Unless you’re independently wealthy or related to an architect or a contractor, the home remodeling process might seem like an expensive, scary labyrinth full of pitfalls and dead ends. It doesn’t have to be. Don’t be intimidated by construction jargon or the task of getting your wants communicated. There are some quick and easy ways to make sure you get what you want out of your next remodel.
Set Your Ideas To Paper
We’re not all as articulate as we’d like to be and when dealing with concrete ideas, so it’s best to use concrete media to communicate. To help yourself out, measure your rooms and use grid paper to draw out your house. Come up with a scale, like having each grid square equal to two square feet, so that you can be sure you and the contractor are thinking in terms of the same size and dimensions.
Get An Estimate Before You Go To The Bank
Depending on your remodeling project, you’ll likely want to talk to an electrician, a plumber, and a contractor to find out their estimates for how much your remodel will cost. If you or a family member can do some of the work yourself, you could save yourself some substantial money, so ask around first. Remember that contractors are often willing to negotiate on price.
Get A Loan 10% Higher Than The Estimate
You’ve heard the old adage about the best laid plans of mice and men—they often go astray. So no matter how sure you are about how much your project will cost, apply for a loan 10% higher. If you don’t end up using it, you can always pay the extra back immediately.
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