.
To get started, you need to develop an idea of what you want to do with your home renovation. Write a prioritized list of your needs and wants. There are many sources to find design ideas for home remodeling projects…including the TOUR of Remodeled Homes. Look at magazines and websites and collect pictures of homes or remodeling projects you like. The more clearly you can envision the project and describe it on paper, the better prepared you will be in making decisions.
Think About How You Utilize Your Space
Think about traffic patterns, furniture size and placement, colors, lighting and how you expect to use the remodeled space. If your decision to remodel involves creating better access for someone with limited mobility, you may consider contacting a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist.
Consider Home Energy Efficiency
You may want to improve home efficiency and hiring a professional remodeler for green home remodeling is important. These projects may include replacing windows and doors, upgrading heating and cooling systems, adding insulation, and other updates to make the home more energy-efficient, easier to maintain, and more comfortable.
Think About Your Budget
Figure out how much money you have to spend on your home renovation, including furnishings, landscaping or any other cost you might incur. Talking with an experienced remodeler will provide insight into estimated expenses based on the proposed scope of work.
Customize to Fit Your Needs
Home remodeling frequently involves problem solving, such as maximizing existing space, strategically building additions or navigating limited budgets. Professional remodelers are there to help you manage such challenges and meet your needs while staying within budget.
Work with Qualified Professionals
Hiring a professional remodeler is the best way to ensure your project’s success. It is important to work with licensed general contractors, who will pull necessary permits, as well as work with other qualified trade contractors and industry professionals. Always ask your remodeler to provide proof of workers compensation and liability insurance. This protects you from liability in situations involving job site injuries or property damage resulting from the work being done on your home.
Search our online membership directory for a list of licensed general contractors, Remodelers Council members, and Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS).