Because the vast majority of us aren’t building contractors, it’s easier to be overcharged by some unscrupulous company or to have work done that we didn’t really need. But if you do your homework and follow the tips listed below, you’ll be in a better position to ensure that your project is completed successfully without incurring unnecessary costs.
- Avoid home remodeling financing whenever possible. One of the best ways to save money is to save interest. When interest is involved, it increases the cost of the complete project. You won’t be getting anything more for the added amount you will be paying – except a higher number on your bills.
- Make sure that you plan ahead. The better you plan and schedule, the simpler things will be. You don’t need to plan every detail right down to the second – especially because it’s impossible to predict exactly how long everything will take – but as long as you have the right order of things and a vague idea of the schedule, you’ll be able to advance forward with less effort, and without having to take a step backward needlessly.
- Inspect your foundation before remodeling your basement. Many homes have at least part of their foundation underground. Time, temperature changes, moisture, along with other factors can cause stress-fractures to the foundation that may not be obvious unless they are carefully hunted down. Examine your foundation yourself or – preferably – hire an expert to ensure that it is in good shape before you start pouring money into your basement renovation. The last thing you want is to have to rip it all up when problems start occurring.
- Get the best flooring you can afford for your bathroom. Since your bathroom is undoubtedly a little space when compared with other rooms of your house, you may have a bit more wiggle room with regards to the type of flooring you select. Make your bathroom into a home spa by selecting high quality water-resistant tiles in ceramic, marble, or stone, and contemplate subfloor heating coils to keep your feet warm on those hard surfaces. This will add to your enjoyment of the room and improve your home’s value.
- Use bright stark lighting when sanding drywall. As you go through the sanding process, either continually or intermittently check your work with a very bright light such as that provided by halogen lightbulbs. This, combined with verifying smoothness with your hand, will ensure that you don’t miss anything that couldn’t be spotted in regular illumination.