Remodeling can get a bad rap for being stressful, expensive, and time-consuming. But it doesn’t have to be that way! When it comes to planning and executing a successful, low-stress remodeling project, it’s all about creating a solid plan from the start.

So how can homeowners with little-no remodeling experience begin to create a successful renovation plan? It starts with asking the right questions before signing any contracts or (heaven forbid) breaking ground.

Here are just a few of the questions we recommend considering prior to kicking off your next home renovation or remodeling project:

1. How long should the project take?

Remodeling can be surprisingly time-intensive. It’s important for your family to understand the timeline for your project before going in, so don’t be afraid to ask around for realistic timeline estimates. Managing your expectations is key to minimizing stress during the remodeling process.

2. How will the project impact your ability to use your home?

If you have three bathrooms, remodeling one may not seriously impact your family’s lifestyle. However, if you only have one bathroom, being unable to use it for a matter of weeks will obviously necessitate some sort of ulterior plan. Think strategically about how having contractors in your space might alter your normal routines, and plan accordingly. In some cases, this may mean factoring a brief hotel stay into your renovation budget.

3. How long will it take for your materials to arrive?

Oftentimes, homeowners have ideas about exactly what kind of material they want to use for their project. This is no problem, except that in some cases, shipping materials in can seriously impact project timelines. If you know you’re set on venetian marble or a particular type of hardwood that isn’t locally available, find out how long shipment typically takes and plan accordingly.

4. Where will you store construction materials?

The time to figure out where to store your supplies is NOT when the truck is pulling up to your house. Think ahead about how much supplies you’re likely to have, what space you’ll need, and where you’ll put everything. 

5. What’s the weather going to be like?

This is one of those seemingly small details that can completely derail a project’s timeline. Think about what the weather is likely to be like in any given period, and plan accordingly. For example, if your area often experiences a rainy season, it’s probably best not to plan a roof repair or exterior painting project. Likewise, if you often experience harsh winters, it may not be wise to plan for lots of shipping/deliveries during snowy months.

Have More Questions? We Have Answers!

Here at JC Smith, we believe in supporting our customers beyond just the technical parts of building or remodeling a home. We’re happy to consult with our clients on design choices, pre-planning, and much more. Get in touch with us HERE to learn how we could help with your next renovation project in WV, VA, MD, or PA.

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