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10 Hot Home Remodelling Tips

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Are you planning to have a home remodelling session? Are you ready for the hassle and trouble? Do you feel lost and do not know where to begin from? Stop worrying and read on. These great home remodelling tips will set you straight on your path. Just plan as early as you can and give as much of time as you can as the improvement of your home is a personal prospect. You must like the changes after they are made to live in them. Your home is your own world.

Tip 1

Know exactly what you want. Even if you aren’t very good at drawing, make a rough sketch of your home at present. Mark areas that are problematic and need remodelling or improvement. You can remodel particular parts as well as the entire house. After you have decided what exactly needs to be changed and where, make another rough sketch of the changed appearances. This will give you a picture of what is going to be and should help you in taking decisions.

Tip 2

Talk to an interior designer or home designer and find out what you actually need to change. Ask details and jot theses down. Take notice of plumbing or electrical outlets and water passages. These are important aspects and need attention and thought.

Tip 3

If you want to change the furniture along with other changes, try to jot down what facilities you lacked before and what you need or want now. Talk to the furniture stores and tell them your needs.

Tip 4

If you want changes in lighting, decide on what type of lighting. If you want to play with sunlight, you must talk to your builder about it and describe what you exactly want – larger window or back porches or verandas or kitchen gardens. These are necessary information needed before work starts. For other lights, talk to your electrician and tell him in detail your requirements. Understand every aspect of the deal.

Tip 5

Decide if you want to do some exterior work like gardening or garage as well. This has to be done before hand. Pay attention to spaces like basements and attics and utilize them well.

Tip 6

After you have decided on the changes, make appointments with home builders and construction workers. Of course, this should be done only if you want to remodel concrete parts like walls and rooms or the entire house and not just the furniture and lighting. Before you give the deal to the contractors, do find out about the company in detail. Once construction starts, you can’t back out. Be communicative and discuss the entire plan with them. Decide your budget.

Tip 7

Talk to your plumber and electrician and interior decorator and ask them to have a discussion with the builder with you presiding over the talk. This will save later troubles and misunderstandings.

TIP 8

Before your home builder or workers start digging the ground, visit the local utility centre and find out what’s below the earth. Make sure you do not damage anything that is already there. Save unnecessary repair bills.

Tip 9

Ask your painter to leave a bit of the paint for you to do final finishing or touch ups. You can even use this for changing a tiny bit here and there that you don’t like. You can even offer your child to redecorate his/her room by painting in various shades that complement each other.

Tip 10

Before your home remodelling is complete, make sure your home is safe for your baby. Ask your electricians to install socket covers and wire insulations. Install baby gates before a stair case or in places where your baby can have an accident.

Top 10 Home Remodeling Tips For Any Home Remodeling Project

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For your next home remodeling project, whether it be a new kitchen, a new bathroom or any other home improvement job, consider the following important tips I am providing you with. It could mean the difference between a success or failure of your project.

For most home owners, remodeling work on their home is exciting but is also stressing as most people do not have experience with that sort of thing and don’t know what to expect.

The following things are what you can do to ensure the success of your home remodeling project. Please consider and act on the following tips.

Tip #1: Get a professionally designed and detailed plan made.

It is relatively easy to make adjustments in layout, materials, choice of appliances and so on, in this crucial initial stage, the design, so spend time to adjust, change and perfect your vision while it is still in planning stage. Once the job has already started it will be difficult and costly to make changes and quality can suffer as well. Get a designer to put your idea of a perfect look and functionality onto paper, with enough detail so there is no guessing later on.

Tip #2: Don’t start the job before you have the money.

It is tempting to start your remodeling project even before you have all the funds needed, with a hope to come up with the rest of the money along the way, but it is more than likely that you will need more money as most home remodeling projects end up going over budget, unforseen problems once you start opening up walls or making changes being some of the reasons.

Tip #3: Choose finishes and materials that are proven to last a long time.

In a case of your bathroom or kitchen remodeling keep in mind that it needs to last a long time. Trying to save a few dollars on the expense of durability or choosing inferior products will come back to haunt you, when you realise how easy that cheap bench top scratches or the golden finish on the bathroom ware handles starts to wear off for example.

Tip #4: When choosing colors, a particular style and finishing have the future in mind.

Don’t get stuck on some particular color or finish of materials you might personally like. You have to think ahead, whether it will still be good looking and in style decades into the future and if it will appeal to most other people not just to you. This is particularly important if you are planning to sell your home further down the line. You will want to appeal to a maximum number of potential buyers.

Tip #5: Choose the remodeling contractor carefully.

Choose a remodeling contractor with a lot of experience and necessary license for the job. Best if the contractor comes recommended by good friend or family, based on his previous projects. An absolute must is that you have a detailed scope of works, written warranties and legal clauses in the written contract with the contractor, before the job starts.

Tip #6: Your personal input is important but listen to others that matter as well.

At the end of the day it is you and your family that will live in the home you are remodeling and you know your needs and aspirations the best. Be prepared to tell the designer what you want and need for example but also be prepared to listen as the remodeling project is a joint effort.

Tip #7: Have the insurances and approvals in place.

