There is no time like the present. Though spring may seem like it’s a million years away, it will be here before you know it. If you are thinking about doing some renovations come spring, start thinking and planning for them now. We may be slogging around in rain and mud, but you would be surprised at what we can do right now either in terms of actual work or pre-planning. Keep reading to learn how you can get started on spring home renovations now:
- How to Schedule a Quality Contractor
- Advanced Preparation for Demolition
- Getting Estimates, Budgeting, and Loans
- How to Add Value to Your Home
Schedule a Contractor
It’s never too early to start discussing your project with a contractor. The winter months are a great time to begin assessing the strengths and weaknesses of contractors. Right now is a great time to arrange for in-home visits. Collect a few estimates and size-up the professionalism of the contractors you are likely to work with. If you wait until the last minute, it may be difficult to find the best contractor. While the winter marches on, go ahead and schedule a time with your favorite contractor so that you will be able to mark your calendar for the start-day.
If you are planning a gut rehab of a particular room, it may be advantageous to go ahead and do the demolition in advance. You can do little things like removing carpet or light fixtures. You will especially want to remove any appliances or furniture that may be troublesome once full construction begins. If you find a contractor in advance, he or she can likely recommend a crew to come remove these items for you.
Budgeting and Loans
The earlier you begin discussing particulars with a contractor and looking at estimates, the sooner you will be able to make a budget. With a budget, you can weigh your overall financial picture and assess what you will be able to pay for out of pocket and what items you might want to take out a loan for. If you plan on refinancing your home to cover the spring remodeling costs, it’s a good idea to begin searching for a lender now so that you have the best idea of what is in your budget so that you can not only start at the first sign of the bluebird, but also ensure that your spring renovations are exactly to your specifications.
If you are considering a loan, look for ways to ensure that your project will add value to the home. Lenders will want to see how you are adding value. For instance, if you are renovating a basement for a home office or rumpus room, you might consider including a bathroom and a closet. Bathrooms always add value, then when you include a closet, you can claim the renovated space as a bedroom or even master suite. Not only will you please your lender, but you will also increase the utility of your home.
Here at Square Deal Remodeling, we take pride in providing Oregon and Washington homes with the additions they need to make it the right home for their families. Whether you need advice on bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinetry, or a new room for a nursery of home office, we can work with you on design and schedule the best time to complete your project within your budget. Give us a call – 503-254-4156. We look forward to speaking with you soon!