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Remodeling your home is not just a big financial investment, but an emotional one as well. It is important to know exactly what you want done, and how much you’d like to spend. Below are a few questions that you should always ask yourself before starting a major home remodeling project.

Do you need repairs done along with the remodel?

Homeowners will often times begin remodeling, only to find that there are important repairs that need to be done before the project can be completed. If this happens, it can throw off your entire budget and remodel timeline. By doing a little homework before you being remodeling, you can save yourself a lot of time and money. Before purchasing any supplies or looking for a contractor, be sure to find out what repairs may need to be done first.

What can you afford within your budget?

It is important to do research and plan ahead of time so you can establish a budget you are comfortable with and not regret in the near future. Just simply knowing that you did not pay more than you could afford will help you enjoy your newly remodeled home even more. You will also want to ask yourself if you plan on selling your home soon. If so, this could potentially affect your remodel budgeting.

Do you plan on moving soon?

If you plan on moving soon, you will generally want to focus on remodels that will increase the resale value of your home. Kitchen and bathroom remodels are typically known for adding the most value. However, if you plan on living in your home long term, you can focus your remodeling more towards a customized look and feel.

How long will the remodel take?

Another part of your research will include establishing a timetable for your remodel. You don’t want to be in a situation where you are using a bathroom that is torn up for 6 months or longer. The longer a project takes to do, the greater the chance of unexpected repairs.

Can one contractor do all the work?

Typically, you don’t want to be in a situation where you have to hire multiple contractors to do one job. This can get very expensive and cause a lot of frustration. It is well worth the time and effort to search for a contractor that can design the project and see it through until the very end.

Remodeling your home requires a good amount of research and planning. Be sure to ask yourself all the questions above, and remember to stay within your planned budget.

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