The beginning of a New Year often triggers thoughts about doing new things. Of course, thoughts about doing something new and different aren’t the same as actually doing something. Our lack of success in following through on New Year’s resolutions is a pretty good indicator of that! That failure can often be traced back to people doing things they really don’t want to do. Remodeling your Naples home, however, isn’t like that. It’s probably something you actually want to do. So let's look at some ways to jumpstart your next remodel in 2019. Here are some ways to turn your wanting into doing.
Start Looking For Ideas
You may already have a good idea about the kind of remodeling project you want to pursue. Perhaps you want to completely redo your kitchen. Or you may have a major master bathroom renovation in mind. Maybe you want to do a total remodel of your condo. But what exactly do you want to do? For many Naples homeowners, it's helpful to consider the possibilities by gathering ideas and information. Looking at examples of what's really possible can be a big help. That doesn't mean you have to accept the exact design or style of things you look at, but seeing real-life examples can generate ideas of your own.
- Kitchen Remodel: Sometimes it can be frustrating to look at a beautiful kitchen because you’re thinking, “You have no idea what my current kitchen looks like!” Click here to take a look at “before and after” photos of a total kitchen remodel we did in 2017. Of course, there are plenty of other styles you can check out as well.
- Bathroom Remodel: If you want to get an idea of what’s possible with a master bathroom remodel, click here to check out this elegant Master Bath Retreat. You don’t have to go in this direction if you have different tastes (such as this light and airy Bonita Bay Master bathroom).
- Complete Condo Remodel: You may not think of Condos as “spacious living spaces” but we invite you to take a look at this Naples Condo Remodel we did in 2017 that can give you ideas for your condominium.
It's also smart to get a good basic understanding of the whole remodeling process. For a general overview of the remodeling process, you might want to download our free Remodeling Road Map eBook that walks you through the specific steps of the process. Or, if you’ve already decided you want a brand new kitchen, you could download our free Creating the Ideal Kitchen eBook for great tips and ideas on kitchen remodeling.
Set Your Budget
Before you get too far into the planning stages of your remodel, you’ll want to make sure you’ve set a realistic budget for your project. If you look at projects we’ve done featured on Houzz.com you’ll see that each project featured not only shows you images of the project, but each one also gives you a price range for that particular project. That helps you get at least a ballpark figure for the kind of remodeling project you have in mind. No two projects will be identical, so prices will vary somewhat, depending on the scope of the project and the materials being used. But you’ll want to have a range of cost before you get too far down the road.
Why is setting a realistic budget so important? If you don’t set some boundaries your project costs can get out of control. If you set your budget unrealistically low, you probably won’t end up with the features (or quality) that you want. One of the advantages of dealing with a design/build remodeler is that you will end up with an accurate estimation of the costs because the same team of people is involved in the design and in the execution of that design. You won't get any unwelcome surprises from the builder telling you that it's going to cost more to do the project than the designer said it would. Knowing what you’re spending ahead of time can jumpstart the process because you won’t constantly have to reevaluate whether or not to do something.
Select Your Remodeler
Another way to jumpstart your 2019 Naples remodeling project is to line up your remodeling professional ahead of time. Obviously, you'll want a contractor with the experience and expertise to take on the specific type of project you have in mind (If what you want is a high-end kitchen remodel, you won't want to choose a contractor that emphasizes low cost). Another thing to keep in mind is that what your remodeler brings to the table before the building begins is just as important as the construction skills that come later. Here’s some good information about what else you should look for before choosing your remodeler.
Get Started Now—And Take Your Time
Remodeling isn't something you should rush. You should take your time to make sure you know what you want and that you're comfortable moving forward—with your ideas, with your plans, and with the company you choose. The best way to jumpstart the process is to begin gathering information now so that you're not rushed when it comes time to make decisions. Gathering information and ideas; setting a realistic budget, and selecting your remodeler all take time. The good news is that none of those things really cost you any money. But spending the time to make sure you're on the right track will pay great dividends!