11 Tips for a Successful CT Home Remodel
By fiderioandsons Jul 1, 2013
Remember that exciting, rushing feeling of pride you felt when you purchased your first home? It’s never too late to feel that again. Whether you are starting from the ground-up or remodeling a current space, you can fall in love with your home once more.
Creating a new home can be a difficult task that requires smart updates, careful planning and the right workers. Browse our list of 11 tips for your Connecticut home remodel so that you can make the correct decisions for your remodeling project.
- Plan, plan, plan: Make sure you know what the final project is before you even start. Not only does this ensure you will get exactly what you want, but it keeps you on budget. Fixing unexpected problems or changing an idea midway through ends up costing more than you wanted to spend. A good contractor will work with you ahead of time to guarantee the project matches your vision and financial limitations. Thinking ahead for a good time frame is also important. Chose a time of the year that is the least stressful, like the summer if you are a teacher, and make sure you provide extra time at the end in case the remodel runs over.
- Hire a contractor: Even if you are a successful do-it-yourselfer, it is never a bad idea to recruit outside help. Having a professional around safeguards that your home remodel will be done correctly, on budget and on time. Shop around a couple of contractors and check for references, membership with the CT BBB and proper licensing. Moreover, you’ll want to make sure the contractor is willing to write a detailed contract, outlining the desired work for the desired price within the desired time.
- Stay on budget: You created a budget for a reason and you need to stick to it. You never want to spend more than you should have, or worse have to stop the remodel halfway through because you don’t have the appropriate funds anymore. Your contractor will know how much money you are willing to invest and how to stay in-line with that price. As a precaution, it is never a bad idea to add in extra money, around 10% of the remodel cost, to cover unexpected repairs or additional jobs that can arise.
- Picture the future: Looking over samples of materials and styles of anything from windows and doors to cabinets and countertops requires careful consideration of the future. Cheaper windows and doors might save you money now, but will cost you more in energy bills, maintenance costs or replacement fees later on. Additionally, while remodeling trends such as drastic colors or restaurant-style kitchens, are cool and hip for a year or two they can leave you scratching your head after that. Make sure you’re selecting materials that have held up over the years and proven to be a timeless classic, like stainless steel. Your home is a valuable investment and better quality products helps protect that costly investment.
- Personalize your home for you, not others: Many homeowners often plan their home remodels around what will impress their visitors. As we mentioned above, kitchens that have a restaurant-type design might be a wow-factor during a party, but unless you are a professional chef might overwhelm you when making a simple meal. Install something that will benefit you and your family, like a higher-quality luxury shower system, rather than a Whirlpool bathtub that is rarely used.
- Mull over paint colors and color schemes: All too often, Connecticut homeowners find themselves in the middle of a remodel or paint job and questioning their decisions. An easy way to avoid this is to take your time and really envision the outcomes. Instead of picking paint colors via sample cards, purchase a small amount of the color and paint a poster board or cardboard box and hang it on the wall or place it in the room. Then, let it sit. Look at it up-close and from far away during the morning, afternoon and nighttime. This decreases your chances of looking at the color differently in the future.
- Don’t forget about storage: Many homeowners often forget to include storage space in their remodeling plans. Make sure you incorporate room for extra space to store away valuables and extra knick-knacks. Take advantage of otherwise wasted space, like the space beneath a staircase, and install drawers, cabinets or other organization systems to store any unsightly objects or supplies.
- Open up your home: Knocking down a wall to connect two rooms, like the living and dining rooms, can create a larger and more open space for your home. This gives you more room to breathe, stretch out and relax, as well as let more natural sunlight into your home. Additionally, removing a wall enables you to add an architectural feature like an arch between the two rooms that gives the area more dimension and detail.
- Match the neighbors: The surrounding area is part of your home’s attraction and while it is important to have great curb appeal, you don’t want to stand out too much. Having a home that is too grandeur for the area has been found to decrease its overall value. There are small ways to make your home pop, like a front door with a bold color, or great landscaping in the front yard.
- Think resale value: Even if you’re not planning on selling your home anytime soon, you always want to make sure you are adding to the value of the home and not subtracting from it. Remodeling an extra guest bedroom into a walk-in closet might appeal to you, but it deducts the number of rooms in your home and therefore its value.
- Protect your current home: A home remodel can take away a large chunk of your living space, so make sure you set up an alternate living space elsewhere with all the daily essentials. For instance, keep a mini-fridge or microwave in the extra bedroom and take all valuables or important objects from rooms that are being redone.
Fiderio & Sons would be happy to help you plan any home remodeling project, from kitchens and bathrooms to sunrooms and home additions. Visit our showroom in Meriden or click below to download our FREE Guide to Home Remodeling!