5 Ways to Stick to Your Remodeling Goals
Whether you’re planning a kitchen remodel or renovating your master bathroom, there are many choices to be made. From the overall design, to little decisions about fixtures and finishes, the entire process can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to expect. We believe that the more you know in advance, the better you will be able to make important decisions that can impact your satisfaction and your budget. Let’s look at 5 things to think about that will help you stick to your remodeling goals.
#1: Decide WHY you’re remodeling.
You should never embark on a new remodeling project without first knowing exactly what you hope to accomplish in the process. After all, if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know the steps to get there? Here are some common reasons why homeowners remodel:
- Increase overall living space
- Improve energy efficiency and save money
- Re-design a room’s layout for improved function and efficiency
- Make interior or exterior improvements to increase resale value
Regardless of your reason to remodel, simply knowing it will help guide your decisions all along the way.
#2: Plan for unforeseen expenses.
As any professional remodeling company will tell you, it can be difficult to predict overall renovation costs with 100% accuracy. This is because remodeling often includes unforeseen circumstances that no one knows about until the project gets going. For example, there could be mold or faulty wiring inside a wall, something that isn’t visible until demo day.
What’s the best way to deal with contingencies? Plan for them! That means determining your overall remodeling budget and then subtracting out about 20%. Plan your remodel around that new number and save the 20% for additionals that may come up along the way.
#3: Make a list of your priorities.
Remodeling can be very exciting. It can also be stressful, especially with so many decisions to make, sometimes under a time crunch. You’ll be able to achieve your remodeling goals much easier if at the beginning, you prioritize your wants and/or needs. That way, when new opportunities or decisions come up, you can see where they fit in your priority list and make better decisions. This is a great way to help you stick to your remodeling budget!
#4: Write your goals down.
Some people would say that a goal is just a wish if it’s not written down, along with a time frame and specific actions to achieve it. We agree, especially when it comes to remodeling goals. Write them down and share a copy with your remodeling contractor. That way, everyone will be on the same page and working toward the same end.
#5: Check-in on your goal progress throughout the project.
One benefit of writing your goals and priorities down is that you can easily refer back to them as your remodeling project goes along. Look at them often and see which ones you can check off as completed. If work moves quickly and many decisions have to be made in a short period of time, it’ll be easy to look at your written goals and make sure that the quick decisions you’re making are fitting in with your intentions.
At Sea Pointe, we want you to be 100% satisfied with any remodeling project you choose to do with us. Our expert designers know how to help you combine your wants and needs to give you the results you’re looking for. And, our professional builders make the design a reality for you to enjoy for years to come. Give us a call at (949) 861-3400 to get started today!