Home Remodeling Checklist of Importance
A home remodeling project can be as simple as updating your kitchen cabinets with a fresh coat of paint or as involved as adding an indoor pool and bathhouse. All remodeling projects have common elements, however. Having a good idea of the total cost, how long the project will last, and whether you can do some or all of the work can keep nasty surprises to a minimum.
Most homeowners don’t have an unlimited remodeling budget. Before you hire a designer or architect to draw up costly plans, prioritize your project wants and needs into categories of things you want the most, things that would be nice but not essential, and things you want to avoid. If you’re a culinary goddess, a commercial stove might be on your “Must Have” list, while an under-counter wine cooler might go on the “Nice but Not Essential” list. Once you list the items, you can move them around as your budget permits.
The standard procedure is to get three bids for each area in which you need a contractor. The trick to getting accurate bids is to give each contractor a detailed bid sheet that lists everything you want to be done, right down to the smallest detail. Specify materials, fixtures, windows, doors, and accessories by brand and by quality. Without a detailed bid sheet, each contractor is free to estimate the cost of different materials and fixtures, and you won’t get an apples-to-apples comparison of bids.
You can save money by doing part of the work yourself, unless the project involves wiring, plumbing, or working with specialty materials, such as insulating with pressurized foam. Figuring material costs is an essential part of pre-project planning. Take your project plans to a local lumberyard and get a materials bid for the most accurate tally. The lumberyard figures all the lumber, windows, flooring and other materials and supplies to complete the project and provide a package price. If you want to purchase materials this way, ask to “lock in” on the price, which means you commit to buying the materials at the price you’ve been given. If you don’t lock in, the prices could rise and you could end up paying more.
Renovating a bathroom can be overwhelming. You have to decide how much you can spend, select the right products, and determine if you’re going to change the layout.
And that’s often before you call a contractor.
To ensure that your Prescott bathroom renovation runs smoothly, here’s a checklist to keep your project on track. Remember: A successful renovation is all about smart timing.
Bathroom remodeling consists more than simply replacing various fixtures in the bathroom. This usually involves a different design layout, relocation of existing fixtures or adding major new features such as a whirlpool, sauna, steam room, walk-in shower, windows other than replacements or skylights. Most bathroom remodeling projects usually include some form of expansion. Thus walls and closets are taken out and moved to the new layout design.
Electrical Upgrading and Rewiring
When it comes to minor electrical upgrades and remodeling projects, less is often more. That is, the less you can mess with the existing fixtures and wiring, the better. If something is unsafe or improperly wired, of course, you should replace it. But if you just need to add a light here, an outlet there, it can pay to look for ways to streamline the process. We tend to think room by room, forgetting that an interior wall is nothing more than some framing and two layers of drywall (or plaster). Electrical wiring runs inside the walls and can be accessed from either side. So if you need to add an outlet (receptacle) to a room that has no nearby outlets, check the opposite side of the wall. If there’s an outlet (or a light switch) close by, you can cut a hole in the wall behind the outlet box to tap into the circuit.
Amateur, non-permitted electrical work in residences isn’t uncommon. For small jobs, like adding an outlet, it’s likely that you don’t even need a permit to do the work. However, for more major electrical work, like adding new circuits or installing a subpanel, you most certainly will need a permit. And permits usually mean working with a licensed electrician.