1. How long will you live in your home?

If there is a possibility that you will be selling the home any time in the near future, you will want to make your remodeling more general in nature. The color schemes and amenities should appeal to a broader range of tastes. You will want to choose upgrades that have been proven to add to the resale value of your home. Bathroom and kitchen remodels have the strongest history of adding value to a home. However, if you intend to live in the home for the long term, you can enjoy customizing the home with the look and functionality that best suit you.

2. Does your home need repair work as well as a remodel?

Often, an excited homeowner will launch into a remodel only to find that there are crucial repairs that must be done before the remodel can be completed. This can cause major complications for your budget and your remodel timeline. A little homework and consultation before you remodel can save you many hours and thousands of dollars. Before you purchase a single nail for your project, find out what repairs may be necessary as part of your remodel.

3. What can your budget reasonably accommodate?

You will enjoy your remodeled home much more if you are not still paying for it years afterward. Proper research and planning ahead of time will help you establish a budget for your remodel that can help you avoid the pain of regret. Keep in mind that if you may be selling your home soon, this may impact your remodel budgeting and financing opportunities.

4. What will be the turn around time for the remodel?

Establishing a reasonable timeline for before you remodel will add to your enjoyment of the final project and probably even save you a few dollars. No one wants to be in the scenario of using a master bathroom that is torn up for six months. The longer the project is left unfinished, the more possibility there is that something will happen that requires unplanned repairs or additional funding to complete. At Wiseman Home Improvement, we offer 24 -48 hour turn-around time on many projects in order to cause the least disruption to your lifestyle and schedule.

5. Can your contractor do all the work?

It can be very expensive and frustrating to hire multiple contractors for one job. Finding a contractor who can help design the project as well as accomplish it all down to the last finishing touches is worth the effort.

6. What benefits could be gained by doing a “green” remodel?

These possibilities will be different from region to region and from home to home. However, very often there are substantial savings to be found. Energy-efficient windows can reduce the cost of heating and cooling your home. Energy-saving lights can save you money by using less electricity. With a little bit of research, you may discover rebates and programs that reward you for using “green” components in your remodel.

7. Does your remodel involve more than cosmetic work?

If you are simply planning a cosmetic touch-up of a room through paint or refinishing, it will likely be a reasonable “do-it-yourself” project. However, as soon as you start getting inside of walls or making additions, you will likely want to consult with a professional. Review the websites of any remodelers you are considering. Review the pictures of any projects they have done and read the customer reviews. Ask for referrals from any family, neighbors, or co-workers who have recently had professional remodels done.

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