Homeowners or renters who decide to redo their home should be applauded for embarking on such a huge endeavor. What about those people who want to remodel their home and don’t have the time or want to remodel without slaving away at it for too long? For them, here is a lazy person’s guide to redoing your home.
Maybe you just bought a fixer-upper that you want to redo but don’t know how. There are plenty of people who want to fix up their homes but can only focus on the home on weekends. You don’t want to spend the little free time you have on redoing your home, or you will burn out quickly. There are ways to redo parts of a home and still have a life. Here are some things to consider when revamping your home without selling your soul to get it done.
Work with an Expert
There is an old saying that two are better than one. This can definitely be applied to redoing a home. Taking on this huge undertaking will take much longer and be more costly if done alone. You could save tons in the long run by hiring an expert to help you out.
If you are not sure how to find an expert, there are plenty of ways to do so. Start by asking friends and families who have had their home redone in the past about their experiences and if they would recommend the people they worked with. Home improvement stores may also have a list of experts they work with.
Remodeling any or all of a home will take some money. Set some aside for an expert. This person has the experience to let you know what will work and what won’t, saving you time and money, as well as helping you avoid mistakes you might make by doing this alone.
Have a Well Thought Out Plan
Since redoing your home is no small endeavor, have a well-thought-out plan before starting. Redoing parts or your entire home will take considerable time and money. Don’t jump in before having a detailed plan on what you want. You can avoid mishaps by having a solid plan in place. You may want to partner up with someone with experience and have them give you advice on what to add to the plan.
This plan can include lists of what you want accomplished to keep you and your team on track to reach goals and deadlines, as well as diagrams on what will be done. Planning your remodel will take time but will be well worth the effort once you get started. Assumptions won’t be made by you or your team when everything is written out, which can prevent construction problems in the future.
Do Simple Projects
Gather objects that aren’t too complicated to install so that this process is as easy and cost-effective as it can be. Make a list of small things that need to be changed or updated in your house. These are small projects that can be done in a day or weekend. This could be caulking an aged bathroom or replacing old tiles on a room’s floor.
If you are just starting your remodel, start small, then work your way up to bigger projects. It also doesn’t hurt to have an extra hand that has more experience, even with the small projects. Other smaller projects can be just focusing on one room at a time, especially if you are remodeling most of the house. You can break up these larger projects into smaller ones so that you won’t feel so overwhelmed and can focus on doing a great job on each project.
Make Sure What You Buy Will Last a Long Time
Don’t go to all the trouble of finishing a huge home project, only to have to redo it a few years later. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money to make it last. Be smart with how and where you get your get your items from. Find a recycling center that may still have quality items that were only used for a short time. You can save money and time by purchasing items this way.
Ask around about where to get the best quality products at great prices. You may be surprised at where you can find great materials at bargain prices. Some supply stores may have extra items at lower prices, or softly used items that can still be incorporated into your projects. Just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it will last, so keep this in mind while you are shopping around for materials for your home improvement projects.
Work with a Team
Doing the job on your own can be rewarding, but you can gain a lot of ideas by working with a team to get the job done. Consider hiring a contractor and construction workers. The contractor can oversee the day to day projects while the construction workers do the work. You and the contractor can discuss the plans you have for the remodel. If you are new and redoing parts of houses, the contractor can tell what will work and what won’t.
Working with a team may also include bringing on an architect for part of your project. You don’t necessarily need to spend a bunch of money to keep on an advisor for the entire job. Some professionals offer consultation services for a small, one-time fee. They can observe the area of your house you want to redo and draw up ways to improve the area. You can even get more formal construction drawings for another fee.