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How to Remodel a House: 3 Steps to Start

South Land Remodeling answers the popular question, “I want to renovate my house, where do I start?”

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Getting started on your home remodeling project can be a daunting task regardless of its size and scope—whether it be a complete home renovation or a kitchen remodel. With decades of experience in remodels South Land Remodeling’s understands why people commonly ask, “I want to renovate my house, where do I start?”

Read on to learn the answer to that important question as well as tips on seamlessly beginning your house renovation process.

The Initial Steps to Remodeling a House

The initial steps to remodeling a house involve careful planning and researching to ensure the remodel project is set up for success. This due diligence will typically apply to all home remodeling projects, including but not limited to:

The three steps to kick off the job are:

1. Set a Budget

Once you’ve identified the home remodeling projects you’d like to complete, it’s time to set a budget.

Building a budget requires decisions on the final amount you want to spend on the overall home renovation project. To get this number, South Land Remodeling can help map out costs and needs for the aspects involved in your specific remodel. Alternatively, you can research average renovation costs in your area or use Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report to get rough estimates (though these aren’t always entirely accurate). Shop for any cosmetic finishes you want to get a sense of their cost as well.

When calculating your budget, ensure you account for hidden costs, such as water issues or pest damage. Zillow suggests factoring in an additional 10-20% of the budget for these potential costs.

During this step and depending on what you need done, you may want to consider financing. How much do you have to spend right now? How much will you need to finance? Research various lenders to establish the best financing options (ex. HELOCs) for your needs.

2. Research & Find the Right General Contractor

Homeowners should complete comprehensive research on a variety of general contractors. Begin by reviewing the contractors’ reviews and references online. Also explore their online presence, such as their website and social media to get a sense of their experience and professionalism.

Equally important, check to ensure the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured.

Then, narrow the list down to three to five general contractors. Meet with at least three and ask any questions you may have. Compare prices and up-front costs to ensure it fits within your budget. Read the written contracts to ensure they protect you and the contractor.

After this contractor review, go with your gut and choose the best general contractor for you and your remodel.

3. Plan for Permitting

Permit planning is one step many homeowners forget to factor into their budgets and timelines when beginning the remodeling process. Review permit costs and processes in your area to gain a better understanding of how they’ll impact your budget and project timeline. When you’ve hired a contractor, consult with them and begin the permitting process to ensure it does not significantly impact your remodel plan.

South Land Remodeling is a 5-star, licensed, bonded and insured general contractor with more than 25 years of experience. If you’re looking to remodel your home, contact South Land Remodeling today for a free home remodeling quote.


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