Renovating is perhaps the most enjoyable and stressful parts about owning a home. On the one hand, you have the opportunity to truly make your place your own, and are only bound by your budget and creativity.
On the other, many homeowners fail to adequately prepare before diving into a remodeling project; they end up spending too much, going the DIY route when it would be wise to hire a professional, and being generally dissatisfied with the end design as a result.
Considering the size and scope of even the smallest remodeling investment, it pays to pay attention to the preliminary details. If you take the time to do the project right, you’ll end up reaping the rewards of increased equity and the feel-good effects of having a place personalized to your liking to call home.
Renovation Reboot: Essential Steps Made Easy
Make a budget….and stick to it – We know it’s easy to get carried away with grand ideas of turning your bedroom into a stylish master suite, or upscaling that kitchen with a set of shiny, new stainless steel appliances, but before you get ahead of yourself, you need to know how big of a renovation you can afford.
There are only a few areas outside of home improvement where costs can quickly skyrocket if you’re not careful; create a blueprint for your renovation and make an itemized list of materials and expenses (including labour if you’re hiring someone to do the job).
Research local contractors relentlessly – Those opting out of the DIY route need to spend ample time comparing qualified construction companies. Get a clear price quote, confirmation of credentials, and referrals and references before signing the contract.
Rent a junk removal bin – You’ll be surprised at how much debris comes out of the typical home remodel. Since you won’t be able to toss the renovation materials (e.g. drywall, old appliances, cabinets, carpeting, etc.) in the dumpster, renting a dedicated junk removal bin is the way to go. At Red Bins, we guarantee to drop off and pick up your bin on-time. Let us make short work of the hauling process, so you can focus on what matters, that new and improved home of yours.
Be mindful and realistic about your expectations for the remodel; no renovation is worth stressing and going into debt over.