Preparing for a Successful Home Remodel

When it’s time to begin a home remodel, to make some cosmetic improvements to your home, redefine new space, or build an addition, many homeowners feel overwhelmed. Putting off home remodeling projects is very common because it can seem like such a daunting task. Time, money, decisions that will last for decades, “mess,” and disruption to daily life are all very real obstacles to embarking on a home remodeling project. But there are steps a homeowner can take to make the process as smooth as possible.

Make the decision to hire a pro. Do not embark on a major home improvement project as a DIY. Believing they can function as the project manager is a mistake many people make. Homeowners believe it will save them money, but in the long run it can actually be a more expensive route. Dealing with permitting, the time involved, getting local code enforcement to inspect and approve in a timely manner, finding subcontractors you can trust and who will make your project a priority, and avoiding the pitfalls of shoddy materials and shoddy work, are legitimate reasons to hire a pro and let them manage the project for you. A local, professional, and experienced contractor has the connections, the knowledge of local talent, the resources for materials, and the equipment and personnel to handle the project. It’s more than worth it to avoid potential problems with inspectors, labor, and suppliers to hire a pro who has all these elements already handled.

Have a solid plan, but have options as well. Planning out exactly what you want, after you’ve considered all options, is the best way to avoid delays and unexpected expenses during a home remodeling project. Make the major decisions during the early phase of discussions with your contractor, so that everyone is on the same page about what is going to happen and when. However, it’s important to remember that plans may by necessity change. If, for example, the contractor runs into a plumbing or electrical issue during the remodel and must bring it up to code, or do unexpected repairs, be prepared to accept this. It’s not an ideal situation, and it doesn’t always happen, but if it does, embrace the fact that your home will be safer and meet local code moving forward. Additionally, be prepared to be flexible with minor cosmetic changes as well. The tile, paint, flooring, or wallpaper you originally picked out may not be available when it’s time to install, and you may need to make minor adjustments in the brand or shade of color used in the final project. You can still accomplish the look you want, it may just be a slight variation from the original specifications. Knowing ahead of time this may happen, and having an optional color or brand will reduce your frustration if this situation arises during the project.

Consider other accommodations. Depending how involved your home remodel project is, you may need to relocate during construction. Even if it’s not a necessity, you may WANT to relocate to maintain your privacy and the convenience of avoiding mess, noise, and lack of access to comfortable space. This isn’t always necessary, but if you can afford it, it’s sometimes the least-stressful way to live through a home remodel.

Montgomery Builders has been serving Central Oregon for decades. Referrals by our clients have helped shape the reputation of Montgomery Builders and you may also find them doing business as Montgomery Remodeling and Restoration. We have long-standing partnerships with Central Oregon’s best subcontractors that together, take your project from good to great.  Our team has the experience and know-how to tackle jobs from simple to complex.  Contact Montgomery Builders today and begin planning your home remodel with confidence.

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