MISSION, Kan., Jun. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – (Family Features) Given the extra time many Americans have spent at home in recent months, there have been many opportunities to think about how this living space could be improved.
This may not be the ideal time to tackle and renovate a large project. However, it may be possible to undertake smaller remodeling projects that will update and improve your home. For example, simple cosmetic repairs like painting and replacing vanity units can make a noticeable difference with minimal labor or investment. Or if you’re hesitant to bring contractors in, outdoor projects like replacing fences, adding paving blocks, or building outdoor living spaces can be a benefit for your family.
Before embarking on a project, check out these tips from Robi Kirsic, MCKBR, UDCP, Chairman of the National Association of Remodeling Industries and Co-CEO of TimeLine Renovation & Design.
Define the purpose
The first consideration, whether you are making changes for yourself or for future resale, is the purpose of your project. This determines everything from the budget to the materials you choose. Remember that kitchen and bathroom projects tend to have the greatest return on investment.
It is also a good idea to plan how you will use the renovated area. If possible, incorporate elements of universal design that will not change the look of the room, but will change how it works. For example, in the bathroom, install a shower without curls, a larger toilet and a block in the walls to allow for the future installation of grab bars.
Stick to a budget
Another early decision is your budget. There’s no point in spending time looking at materials and making design decisions based on products that are over your budget or, conversely, that are below the level of quality you prefer. Bringing in a professional can help prevent over-spending and identify areas that you may want to pamper or withdraw.
Choose a remodeler
Friends and family can be of great help when choosing a remodeling company as they are likely to provide detailed and honest opinions about their experience. When you start surveying companies yourself, check to see if they are licensed and insured, and ask what they offer beyond those minimum requirements. Are you certified or accredited? Do they specialize in the type of job you are considering? Also, make sure to request and review testimonials and look for reviews online.
Conduct virtual meetings
While some projects may require personal assessment, many planning sessions can be conducted virtually. You can even shop for products to be used virtually for your project, as online catalogs usually come in a variety of colors and finishes, as well as prices. Request for items you need to see or feel, such as: B. Floors, samples that you want to test in your home. To make your virtual meetings as productive as possible, prepare for a detailed scope of work and be ready to take measurements and show the room free of clutter.
Keep it safe
For some families, it may be more convenient to stick to outdoor projects in the short term. For those willing to bring contractors in, there are numerous steps you can take to create a safer work environment. Examples include asking everyone to wear face masks and gloves, and using plastic on the doors to separate the work area from the living area. Regular disinfection and thorough cleaning at the end of the project are also important preventive measures.
For more remodeling resources, including certified contractors in your community, visit RemodelingDoneRight.com.
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