When it comes down to it, no one really knows better than yourself what you truly want to get from your home remodel.
Therefore, before you begin the process of interviewing prospective building contractors, you need to ask yourself these 9 important questions:
1. Which rooms in your home will be a part of the remodel?
This question seems like a no-brainer, right? However, you need to keep in mind that when you remodel one space, it can impact the adjoining spaces in your home. For example, if you take down a wall between your kitchen and dining room during a kitchen remodel, will that make your dining room appear outdated?
When coming up with your budget, you need to include costs such as taxes, consultant fees, appliances, lighting fixtures, and new furniture. Also, if you will need pay for temporary housing during the renovation process, this expense should be accounted for as well.
3. How do you plan to use your newly renovated space?
If taking on a kitchen remodel, will this be the home's primary entertaining space or will it be more of a chef's retreat? Understanding upfront how the new space will be used will dramatically impact the design, look, and function of the renovated space.
4. What is your style?
Is your design taste more modern with clean lines or do you prefer a more traditional space? There are a lot of great online resources to turn to for inspiration, and being able to share some of these images with your building contractor and design team can be very helpful in getting the remodel that you truly want.
5. Do you have any accessibility considerations?
Do you plan to stay in your home through retirement? If so, mobility issues may one day come into play. Proactively planning for this now can help to enhance the enjoyment of your home for years to come.
6. Is sustainable design important to you?
If you plan to stay in your home for the long haul, it may be worthwhile to invest in energy efficient appliances and systems. While the upfront cost can be higher, it can save you a significant amount of money in the long run.
7. What is your home's color palette?
Color plays a powerful role in affecting people's moods, so you'll want to make sure to select a color scheme that contributes to the desired ambience of your home.
8. What type of flooring do you prefer?
There are so many flooring options to choose from, and probably the best question to ask yourself is how you plan to use the space. For example, if remodeling a bedroom, would you feel comfortable with walking on hardwood flooring first thing in the morning or would you prefer carpet?
9. What are your storage requirements?
If you're having to move a lot of furniture out of your home for the renovation process, what will the cost be? Are there areas in your home that you could temporarily store items to help minimize this cost?
Taking the time to ask yourself these 9 important questions can help you to choose your ideal building contractor for the project and improve communication.
Please contact us at Empire Custom Builders to learn more about the home remodeling process and what you can expect.