Thinking About Home Remodeling? Start Here

Consumer Remodeling
Contact: Anna Briseno
Senior Director, External Communications
(202) 266-8132

Sooner or later you may join the millions of people who remodel their homes each year. Perhaps it’s at that moment when you realize that avocado green and harvest gold are no longer the “in” colors for today’s trendy kitchens. Or maybe you have an epiphany one day as you stand in line to use your own bathroom. Whatever the impetus, the thought crosses your mind: Maybe it’s time to start a home remodel. The reasons for home remodeling are as varied as the projects we undertake.

Some of these include:

  • Adding more space
  • Upgrading cabinets, counters, appliances and fixtures
  • Creating a floor plan that’s customized for your lifestyle
  • Improving energy efficiency with new windows, doors, insulation, and climate control systems
  • Increasing the resale value of your home

Where to Begin

Looking to get started on that remodeling project? The first step is to develop an idea of what you want to do with your home remodel. Write a prioritized list of your needs and wants. There are many sources to find design ideas for your home remodeling project. Look at magazines and websites and collect pictures of homes or remodeling projects you like. The more clearly you can envision the project and describe it on paper, the better prepared you’ll be in making your decision.

Think about traffic patterns, furniture size and placement, colors, lighting and how you expect to use the remodeled space. If your decision to remodel involves creating better access for someone with limited mobility, you may want to consider contacting a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist.

You may want to improve home efficiency and hire a professional remodeler for green home remodeling. These projects include replacing windows and doors, upgrading heating and cooling systems, adding insulation, and other remodeling to make the home more energy-efficient, easier to maintain, and comfortable.

Figure out how much money you have to spend on the home remodeling job, furnishings, landscaping or any other cost you might incur.

Benefits of Home Remodeling

Home remodels can be great project for homeowners, whether you are painting the walls a new color, changing light fixtures, or adding a new room or bedroom, ideas for renovation can be a daunting task.

Setting Priorities and Budgeting for your Project

Even if you are hiring contractors for your house, it is still up to you to set priorities and stay on top of your budget.

How to Maximize the Return on Your Investment

The smallest things can make a difference in your remodeling. Whether you replace an appliance or simply just change the layout of your kitchen, these are all renovating tools that you can utilize as a homeowner.

Can You Do it Yourself?

Once you have created your list of priorities, you’ll need to decide how to accomplish that vision. For the handyman or woman, a do-it-yourself project can be both rewarding and cost-effective. However, more than 30% of all jobs home remodelers perform come from failed DIY projects.

Hiring a professional remodeler is the best way to ensure your project’s success. These remodelers are dedicated to maintaining the highest integrity and standards in the industry.

If you decide to hire a professional, your next steps should include learning how to:

Are You Looking for a Home Builder or Remodeler Near You? Contact your local home builders association to find a list of qualified professionals.