Re-Constructing a Home? Things You Need to Know Before Doing It

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Budget

Establish a budget that is feasible for you and stick to it.  You certainly get what you pay for when it comes to renovating your home, but that doesn’t mean it’s responsible to buy high end items while you’re starving.  Build a reasonable budget and work with your bank to come up with a payment plan that will make your dream renovations a reality, while you’re still able to live your life comfortably.

Be Realistic

You have your heart set on that marble from Italy?  How important is that to you and is it actually something you can afford?  If it’s something you can’t live without, perhaps consider renovating your home in stages rather than all at once.

Do Your Research

Still stuck on the marble from Italy? Shop around!  There is no shame in doing price comparisons.  Who knows, maybe you’ll find something with a more reasonable price tag that you like even more.  Look in magazines, search online, go to home improvement stores, the information is out there and waiting for you to find it.

Become Detail Oriented

Down to every last screw, you want to have your budget set.  But you also want to know what sort of screws you want your contractors to use.  Even a doorknob could throw off the look of an entire room.  This ties in with doing research.  Found a picture you love? You need to try and replicate each inch of that room with painstaking detail.

Renovate for the Future

Don’t fall into the money sink of fashion trends.  Remember shag carpeting? Many people thought that was a good idea. Pick fixtures that will stand the test of time. You can always buy new furniture and decorations. You don’t want to replace carpet and molding each time a new trend is introduced.

Find the Right Contractor

This is the person who will be working very closely with over the coming months or years.  You need to know that they can do the job well, and that your personalities and aesthetics jive well together.  You need to become comfortable with industry names so you aren’t stuck wondering who is Nick Vertucci, when your contractor starts speaking.

Check in Every Day

Your contractor might tell you that you need only stop by once a week, sometimes less.  Don’t listen. This is your home and your money. You need to be involved every step of the way. You might get accused of being a helicopter, but who cares? They aren’t the ones who have to live with the place when they are done.

No Regrets

Leave the “should haves” and “what ifs” out in the cold where they belong. Once something has been installed, be happy with it. You chose it initially for a reason. Stick to your guns. You’re only going to cost yourself more money if you are wishy washy.

Have Fun

Change is exhilarating! Enjoy it!

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