By Eileen Narozny, Owner / Decorator, Interiors Designed by Eileen, LLC
Today’s savvy homebuyers have been taking advantage of the recent economic downtown and the housing market is finally gaining momentum. This surge in new home and resale purchases has created a niche for the remodeling market, especially the abandoned and neglected foreclosed homes. The bulk of these homes were left in a state of distress with a multitude of “big ticket” items in need of repair.
Consider the following questions regarding your home: Are you happy with your home? Is there something that you would really like to change? Is there a room in your home that is really worn or outdated? Do you need an area for your children to play? Do you need to create an in-law suite? Do you need to update the look of your home before you put it on the market? Keep in mind that these are only a few of the reasons why homeowners make the decision to tackle remodeling projects. Think about how you would answer these questions and make a list of any other reasons “Why” you would consider a remodeling project.
Whether your home is new or aging, remodel projects can range from simply changing paint colors or adding custom window treatments to brighten up your space; too projects as complex as remodeling a kitchen, bathroom or adding an addition to your home. But where should you begin? What you decide to do is a personal choice and something that needs to be agreed upon by your family.
Once you agree on why you need to remodel your home you have to make the decision of “What” to remodel. At this stage of your planning it helps to prioritize your projects. Think about what is most important to your family. You need to weigh your options and consider your budget and timeframe for each project you deem necessary to improve your home.
Once you have narrowed down what you need or want to do, you have to develop a plan of attack. You need to decide “How” to execute your remodel plan. Do you have vision or do you need help from a professional? It helps if you gather ideas for your project by attending local home shows and collecting pictures of things that you like. Gathering these ideas ahead of time will help you with your project’s vision. It will help both you and the professionals you hire to assist or complete the project with your preferences in mind and give them a sense of your decorating style.
Next, you have to determine a budget for your project. You need to consider how much you can afford to spend on the project. Also, do you have the money available or do you need to apply for a loan? Establishing a timeframe is for the project is also important. We all have limits, and you need to know just how long you are willing to be inconvenienced while the work going on in your home. Once you have your plan, budget and timeframe the work begins finding the right professionals to complete the job. However, before hiring a professional, you need to do your homework. If your project requires any type of construction, contact your local building inspector’s office and explain the scope of your project. Find out if you need permits to complete the work and if there are any building codes that your project must meet. Ask how the process works and when to expect inspections on the project.
The final stage is hiring the professional to complete the work. It is usually helpful to get a few estimates for the job. Don’t be shy; ask for references and most importantly ask for a copy of their business license and insurance.
The final step is to sit back and relax while the project is being completed.
For more information and a free in home consultation, contact Eileen Narozny, Owner / Decorator Interiors Designed by Eileen, LLC at (407) 488-2590 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit my website at http://interiorsdesignedbyeileen.com.