Remodeling a home takes planning and persistence – Orange County Register

One thing that the novel coronavirus hasn’t changed is the appeal of buyers to homes that are being updated, remodeled with an open floor plan, and staged. Contrasted with houses that are outdated, disorganized, and full of mismatched antiques, against the backdrop of 20 year old wallpaper.

When you pull the trigger on your home remodeling, your goal is to improve your success as a home seller or improve the quality of your home, work, home, and home school experiences. Here are some tips to get the best results possible.

Do your homework: Make sure you know what you want to do.

All websites and apps have ideas about materials, design, and color palettes. Choose an anchor for your project – be it flooring, counters, cabinets, or your favorite color.

Pick a base point around which you will make all other decisions. That focus could be the color of the water in your pool, the tone of your wood floors, or the distressed bricks around your fireplace.

Ask for recommendations: Ask your neighbors who have just remodeled their kitchen who they used and if they would recommend it.

Ask your agent if she knows anyone who can tackle your project. Go to Yelp and check out reviews for contractors in your area. Then interview as many as you have time to speak to. And realize that they all have different skills and different approaches to your project.

It can be helpful to create a spreadsheet of all of your projects and the parts and pieces that will be needed to complete them, including what each service provider can do and the providers you need.

Know who is on first: You know the classic Abbot and Costello piece.

You need to know who is playing which position as you go through the process. On the demo day, prepare for 3 to 6 people to do things in your house at the same time.

On the day of installation, prepare to decide where to cut the hole in the quartz counter for the sink faucet. Where the support legs for your kitchen island extension are so you can sit comfortably in the bar stools you ordered for these new quartz counters. and whether or not to cut the backsplash around the socket in the bathroom.

Details are important and if you are not there you cannot weigh up the decisions.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions: Don’t be afraid to ask your crew now that you know who is doing what, what questions you have and what decisions you can make. If you don’t take your house to the tunnels, you have to join the old pieces with the bright, shiny, new pieces and that takes creativity and decisions.

Get in and stick with it.

Leslie Sargent Eskildsen is an agent at Realty One Group West. She can be reached at 949-678-3373 or [email protected].

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