Our Remodel Planning Tips – How To Get Started With Your Home Remodel!

July 30th, 2020

Remodel planning can seem intimidating, particularly if you’re remodeling multiple rooms in your home and your plan will include costly, complex projects like kitchen or bathroom renovations.

But every journey starts with a single step. So in this guide from Mettle Construction Group, we’ll discuss a few tips you should keep in mind when you begin planning any home remodel. Let’s get started.

1. Develop Your Vision

The first step of the planning process should always be to develop your vision and get inspiration for your project. This makes sense – you can’t move forward with your project until you know what your dream home will look like!

You probably already have some ideas in mind. For example, you may want new cabinets or a large kitchen island in your kitchen, or “his and hers” vanities in your master bathroom. Take some time to think about “must-haves” for your project.

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Then, we recommend taking a look at websites like Freshome, Houzz, and Pinterest to look for designs and ideas related to your project, and get a better idea of the style, features, and other details you’ll want from your completed renovation.

2. Determine Your Budget

This is an important step. We recommend doing a little bit of research to determine the typical cost for remodeling in your area. Tools like the True Cost Guide from HomeAdvisor can be very useful for this. In Santa Barbara, you can see the average costs of different types of remodels here.

Once you know how much you want to spend, we recommend adding a 10-15% “cushion” to the amount you want to spend. This ensures that if something unexpected happens, you’ll still have plenty of cash left in your budget to cover the cost.

3. Pick A Contractor (And Choose Wisely)

This is the most important part of planning a home renovation. You need to work with an experienced remodeling contractor in the Central Coast of California, such as Mettle Construction Group.

Your contractor will help create plans and designs based on your vision, your preferences, and your budget, and will work closely with you throughout the entire process. Take your time, and make sure you choose a reliable, experienced, and professional home contractor.

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4. Work Out A Schedule For Your Remodel

Together, you and your contractor should be able to work out a realistic schedule for your remodel. The time it takes to remodel a home can vary widely depending on your preferences and needs.

For example, a bathroom renovation usually takes 2-3 weeks. A small-scale kitchen upgrade can take 2-3 weeks, while a full-scale kitchen replacement may take 8-12 weeks.

Based on feedback and information from your contractor, you’ll be able to plan accordingly, and put together a realistic schedule and timeframe for your remodel.

5. Expect The Unexpected – And Plan Accordingly

Ask anyone who has had their home renovated, and they’ll tell you to always expect the unexpected. Even with extensive remodel planning, it’s possible for unexpected hurdles and issues to throw your project off schedule.

So, as mentioned, make sure to leave yourself some breathing room. Pad your schedule so that you have extra time to deal with these issues, and leave yourself some money in your budget to cover unexpected costs. This is the best way to deal with the unexpected during the process of remodel planning.

Work With Mettle Construction Group – And Build A Better Remodeling Plan!At Mettle Construction Group, we’ll work closely with you while you plan your home remodel, and ensure that your project is completed on time and on budget. As experienced remodeling contractors in the Central Coast of California, we’re always here to help.

Ready to get started? Give us a call at (805) 361-7403, or contact us online to begin the remodel planning process.

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