Lack of Inventory Impact!
There really is a lack of housing inventory. A quick aside. If you are considering the sale of your house – please call me. Now is one of those awesome times when you can get a fabulous price, even multiple offers. Now back to the regularly scheduled program on home improvement remodeling. If you are not moving, making a change to your Boulder abode makes perfect sense. Its really the perfect time.
Laundry List Of Projects
We just did this. We walked about and talked about all the features we wish our house had. Lighting in this room. Changes to the kitchen there. A finished basement. Along that line of thought, sometimes the best improvement is really a big change. Visit the National Association of Remodeling Industry to get even more ideas. But to start, write out your reasons for the project.
Specify Remodeling Goals
What’s the plan boss? Are you hoping to update your 1950’s kitchen to be a shiny modern mid-century delight or are you trying to make your new house simply feel like home? A written list of hopes, dreams, goals is going to help.
I’ve had clients create dream boards as part of the home improvement remodeling process.
Or create a spreadsheet. Or make a pinterest page and fill it with ideas of what you covet. Somewhere, somehow, get an idea in some sort of written/printed format you can share with your team!
Once you have your home improvement remodeling vision, you need to work on the budget. Something I console home owners on is being wary of removing things like a bathtub. Why? Well, anything could be under it. Even water damage.
So, if you are gung ho on a big bath remodel, work with your remodel expert to craft a best case/worst case budget. What if you have to make structural changes or run into something unexpected? Does that worst case scenario impact your interest in going forward?
A budget will also help you in selecting finishes. A couple of years ago, we added under mount lighting in the kitchen. As the quotes arrived, we made decisions about our must-haves (better overall light, 42″ cabinetry, slab granite) and the features we could live without.
Hire The A-Team
I’m not suggesting you get Mr. T — am I dating myself here? But you do want to make certain you have the best professionals onboard to help you with your project. For a major project – a kitchen, moving walls, a dramatic bath remodel — consider enlisting an architect. Going this route can add ten percent to the project, but also can allow for a real transformation.
A few years back, clients Jason and Allyson really transformed the layout of their rental. By changing the interior layout, they moved from a tired floor plan to a contemporary layout. Their architect ditched the centrally located bathroom and lack of overall light. The new plan moved the 1/2 bath to the back of the kitchen, near the garage door.
And because they had budgeted ahead of time, there were no terrible surprises. Check out that story! Of course, in Boulder there can be a lot of rules associated with a home improvement remodeling project. Read up on navigating the process when you plan to move exterior walls!!
Communication Is Job # 1
As you get underway on a project, big or small, communication is important. I’ve found, for some projects, being present is best. On others, when its going to be weeks of work, having a plan for good lines of communication is key. Be sure to specify the best way to reach you – text, talk, smoke signal.
Many of the contractors I’ve worked with guarantee their work. But getting someone that is in demand to come back to a completed project to fix one last thing – especially after you paid – can be frustrating. So even as the dust is settling on your project, be sure to walk the space and make a written list of issues.
When we embarked on a kitchen home improvement remodeling project, we wanted it completed quickly so we could get back to eating in our own space. I recall one day my friend Charlie came through town with the family in a honkin big RV. Thankfully they slept in their RV the one night they visited. But in the morning, we were prepping breakfast on wood planks were our countertops were missing.
Still, we didn’t want to rush that phase of the work. We stayed calm and each day walked the kitchen to make certain our contractors were completing the project the way we envisioned it. Our story started with a minor remodel and ended with the purchase of a kitchen on Facebook.
Realtor Bob Gordon Recommends…
- Mark Ferguson, who has remodeled over 100 houses, wrote this article about what to expect as far as a timeline goes for your remodel!
- Nathan Garrett wrote this great article – providing tips for saving space in your kitchen! He also writes about utilizing virtual home remodeling websites to help you make decisions.
- Seth Williams wrote about his experience using Modsy, a virtual remodeling service that created a beautiful design for his new office!
- Xavier de Buck writes about 5 renovation mistakes that sellers tend to make when selling their home. Read it here.