There are plenty of reasons you may want to remodel your Naples-area home. Things do wear out or get dated with time. Maybe your family dynamics have changed or the way you entertain has shifted. Perhaps you’re looking ahead to changing personal needs and want to make your home safe and comfortable for the future. All of those are good reasons to remodel—but are you prepared for that kind of undertaking? Here are 4 signs that you’re ready to remodel.
1. You Know What You Want
Often homeowners have a legitimate sense that it’s time for a change—but that sense is a bit vague. A big part of knowing what you want involves having a good handle on your specific lifestyle and home personality. Here’s a helpful post that can help you determine your “remodeling personality” so that you end up with results that match your personal tastes and lifestyle. Talk about gathering information. Getting good information about the remodeling process is key to getting good results. You may find it helpful to check out our free eBooks that walk you through the home remodeling process.
2. You Have the Time
Successful remodeling projects aren’t “overnight wonders,” they take time. It’s important that you allow yourself (and your contractor) enough time to do the job thoroughly and properly. No two remodeling projects are the same—which means the time to complete different kinds of projects will vary. But here’s a post that helps you get a better feel for what needs to happen so that you have a realistic idea of how long your specific remodeling project will take.
3. You Have the Budget
Having a good idea of what it will cost you to complete your project the way you want is essential. Obviously, nobody wants to pay more than they should, but it’s important to have a realistic budget. If you don’t budget enough, you probably won’t be satisfied with the outcome. So how do you arrive at a realistic budget? Here's a post that outlines the basics for creating a realistic budget that will give you the results you want.
4. You Have the Right Remodeler
Homeowners who have been through serious remodeling projects will tell you that having the right remodeler is every bit as important as the features and materials that are used in the process. It’s your home and you and your remodeler should work together as a team. But for that to happen, you need to have a remodeler you can trust. That means selecting someone with the experience and skills to complete the kind of project you have in mind. Not all remodelers are the same. That means you have to exercise caution and discretion when choosing a contractor. You’ll want to see evidence (past projects) of homes they have worked on. But you’ll also want to choose a contractor you can work with—one you feel confident discussing your project with. That means spending some time talking to prospects. Click here for some tips on how to interview prospective candidates.
Remodelers also don’t always approach a project in the same way. At Reed Design Build we are design-build remodelers. That means that the same team works with you to create the design you want and then builds your design.
Here’s an article that outlines some of the basics of the design-build approach to remodeling and highlights how it can be to your advantage—including providing you with a more accurate estimate of the cost of your project.
Once you know what you want from your project; have the necessary time allotted; have a realistic budget, and have the right remodeler, you're ready to embark on a remodeling adventure that will be fun and fulfilling!