So you’ve finally found your dream home! A sweet little Nashville bungalow that has seen better days, but you love it. When you bought it, you knew it would need some work, and now it’s time.
The very first thing you will want to do before you start is to assess the scope of the work you will be undertaking. Is this a DIY project, or will you need professional help? Start with a dream list, which should be made up of everything you might consider remodeling. Once you have a good idea of where to start and what to start on, you can create a timeline for each project, and a schedule so that you are aware of what needs to be done first.
When you consider the size of the project, you should also consider how much money will be going into it. If it’s a larger one, the oversight of a General Contractor might be a really smart idea, even if it will be more expensive. Mistakes can be costly and hard to fix! Your General Contractor will be the one who contacts and schedules all the rest of the subcontractors; these will specialize in areas that require specialization, and a good GC will know who are the best at what they do and who to avoid. The contractor will also be responsible for keeping all the trades on schedule, which can be a job in and of itself!
Make sure you interview at least three prospective General Contractors and do your homework – check reputations and backgrounds as well as you can. If you don’t feel good about someone, don’t hesitate to move on to someone else! Having several companies bidding on your work will drive down the price, as well.
Have your budget set right from the beginning, so that you can make sure it stays under control. Unexpected things will come up, so just know that and plan for it. Tag a few of your dream projects as things you can choose to save for later, if costs are prohibitive. Your budget should include absolutely everything you will be paying for, from materials to rentals to hauling away trash.
It is a good idea to open up a bank account strictly for the renovation funds. It will be a lot easier to keep track of where money is going, and to track particular expenses. A high-yield savings account will help your money grow while you are watching your projects be completed one by one. Keep all your receipts!
This is the perfect time to clean and purge your spaces. Get rid of all the clutter you have accumulated over time!
Be patient, and watch your home be transformed. You will look back on this as a positive experience once the work is done to your satisfaction.
If you are looking for a General Contractor for your renovation needs, keep us here at Ascension General Contractors in mind!