"Remodeling your home is a great way to increase the value before selling, especially if you're selling to downsize into a tiny house. Here we talk about 8 crucial steps to remodel your home."

How to Remodel Your Entire Home: 8 Crucial Steps

Renovating your home is such an exhilarating experience, but it can be a difficult task to tackle. It sometimes just seems so hard to put together a cohesive-looking space that’s just the perfect blend of all of the wonderful designs and styles you’ve seen online, while also focusing on the usefulness and functionality. It’s especially hard if you’re fully renovating; because let’s face it, it’s not cheap nor easy to just completely refurbish your entire home at once. It’s just so overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you do it? Here are 8 steps about remodeling that you just need to know.

1. Plan Your Finances

The first, and most important step of your home remodeling journey is definitely to create a plan. House renovations are almost impossible and way too expensive if you just do it out of the blue, with no order or plan. What is it that you want to do, and how do you want to do it? It all needs to start with a plan.

Your home remodeling plan should start with a budget. It’s always good to create an ideal budget, and a maximum, so you don’t just accidentally go overboard. Don’t forget to set aside some money in case some unexpected costs come around. 

2. Focus on Details

When remodeling, you need to consider everything. When you have your budget laid out, you should think of a timeline, so you would have a general idea of the amount of time your remodeling project would take. You want to know how much time you’re willing to spend on it. It’s also good practice to figure out what you can remodel and rework yourself, and which parts of your remodeling journey require hiring a contractor, and how much time it would take. And of course try to go as detailed as possible, as that way you’ll be able to avoid mistakes. 

3. Permits and Legality

Another important thing to note is to make sure you have a permit for the construction work you’re doing. If you’re doing any kind of demolition, it often requires having a certain permit, and a decent amount of paperwork. It’s important to research it all before you rush into remodeling your home and collect everything necessary.  These things do change from time to time, so be sure you’re following the newest regulations in your area, as these things all vary depending on the place you’re in. You’re already spending money on remodeling, you don’t need additional legal fees to put a toll on your wallet!

4. Think Long Term

One of the first things you need to figure out when you’re deciding on remodeling your home is if your remodeling job is purely cosmetic, or if you also need to change up the plumbing, heat, and electricity. This is a common practice, especially in most parts of Australia. Think about the longevity of your house. If you’re remodeling, you probably plan on staying there for a long while, so make sure everything is in proper shape and able to last, especially rooms like the kitchen and bathroom that use these utilities the most. And if you decide to resell your house, a lot of builders like this bathroom renovation company from Sydney state that a home with a recently remodeled bathroom can sell way higher than a house with an aging bathroom. That’s one of the reasons why you should consider investing in a new utility system. However, if you plan for your remodeling to be purely cosmetic, it isn’t a bad idea either! Just figure out your priorities.

5. Have A Vision

When you have all the paperwork and your budget laid out, it’s time to focus on the fun part! What’s your dream home like? What are the styles and the aesthetics that you enjoy, and want to incorporate in your living space? And most importantly what kind of house fits your lifestyle? Having a clear vision in mind will help you immensely when it comes to buying furniture later and decorating your home. Making a Pinterest board, or a mood board in any way, is always a good idea, as it lays it all down, and shows you what speaks to you, furniture-wise.

6. Know Your Limits

We all love a good remodeling tv show. They all make it seem so easy. But they’re often lying to you. They make certain things look so easy and simple as if you can do it all by yourself. But the reality is you probably can’t. That’s why it’s a good thing to know where you stand with remodeling and leave the things you cannot do to experts. You don’t want to make a mistake and have to pay extra just to fix it when it could’ve been avoided in the first place.

7. Be Prepared For Discomfort

One of the reasons we mentioned creating a timeline early on is because living in a home that’s getting remodeled isn’t the most comfortable thing in the universe. In fact, it’s not comfortable at all, and it’s very frustrating. Sadly, not everyone has the opportunity to live someplace else while the remodeling takes place, so you need to know how much discomfort can you take, and be truly prepared for all of it. It’s not going to be the most comfortable process, but it’s going to be so worth it once you have finished. 

8. Trust The Process

At first, it’s all going to look messy. You might start doubting yourself or even wondering why you’re doing all of it. And of course, things are bound to go wrong. Not all of them, of course, but not everything will be ideal. That’s why you need to trust the process because it all truly does come together in the end. So try to avoid the stress!

This is all a very overwhelming experience, as we already said above. It’s not easy. It’s frustrating. But it’s so worth it in the end when you finally wake up in the home of your dreams, living a life you’ve always wanted to. So try not to overthink and stress out. Believe in your vision, don’t give up on your dreams, and pull through. If you follow these eight steps, you’ll be more than prepared for your remodeling journey. And you’ll be unstoppable.

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Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie is the content curator and resource hoarder of all things tiny houses. She believes everyone can live a sustainable lifestyle, no matter the size of your house. Connect with Stephanie through LinkedIn or her done-for-you marketing agency, Employed By Life Online.
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