By Erick D. Smith
Remodeling your home can be a daunting task to take on and you’re bound to have anxiety about making mistakes. On top of that, unless you built the home yourself, you simply can’t know what’s hiding behind the drywall. You can’t always plan for every single problem that may arise, but you can do a few things that will at least prepare you to deal with any unforeseen challenges.
- Don’t skimp on the contractor! This will be the person you are trusting to do the job right the first time. The time, headache, and energy that you would spend trying to fix shoddy work is more than made up for by any extra time you will need to take researching and interviewing a potential contractor. If you don’t know any local contractors offhand, try using Google Maps as a jumping off point. You shouldn’t just take the first listing. Check potential contractors’ credentials and interview them in person. Just like you would get a second opinion at a doctor for any serious medical condition, you should check with (at least) more than one contractor before making your decision.
- Don’t think of starting your project without a budget! Unless you have unlimited funds to play with, a budget should be a vital part of your planning stage. If you don’t do a complete and well-thought-out budget you could end up with a partially finished and unlivable area in your home. Especially in a big city with zoning restrictions, extensive projects like second floor additions or bedroom additions absolutely require you to think ahead about your finances. You’ll also want to over-estimate costs in this phase just in case things go wrong. It’s better to have a little extra cash left over than not enough.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for advice! (And lots of it!) Talking to every person you can think of who may have gone through the remodeling process before is a great way to gather information and give you some insider insight into what lies ahead. We all know that the best way to learn is by doing and having first-hand experience. If you’re not a professional remodeler then you won’t have this kind of experience to guide you but it’s relatively easy to get the next best thing: advice from those who have been through the process. They can offer insight into potential issues that might never have occurred to you on your own. Being prepared to deal with the possibility of things going wrong means that if issues arise, they are likely to get solved before they become big problems.
About the Author:
Erick D. Smith is a home improvement blogger who writes for a construction company in Southern California. Adding a new room to your home might seem like a daunting task but there are many home remodelers in San Diego who can answer your questions whether it’s about planning or building.