You might need local government approvals before you start the job so make sure you comply. Also it is prudent to have necessary liability insurance as well as checking that the contractor does, by demanding proof of such in writing.

Tip #8: Monitor the work and progress but stay out of the contractors way.

Monitoring the job quality and it’s progress is a must as you shouldn’t take the contractors word for granted. You will be able to point out any discrepancy or ask the contractor to explain something you are not sure about. You don’t need unnecessary stress and worry, after all the contractor should know what he or she is doing and if you are on the job too long and too often it will send the message you have no trust in their work..

Tip #9: Make sure that safe work practices are followed and keep your family safe.

Seeing so many tradespeople and homeowners injure themselves and some even die on the job has made me work safety conscious. In the case of the work being carried out in your own home makes the risks of injury to you and your family even greater, so take steps to minimise or eliminate risks during the job.

Tip #10: Don’t pay out the balance till the job is completed.

You have to honour your contract with the remodeling contractor but so does he or she, so make sure all the work is completed and any rectification work completed before paying the balance.

If you act on these home remodeling tips before and during the remodeling work it should bring you closer to a successful outcome in more ways than one. These tips may not be the answer to all your questions but they will go a long way towards a successful remodeling project.

Home Remodeling Tips To Give Your Home A Distinctive Look

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Home remodeling is an option you will consider either if you’ve decided you want to upgrade your living space or because you want to sell your home. Whether you are going to have to do a major remodeling job or just a few small home improvement jobs depends upon the condition of your home, the purpose behind the renovation and of course your budgetary and time constraints.

Don’t Make The Mistake Of Rushing In

Home renovating projects can be expensive and time consuming, especially when it comes to kitchens and bathrooms where there are several specialized fittings such as faucets, sinks and geysers that are not found in other rooms. Diving headlong into your remodeling project without prior planning will totally defeat the purpose as you will more likely than not result in a totally haphazard job and you will find yourself going way above budget. The result will be a space that you will have spent too much money on without benefiting from either the enhanced comfort or the increase in value.

Factors To Consider Before You Start

To avoid becoming a victim of the above scenario, it pays to spend some time making concrete plans. These few tips will help you stay on course and get the most of your home remodeling project irrespective of how small or big your budget.

First go around the whole house and make a list of things you would ideally like to get done in each room. Consider the front and backyard too. If you think you would like to add a porch or a custom deck, add it to your list.

Secondly, consider your budget and figure out how much you can afford to spend on the necessary renovations without going bankrupt.

Once you have those details sorted out, get in touch with at least two or three general contractors in and around your area and get an estimate of how much they would charge you to do the work that needs to be done. If the estimate is far above your budget you will need to re-consider your plans. The best way to do this is to split your list into three categories:

  • Remodeling work that does not absolutely necessary need to be done right away and can be postponed for a later date
    • Easy projects that you can undertake by yourself
    • Complex works that should be done only by a professional handyman.

It is important to be realistic when estimating which jobs you can and cannot do. If you are not very adept with tools and the like, it is far better to wait a while and get it done by a professional rather than do a botched up job of your home remodeling.

Green Home Remodeling Tips

5 Tips to a Greener Home

Things have changed about the way we look at remodeling our homes. Green home remodeling has become the best way to improve the value of your home while reducing the cost of living overall. “Smart houses”, sustainable lifestyles” and “green building” are phrases that are appearing more and more in the housing and construction market.

Green is the new black as far as smart investments in home remodeling. We are keenly interested in keeping the cost of living down as well as making our homes “smarter” by redesigning the way they function. Alternate forms of energy like solar panels or wind turbines, energy saving appliances, windows that can take advantage of cross breezes instead of using air conditioning, using recycled building materials and even downsizing a home are all ways we can reduce our carbon footprint with green home remodeling. And, there is no better way to prepare a home for resale or to increase its value nowadays than by making it as “green” as possible.

Here are some green home remodeling tips to make any home more energy efficient and improve its value:

Remodeling Design
The design of your home remodel is crucial. Elements such as: room size, recycled or sustainable building materials, non-VOC paints, placement of windows and doors, insulation, and passive heating and cooling considerations are all factors that can make a difference in green home renovation.

Windows and Doors
Up to 35% of your home’s heating or cooling is lost through windows. This makes it essential that you increase the thermal performance of your windows. Placement of exterior windows and doors can be optimized to take advantage of natural light and heat and to open up air flow. Double glazing will reduce heat loss in the cold of winter and louvered windows can catch a breeze in the heat of summer.

Alternate Energy
The cost of electricity to run lights and electricity or using gas and oil has a huge impact on both the budget and the carbon footprint. Photovoltaic panels catch the sunlight and transform it into energy which can be used in place of traditional energy sources. Water heating can be one of the biggest heating expenses. By replacing an old water heating system with a more energy efficient system that employs the use of solar energy or a high efficiency tank your savings can be significant.

Rain and Grey Water
An exterior rainwater tank to harvest rainfall is one method of getting free water. This can be critical, especially in areas where water is scarce. Water collection tanks don’t have to be fancy. They can be as simple as those you find through agricultural outlets. A grey water system which recycles waste water into the garden or sewage system is also a valuable consideration.