Have you ever looked around at your home and thought that it would be nice to make some permanent adjustments? Maybe you want your bathroom to be larger or have great flooring and granite countertops for your kitchen. Perhaps you want to extend your master bedroom and even include an on-suite!
While all these dreams about renovating one’s house can be pretty exciting, the process can be mind-boggling, and you might not even know where to start if you’re serious about renovating. Even though the people on television make it look so easy, there’s plenty of time and editing that goes into the process when we watch our favorite home shows.
If you’re seriously considering renovations or just want to know what to expect, check out this easy 10-step guide to fixing up your house!
Step 1: Scope the Project – Consider the renovations you want to make to your home. What all does that entail? Is your reasoning for renovations worth the expense and interruption? If so, begin planning the renovation project carefully, and think about how much you want the professionals to do.
Step 2: Straighten Up Your Finances – Once your ideas are all drawn up, you need to work out a budget and figure out how much money you’ll need to borrow. Ask your bank or other lending agency to help arrange a mortgage, and review your budget.
Step 3: Choose the Designer – Now it’s time to scout out and talk to designers! There are several types of designers out there, so be sure to do some research and find out which kind will work the best for your needs. Talk to a few candidates and make your choice. Then work with them to create a design for the project. Gather ideas for materials, fixtures, and fittings, and present your ideas to him or her.
Step 4: Select a Project Manager – Renovating isn’t a simple undertaking – it’s a long process that involves a lot of work. It’s important to choose a strong project manager that will keep everything on schedule while making sure all the proper construction is taking place. Decide whether you want to manage the project yourself or if you’d rather have the architect, designer, builder, or a professional manager take the reins instead.
Step 5: Choose the Builder – Make a list of builders and ask them for quotes. Be sure that they can work within your deadline! After you choose the builder, you will also need to select the subcontractors.
Step 6: Organize the Contract – Written contracts will protect your interests and set out your rights and obligations. They will also give your building contractor an incentive to complete the work correctly the first time, so it is vital to get a written contract from your builder. Make sure that this contract includes details of the guarantee, insurance, payment schedules, and other important information.
Step 7: Obtain Building and Resource Consents – Next, you’ll need to organize the building and resource consents. A great deal of renovation work requires a building consent before beginning. To find out if you need one for your project, check with your building consent authority first.
Step 8: Let the Construction Begin! Once the contracts and consent forms are all squared away, the fun part starts! When building begins, come to an agreement with the builders about using your home while they work. You can also monitor the progress and take care of any unexpected issues that might crop up.
Step 9: Arrange Inspections – After the renovation is completed, you will need to arrange the final inspection for Building Code compliance. Have a professional inspect the home and make sure that it is compliant with regulations. Additionally, be sure to apply for a code compliance certification.
Step 10: Clean Up the Loose Ends – Walk through your newly-renovated home and make your own final inspection before resolving things with your builder. Then get ready to tidy up, move your things in, and start enjoying your wonderful “new” home!
Whether you’re looking for a move-in ready dream home or a fixer-upper that can be changed into the perfect abode, the Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties can help! Find our listings online at www.dianamasseyhomes.com or call us at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 to get started today!