This article written by Larry Abbott “Setting Goals for Your Remodeling Project” was published in the Sunday, September 24 2023 edition of the Houston Chronicle.
You’re about to tackle a home renovation. It’s crucial to set goals to maintain focus and keep your project on track. Renovating without goals in mind can lead to project disruptions including delays and cost overruns. Construction can distract homeowners from the overall goal because there are so many details to consider.
In setting goals, consider the day-to-day experience of living in your home and focus on how you want it to be improved by your renovation. Goals help you define and clarify what you want to achieve with your project. They should be precise and provide a clear vision of the end result you’re looking for. It’s a good idea to write down your goals and your priorities and discuss them with your remodeler to avoid needing to make last-minute decisions.
Some common goals when planning to remodel are adding space with a home addition, repurposing an existing room, reconfiguring your home’s layout for better function, and creating a new outdoor space to bring the indoors out.
After planning, determine your budget based on your goals and priorities. When you come to that dollar amount subtract 20% to 30% for contingencies. Contingencies are the unknowns and are very hard to predict. They can easily drive your project over budget. If you have watched home renovation TV shows you are very familiar with unknowns.
Before your construction begins, make the necessary repairs. Foundations, roofing, siding, windows should be in good shape before construction starts. Next, clear your space. Throw away what you don’t need. Pack up items that need to be removed from the construction area and label. Keep your everyday use items aside.
If you plan to live in your home during the renovation, ask your remodeler to create a timeline with start, middle, and end dates, designating significant milestones each step of the way. This will help you designate work, live and play areas to avoid noise, dust and to stay out of harm’s way. Discuss containment and clearing procedures with your remodeler which can include HEPA vacuums and air filters and protective equipment for you and for workers to keep everyone safe.
Planning for a large remodel requires careful thought and preparation. Many homeowners make the mistake of remodeling only for the present, without thinking about the long-term future. If you’re likely to live in your current home for your lifetime, then you should aim to make an investment that continues to offer returns.
When you are choosing a remodeler, partner with a remodeler who is on the same page as you with regards to quality, communication, planning, and budget.