Guest Post: What You Should Know Before Remodeling Your Home

Home remodeling season is in full swing as we head into the later months of the year and
prepare for winter. However, a new kitchen or bathroom does not appear overnight, and there is
a serious amount of planning that should go into your renovation blueprints. With shows like
Property Brothers making renovation look like a cakewalk, there are necessary precautions that
should be taken prior to the start of your project that they don’t always show on television.
Check out these four tips you should keep in mind before you begin your remodeling work.

1. Have A Set Plan

It is important to figure out what you would like your remodeled space to look like before
you begin. Whether it is paint color, carpeting, or appliances, having a solidified vision in
mind is vital. Do not try to take on too much work at once, as remodeling projects
typically take longer than expected and a rushed project will end up being botched.
Celebrate small victories and make sure to always take a step back and look at the big
picture. By taking the time to plan your remodel and focus on one task at a time, the
completed project should be everything you expected it to be.

2. Understand The Risks

Home remodeling is a rewarding learning experience when done by yourself, but what
you may not realize is the potential threat remodeling can have on your health. Prior to
1980, a large majority of homes were built with Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACM).
These materials were used during construction in in products including insulation, roof
shingles, and flooring. If you live in an older home and your remodeling project involves
going through walls or replacing insulation, having a home inspection done is a top
priority. When asbestos becomes disturbed, the fibers can become airborne and enter
the body through inhalation or ingestion, then becoming lodged in the lining of internal
organs. Exposure to the toxin could potentially lead to tumors and a variety of cancers,
ranging from mesothelioma to lung cancer, over the course of 10 to 50 years. Avoiding
exposure to the toxin is vital, as the average life expectancy for a mesothelioma patient
is 6-12 months.

Along with asbestos, another health threat associated with remodeling is the presence of
lead. Although the use of lead in household paint products was banned in 1978, it was
used in many older homes. If you are going to be sanding or repainting walls, be weary
of the paint that is already covering them. If this paint begins to deteriorate, toxic lead
dust can enter the air and be inhaled. Lead has been linked to both short- and long-term
health problems, ranging from throat irritation to memory loss. It is especially important
to keep children out of remodeling areas, as lead dust has more serious effects on their
developmental growth.

3. Determine A Budget

Understanding how much you can afford to put into a remodeling project is arguably
more important than the physical labor. So many projects go uncompleted due to lack of
funds, and once the money runs out, motivation is lost, which could put the project on
the backburner for a long time. While having everything you desire in your completed
project would be ideal, it is oftentimes not possible. Prior to construction, figure out what
is most important to you and, if your funds allow, splurge on a couple of things on your
wishlist. For other minor aspects of your remodeling efforts, finding cheaper alternatives
is a great way to cut costs. Whether it be laminate flooring or faux granite countertops,
the alternatives that cost less sometimes look better than the real deal.

4. Consult With A Professional

If at any point you feel like the project is too big of a commitment, consult with a trained
professional. Someone who knows the ins and outs of the home renovation business will
be able to help you with your plan, and most likely improve upon it. In many situations,
hiring a professional may even cost the same amount as it would for you to do the work
yourself if you set a reasonable budget. Not to mention, hiring a professional will save a
substantial amount of time, ensure less mistakes are made and guarantee the finished product is something you’ll be eager to show off to
your friends.

Get Started

You have devised a plan, had your home tested, and figured out a suitable budget. All that is left
now is for the work to begin! Follow your plan and budget closely, and if changes need to be
made, adjust accordingly.

Remodeling projects for fall, keeping up with the neighbors, and other links

The night air is starting to chill across the country, while the rest of us in the Valley of the Sun continue to bake. But just because fall is starting everywhere else doesn’t mean we have to sit out for all the fun.

The time to start is now if you hope to get a home improvement project finished before the holidays. This article from the Shreveport Times spotlights a few projects that are popular for autumn, including replacing windows, strengthening the roof, sprucing up patios, and getting started on any additions.

No matter where you start, it’s a good idea to enlist the help of experts and make sure the whole house conforms to the same theme and flow.

Award-winning interior designer Marie Flanigan outlines her strategy to the Houston Chronicle, saying it is important to pay attention to architectural details, color, light, scale, and texture no matter the size of your project.

And don’t worry about trying to entice Flanigan from the Houston area. We know a designer that will definitely rock your world.

Lastly, we know remodeling inspiration comes in many forms. But it seems more people are comfortable admitting they are trying to keep up with the neighbors.

According to this article, just under half of folks, 48 percent, admit to beginning a remodel because they are envious of a neighbor, friend or relative’s house. Also, 42 percent say they feel competition to have the nicest house in the neighborhood.

Have a great week!

Remodeling advice for empty nesters and other links

School has started for many homeowners, which means more people are getting their first taste of being empty nesters.

Don’t fret! Some good can come out of the adjustment period.

Many people use an empty house as a tool to improve their living space. This article outlines several ideas for empty nesters, including investing in finer furniture, installing new flooring, repurposing children’s bedrooms, updating your entertaining space, or taking care of projects to boost your resale value.

Without kids and young adults to put wear and tear on your house, now is the time to remodel the house to your particular taste. Go wild!

If smaller projects are more your speed, don’t worry because we have ideas for you too.

As this article points out, many homeowners will use a remodel of a powder room as an opportunity to experiment with high-end finishes and bright colors since the space is small and mostly for guests.

Furthermore, many homeowners can use the powder room as a testing ground for things they might want to use in the rest of the house down the road.

Finally, if you just want to see what other people are doing, we have a list of six remodeling trends for 2018.

The list covers both inside and outside of the house, so you are sure to find something you enjoy.

Have a good week!