Just because you’re not particularly handy with a hammer or saw doesn’t mean you don’t have tools at your disposal when it comes to remodeling your home. And even though you may never be physically involved in the remodeling labor, the work you do is critical to the success of your remodeling project.
After all, it’s your home that’s going to be remodeled, so your input up front is invaluable. You’re the one who will provide direction, goals for the remodelers to follow. Here are four tools that you should take advantage of in order to ensure the kind of outcome you want.
- Zillow.com: At first glance, Zillow may not seem like a remodeling tool at all. It’s all about prices and values of homes in your area. But that’s something to keep in mind as you set your budget. It’s a generally accepted rule of thumb that you don’t want to be the highest priced home in your neighborhood. Checking on Zillow before you begin planning can give you a better understanding of what home values are like around you.
- Houzz.com is a great site if you’re looking for inspiration, ideas, and general information about what others in your area (and in your situation) have done. You can ask questions about materials and ideas and you can look at a wide variety of remodeling projects—and focus on the ones that apply to you. Click here to see an example of the kind of information and images you’ll find.
- Cost Vs, Value Report: Not all remodeling projects are created equal. For one thing, some projects will provide you with a better return on investment (ROI) than others. Click here to get an overview of what jobs cost in the area and what kind of ROI different projects provide. That can help you determine if you’re getting a fair price—and if the remodeling project you’re thinking about makes financial sense.
- Remodeling a House, Creating a Home eBook: This free guide walks you through the information you need to create your dream home. It offers helpful advice to guide you from the beginning of your research to the completion of your dream remodel including: The benefits of remodeling; layout logistics; techniques for creating additional space; lighting choices; color options; environmental considerations; and more.
Understanding the remodeling process is key to getting the results you want. Here’s a helpful article that outlines the advantages of using a design-build remodeler for your project—and explains how that process works.
When it comes to remodeling your Naples-area home, some of the best tools available aren’t even available at the local hardware store. Take advantage of them to enjoy a less stressful and more fulfilling remodeling experience!