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What are typical steps for a home remodeling project?

Asked by Trulia Washington DC, Charlotte, NC Mon Apr 15, 2013

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1. Develop a clear sense of your end goals. Solidify your ideas by looking at shelter magazines and design and architecture publications and websites. Visiting open houses can also help.
2. Hire an architect. Find someone who has worked in your area, whose portfolio includes projects that reflect your style, and who has strong recommendations from past clients.
3. Retain a builder. As with your architect, the builder's experience in the area and his clients' recommendations are key.
4. Get a preliminary estimate of costs, based on general concepts.
5. Modify your plans and goals based on the relationship between costs and your budget
6. You're ready to go with the fun part: design. The architect will lead you along the way.
7. Obtain necessary building permits. Because your architect and builder are local, they will be very familiar with local building codes and restrictions -- saving you big money but NOT proposing something that want get approved. They will lead you through the permitting process.
8. Once permits are received, construction can be scheduled and you are off to the races!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 15, 2013
I've never done a big remodeling project before. I want to do a kitchen remodel though. I want to make sure I take all of the right steps so that it is successful. Thanks for posting this answer. I agree that it's a good idea to develop a sense of your end goals.
Flag Fri Nov 7, 2014
This is a great list of how to do a home remodeling project. I think having that direction of an end goal is a very key part in doing a successful job. There are many professionals you can hire to help assist you.
Flag Fri Oct 24, 2014
Thank you for posting such a detailed answer. I am moving next year, and I want to remodel my kitchen. I think that I will get considerably more money if I do. The area I am moving to has a higher cost of living.
Flag Sat Oct 18, 2014
1. List your wishes- how do you want to utilize the space
2. Nail the budget- come up with a number you won't lose sleep over
3. Hire an owner's rep- someone that designs/does the building process
4. Get a scaled plan
5. Get secured permits
6. Check with insurance agent
7. Order everything
8. Paint/Flooring and then add in appliances etc.
9. Finishing touches
10. Reappraise your home
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 6, 2015
Have you contacted a contractor recently? They do this kind of thing all the time and would be a really good source to contact. What types of renovations are you planning on doing? If it's just a simple add-on, then it shouldn't be too much work.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 6, 2015
It very typical steps in my house remodelling. i was found first good Contractor who have give me good remodelling in particular time period . than after contractor I have remodelling plan of view in computer after remodelling my house how to view than we work with him. after all discussion about money how many money spend in may house remodelling. after some changes we work on this site. that are very typical steps in-house remodelling.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 5, 2015
It depends upon what exactly you are talking about. If you are thinking of remodeling that involves possibly breaking down walls, etc. you will want to contact a local architect. If it's just remodeling a kitchen or bathroom without making any structural changes, then you might want to contact some contractors recommended by neigbors, realtors, etc. or going to a kitchen store, for example and getting the professionals to give you some drawings of possibilities.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 9, 2014
Verify with the city to make sure a permit is not required for some of the work you will doing especially if you will be adding on to the existing house.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 17, 2014
I agree that making sure a permit is not required in your area is a very important thing to keep in mind. You can find a few different home remodeling companies in your area and compare different quotes. Going with the cheapest option isn't always the best, though. You want to find a service that balances quality and affordability.
Flag Tue Dec 16, 2014
This! I can't emphasize it enough. The city won't care if something cost you thousands of dollars-- if you didn't get a permit, you can't keep it up. It may last for a while, but it'll come back to bite you when you try and sell your house. It's always better to do home improvement right. |
Flag Wed Dec 10, 2014
Start by knowing what you want the finished product to look like. Also have a budget in mind, try to stick to it as best you can. Get some bids from different home remodeling contractors and work from there. It can be a long process depending on the size of the project.
Michael Foster
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 29, 2014
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