What Are the Best Tips for Home Improvement Remodeling?

Brandi L. Brown
Brandi L. Brown
Home improvements can apply to the outside of a home, as well as the inside.
Home improvements can apply to the outside of a home, as well as the inside.

Home improvement remodeling can make a house more attractive to potential buyers when the house is on the market and can make it more attractive to the home's owners when putting it on the market to buy something new is not an option. The best home improvement remodeling tips for beginners include not taking on projects that are too big, being sure to pre-plan for projects, and knowing when to hire professionals. Making a home better requires extensive organization to get the work done right.

Energy efficiency home improvements, such as switching out aging home appliances for newer energy efficient models is a wise a investment.
Energy efficiency home improvements, such as switching out aging home appliances for newer energy efficient models is a wise a investment.

A common error of remodeling novices is taking on projects that are too large. The best way to avoid making this mistake is to spend some time researching each project before committing to it. Write down the steps to the project, estimate the time it will take to complete each step, and add 20 percent to the time total. Use this number to schedule when the project will be completed. Be realistic about the amount of time available to spend on home improvement remodeling; most people can work for four or five hours at a time before needing a break.

Remodeling an unfinished basement can add value to a home.
Remodeling an unfinished basement can add value to a home.

Among other best tips for home improvement remodeling is pre-planning for all projects. The pre-planning stage is not only about knowing what is needed to complete but also making plans for the work. If the job requires equipment rental, those plans need to be made at least two weeks in advance. Purchasing the supplies for the remodeling work should be done at least three days before the work begins in case there are snags with getting anything. A final piece of pre-planning is writing out each step, who will complete the step, and what materials it requires.

Some remodeling projects should be completed by a licensed contractor.
Some remodeling projects should be completed by a licensed contractor.

Knowing when to hire professionals also is an important home improvement remodeling tip. Most local governments require that professionals do plumbing, electrical and other licensed work. Beyond those basics, a person may find that it makes more sense to hire professionals than to take on work he or she will be unlikely to complete. Projects such as retiling a bathroom need to be completed quickly to have the house in working order. In those cases, weighing the cost of the professional against any additional expenses incurred for not being able to use one’s home can help determine whether it makes sense to hire a professional.

Some areas require professional plumbers for all but the most basic tasks.
Some areas require professional plumbers for all but the most basic tasks.

Evaluating, researching, and planning a project will help make it go more smoothly. Home improvement remodeling takes a firm commitment of time and money. A person who can prepare properly for a home improvement remodeling project can see great benefit for less money.

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    • Home improvements can apply to the outside of a home, as well as the inside.
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      Home improvements can apply to the outside of a home, as well as the inside.
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      Some remodeling projects should be completed by a licensed contractor.
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      Some areas require professional plumbers for all but the most basic tasks.