Realizing that your home renovation doesn’t quite meet your expectations is an awful feeling. Popped nails or rough edges may be relatively minor problems compared to installation of the wrong kitchen cabinets, but any issue that affects the quality of your remodel can be frustrating and upsetting. Fortunately, it’s easy to avoid disappointment by taking these five steps.
Set a Realistic Budget
Quality renovations aren’t cheap. Although you might be able to find a contractor willing to remodel your kitchen for $75,000, chances are that the remodeling company will have to cut a few corners to give you what you want. In fact, you’ll probably need to spend more than $131,000 for a major, upscale kitchen renovation in the Pittsburgh area, according to Remodeling’s 2019 Cost vs. Value report.
Understanding how various factors influence the cost of your home can help you create a budget that covers all of the features and amenities you want.
Choose an Experienced Contractor
Although everyone is new at something at some point, selecting an inexperienced contractor for your remodeling project can be a very bad idea. Most of us learn a skill only after making a few mistakes. It can take considerable repetition until we finally master what we’ve learned.
If you value perfection, the last thing you’ll want to do is turn your home into a classroom for a neophyte contractor. Experienced contractors have already learned from their mistakes and won’t practice on your home. They understand what it takes to turn your visions into reality, value superior craftsmanship, and hire employees and subcontractors who are experts at what they do.
Make Communication a Priority
Miscommunications can affect the success of any project, including home renovations. Make sure your contractor understands exactly what you want, and don’t proceed with the remodel unless both of you have a clear understanding of every aspect of the project.
Share photographs of features, amenities or appliances you want to include in your remodel. Ask the contractor how often you’ll receive project updates and how you can best get in touch if you have questions or concerns.
Take Advantage of Technology
Thanks to innovative home renovation software, your contractor can show you virtual images of your completed renovation. A few clicks of the mouse removes or reconfigure walls, changes the finishes or adds new features. Software programs can help you ensure that the features you love will enhance the appearance of your home and not detract from it.
Dig Out Your Crystal Ball
Your renovation may be perfect now, but what about in one or 10 years from now? Before you start remodeling, consider the ways your life may change in the future. For example, if you’re planning on aging in place, it may make sense to add a brand new master bedroom suite to the first floor rather than the second.
Experience, craftsmanship and communication are crucial factors when you remodel. Luckily, the design/build team at Master Remodelers values all three. Contact us if you’d like to transform your Pittsburgh-area home with a renovation.
Remodeling: 2019 Cost vs. Value Report