Thinking about remodeling your Naples-area home can be a lot of fun. Looking at gorgeous pictures of freshly remodeled homes can inspire you to tackle your own place and turn it into the home of your dreams.
If you’re actually going to take on a significant remodeling project, however, you can’t skip straight from “Let’s do this!” to “I love how my home turned out!” Are you really ready to jump into a remodeling project? Here are some things to consider first.
Do you really know what you want?
That may sound like a silly question at first, but often homeowners know that they want to make a change—but don’t know exactly what the outcome should be. Before you get too wrapped up in the details of countertop materials, cabinets, or flooring, take some time to think through what you really want to accomplish with your remodeling project. Do you need more space in your kitchen? It your bathroom too cramped or dark? Do you want to open up space in your home so that it feels more comfortable?
Do you have a budget?
There are actually two parts to this question—and they both have to do with being realistic. What can you realistically afford to spend? You don’t want to get into a situation where you’re overextended. You have to be honest with yourself about what’s a realistic amount to spend. On the other hand, you need to have a realistic picture of the actual costs to accomplish what you have in mind. If what you have in mind is a $100,000 remodeling project, you’re not going to get it done for $50,000.
Have you done your homework?
While this is related to the budget question, there’s more than finances involved. Do you have a sense for what’s involved? Have you researched projects similar to what you have in mind? Have you checked on various materials to see what fits your style and your budget?
Do you have a plan?
Successful remodeling projects don’t just happen. They require careful planning. They also require an understanding of the structural restrictions you may face. For instance, you can’t “just move that wall” without knowing whether it’s a load-bearing wall. This is where working with a design-build remodeler is really helpful. You’ll be able to take advantage of great design ideas and years of building expertise.
Are you prepared for some distuption?
If you’re planning a significant remodeling, it’s not something that will be completed overnight. In addition to the planning and preparation, it’s probably going to take weeks to finish the project. Are you mentally, emotionally, and organizationally prepared to deal with some disruption in your daily life?
Remodeling your Naples home can be an exciting and rewarding experience. And if you look at some of the results you can get, you’ll see that it’s well worthwhile. But don’t begin until your ready. Being prepared isn’t just a good slogan for the Boy Scouts—it’s an essential for homeowners who want to remodel as well!