10 Tips to Help You Get Ready for a Home Remodel

Leslie Emerson

Just because May is National Home Improvement Month doesn’t mean your remodeling projects will automatically take care of themselves! Often, it’s the steps you take before the physical remodeling begins that make your project successful. While it may seem counter-intuitive, there’s a lot of prep work that we can start now (yes, even with the social distancing guidelines!) to set your project up for success and help you get ready for a home remodel.

 

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10 Tips to Help You Get Ready for a Home Remodel

1. Research your project

Understand what the average investment is, the scope of the work, and your expected Return On Investment (ROI.)

2. Plan the project around the long-term

Evaluate long-term needs and desires for your home and make sure this project fits those goals.

3. Set your budget – And share it with us!

We want to create a project that respects your budget.

4. Use advanced search for professionals

Start by asking people you trust!

5. Ask the right questions when talking to your remodeler

Time and cost are important, but don’t forget to also ask about our specialties and background!

6. Verify your remodeler

Call references and hear what others have to say!

7. Review contracts word-by-word

Contracts are in place to protect everybody. If you have a question, speak up! We’re happy to clarify.

8. Keep design in mind

Browse online and share what you like about each aspect of the design. Organization? Look? Style? We want to know!

9. Make your selections

Making selections early helps keep the whole project on track!

10. Create a communication plan

Ask any questions and make sure you know what to expect!

If you would like more details on these steps, you can read Top 10 Tips to Prepare for a Remodel.

At Renovations Unlimited, we’d love to help get your May remodeling project off on the right foot! With years of experience guiding clients through a smooth remodeling process, we are equipped to help transform your South Eastern Michigan home while keeping the process clear and straightforward.

Give us a call today! There’s a lot that can be done virtually and while practicing safe, social distancing practices to get your remodeling project started on the right foot!

3 Questions to Ask Before Your Next Remodel

Leslie Emerson

Have you been wondering if now is the right time to remodel your home? Whether you’re considering a small project or a major remodel, it’s important to make sure you’re asking the right questions and thinking through all of the critical details. We’ve helped many clients embark on this process and transform their home and we can help you, too. So today, let’s talk about three questions you need to ask before you start your next remodel.

3 Questions to Ask Before Starting the Remodeling Process

  1. How will this benefit the value of my home?

    It’s no secret that some projects have a higher return on investment than others. Check out the Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value report for your area as a general guideline for the project you’re considering.

  2. What level of impact will this have on my daily life?

    While we always strive to minimize the disruption a remodeling project-in-progress will have on your home, every project will have some level of impact on your home. Some projects, like a guest bathroom remodel, will likely have minimal impact while other projects, like a kitchen remodel, will have a more noticeable impact. The good news is that we have a lot of experience navigating with our clients, what the temporary effect of a remodeling project would look like for them.

 

  1. What value will this add to my life?

    Aside from an increase in home value, remodeling your home can have non-monetary value. Would opening up your floor plan allow you to host more family gatherings? Will updating your kitchen encourage you to cook from home more? Would remodeling your bathroom make it easier for you to age in place? Think about why you want to remodel and the positive impact it will have on your life.

Here at Renovations Unlimited we’ve walked through this process with many others and would love to answer your questions and put your mind at ease by walking you through the steps involved. If you’ve decided that you want to start the conversation about remodeling your South Eastern Michigan home, give us a call or send us an email!

Get Your Home a New Look This Spring

Leslie Emerson

March 21st is the First Day of Spring! Spring is a time to think of new life and new beginnings. It’s the time when we undertake spring cleaning for our homes and planting seeds in our flower beds, preparing for the summer ahead.

Did you know that it’s also a great time to “plant seeds” for a home remodeling project?

A successful home remodeling project doesn’t happen overnight. It requires some behind the scenes thought, planning, and preparation. Doing your homework now means that when it’s time to actually start your project, you’ll be better prepared.

How to Prioritize Your Remodeling Needs

Where should you start? It helps to prioritize your needs. A simple chart like the one you see here can help you identify your home renovation needs according to things that are“Must-haves”, “Nice-to-haves”, and “If-money-was-no-object”.

Prioritizing this way helps you budget for the things that really matter to you. But sometimes, you may find that some of the “nice-to-haves” (and even some “if-money-was-no-object” items) aren’t much more expensive because the labor/workmanship is already factored in.

After you’ve determined what you want/need to do, then you can start looking at ideas on sites such as Pinterest or Houzz for ideas and reach out to us! We have experience transforming homes and can bring some fresh perspective on your space. We would love to turn your home remodeling ideas into reality.

Seeing your vision for your home excites us! Reply to this email or give us a call today to share your dreams for your home and start the remodeling process.

How to Use Unconventional Thinking to Update Your Home

Leslie Emerson

Every four years February presents us with an extra day – and this is one of those leap years!

There are times when remodeling your home requires a bit of a leap as well. Maybe you want to make some changes to your kitchen, your master bathroom, or even add an extra bathroom or a media room to your home—but when you look at your existing floor plan you don’t see a way to do what you want to do. You may have to turn your conventional thinking on its head—but how?

That’s where a consultation with us can really pay off. Years of training and experience enable us to look at your situation a little differently than you do—both from a design and a structural perspective.

Unconventional Ideas for Updating Your Home

  1. Let’s say you want more space in your kitchen, but the physical dimensions of the room really don’t provide any opportunity to expand. We might be able to look at that space and tell you that the wall separating your kitchen from the dining room (which you rarely use) isn’t a load-bearing wall. We could suggest taking out the wall to significantly expand the size of your kitchen—and make better use of the space. You could end up with a larger, eat-in kitchen that actually feels bigger than it is because of the open space that’s created.
  2. Or maybe you really want more storage in your bathroom—but there’s no way to make the room bigger and there’s no space to put in another closet. Are you stuck with what you’ve got? Not necessarily. We may be able to find “hidden” space between the wall studs to install recessed shelving or cabinets.

Those are just a couple of examples of how we sometimes have a different perspective on how to use space. Where you might see wasted or unusable space (in an attic or in your basement) we may see potential. That’s why it’s important to clearly convey to us what you want to accomplish and let us draw on years of experience and knowledge to come up with a solution that meets your needs. That’s the power of unconventional thinking!

Fun Facts: Leap Year Traditions

In addition to giving us an extra day, Leap Year has also given us some rather interesting traditions.

In 1288 the unmarried Queen Margaret of Scotland is rumored to have enacted a law that allowed women to propose to men on leap-year day. But—as a “fair warning” to the man—the woman had to wear a red petticoat.

In fifth-century Ireland, the legend is that a nun asked St. Patrick to grant women permission to propose to men after single women complained about suitors who were too shy to propose. Supposedly, he agreed and allowed proposals every leap day.

While the historical veracity of these events is unlikely, the concept of having some conventions turned on their heads remains. If you need help getting creative with your remodeling needs, reach out anytime!

Renovations Unlimited is a full service, Michigan Company specializing New Construction & Remodeling. Whether designing your brand new home or fixing up your existing home, we have built a reputation on achieving highly respected clients that give excellent referrals for our work

Edward Buczkowski

General Contractor

810-374-6400

info@unlimityourhome.com

Serving South Eastern Michigan

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