There are many things you need to consider should you decide to remodel your home. All of them are enumerated and described below, each providing ample explanation to help you better understand and make wise decisions. Take note of the projects you would like

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to undertake and weigh your options. In a nutshell, it is imperative that you decide if you want people to work for you (such as designer and general contractor, among others) or do some of the work yourself (like designing your interiors, managing the project, or even doing construction work, etc)

Here is a checklist of the primary tasks present in every remodel project. Better read up and equip yourself with the knowledge on these terms since they will help greatly in decision making. As such, take time to decide if these tasks need the help of an expert or if you can do them yourself. Remember to translate any task into cost to keep track of your budget.

· Project management

· Design

· Permits

· Site Preparation and Demolition

· Building Foundation

· Framing (flooring, walls, ceiling and roof)

· Electrical

· Plumbing

· Heating and cooling

· Interiors and Exteriors (sheet rock inside, siding, and shingles)

· Floor finishing (tile, hardwood, carpet)

· Door and windows

· Cabinets, fixtures, appliances

· Finishing (painting, trim, baseboards)

· Open house party (food, drinks, games)

Project management

This task is all about overseeing the progress of a project from beginning to end, having to deal with all the phases of work and the people involved. This can usually be done by a single person, a smart move for easier management, but this person will definitely need the help of different skilled professionals in every task. In a nutshell, the project manager will wear different hats in handling various transactions with other sources, making important decisions as soon as possible, and addressing problems that may arise along the way. He or she is also responsible for securing permits from the local government. Now, you have to decide if you will hire a project manager for your home or if you will be your own person for the job. Do not worry; there is a tool that can help you with the nitty-gritty parts of this task. We offer The Complete Remodeling Workbook and Organizer; click here to learn more about it.

Here are your options for project management:

· Get a general contractor for the remodeling project

· Be your own manager

· Hire a few project-based managers

Design

What you need to do next is to come up with your house design. It is important that you know how you want your home to look like since you will probably live in it for a good amount of time. Ideally, the design will be the blueprint that you present to the local government so you can get a permit. You will also need a few design sheets so you can reconsider your options. After all, creativity is hard to contain. The important thing is that you specify what you truly want in as much detail as possible –the type of flooring, fixtures, walls, etc. – all sketched in your design plate. For designs with detailed engineering calculations, you will need the help of an architect.  Click here if you would like to use our referral service to find an architect in your area.

Permits

Once you have come up with your home design, call the city or county planning office and tell them about your project. They will tell you if you need a permit and give you other requirements, if any. If you are your own project manager, you can do this yourself. If not, then your general contractor will go to the local government for this purpose as part of his or her services.

Site Preparation and Demolition

In home remodeling, not every nook and cranny of your home will be touched by renovation. Thus, in site preparation and demolition is important to consider those parts and make action to protect them from the debris and other wreckage that comes with the project. Keep in mind that pieces of equipment will be hauled in and out of your home, so be clear with your contractor on how this will be handled. You will want to limit the damage to other parts of your home and to the exterior, including your yard.

Building Foundation

Should you decide to add another floor to your house, check your foundation. You would not want to compromise safety by starting without knowing if your foundation can carry more weight. However, if remodeling will stick to your current floor plan, then you only need to check the foundation if you will be adding excess weight to your remodeled space.

Framing

Some remodeling projects include room extension, and that means you have to change the framing of your wall, ceiling, and/or roof. This will incur costs, so you better think hard and plan carefully. You will also have to consider framing if you will be adding, moving or removing walls in the existing space.

Electrical

Electrical work is important in remodeling, especially when adding a new room or division to your home. Not only does the space have to be illuminated, but you may want to add cable for telephones, televisions, and computers.

Plumbing

This is essential when you are renovating your bathroom or kitchen to make sure that water reaches the right places. If you are extending your home, you may want to consider whether to add outside faucets and lawn sprinklers as well.


Heating and Cooling

Heating or cooling must also be considered in a remodeling project.  Will you use a central system, with duct work, or go with radiant heating in the floors or walls?  If you are building onto your home, do you need to increase the size of your current system to handle the additional space?

Interiors and Exteriors

The installation of materials, such as sheet rock on the inside walls, and siding on the outside walls should also be considered in a remodeling project.

Finishing and Fixtures

This is where the bulk of your expenses would usually go, especially if you are interested in designer options. At this point, you are no longer thinking about yourself (and your preferences as an owner,) but also about future buyers.

Remodel Payback

It is important to be realistic when it comes to remodel payback. As you are planning your remodel, take the time to become acquainted with the most desirable home designs and  features. If possible, incorporate these into your plans. Think of it as an opportunity that will definitely benefit everyone, especially you.

If you take the time to consider all of these factors in your remodeling plans, you will be well on your way to your new space.  If you would like some help estimating the costs of your remodel, click here to use our free cost calculators.  We also offer remodeling books to help you plan your project.  If you have specific questions, visit our Answer Center, where you can get personal help.