Are you getting ready to renovate your house? It’s easy (and a little bit fun) to get caught up in the details, like what color paint you want on the walls and which light fixture will look awesome hanging over your dining room table.
Before you get to that point, however, you need to take a quick step back and ask yourself three key questions. Don’t renovate your house until you can answer these questions for yourself.
1. What’s Your Goal?
Are you renovating because this is your dream location and you want it to be perfectly suited to your needs and tastes? Or, are you renovating because you aspire to move in a few years and you want to get the most out of your home when you sell?
Those are two very different goals. If you’re planning on staying put, you can follow your heart’s wildest desire with your renovations. If you’re planning to sell soon, you want to know what renovations will give you the biggest return on your investment.
2. What’s Your Budget?
You can’t really talk business with your contractor until you know your budget. It can be hard to balance your dreams of the perfect home against the dollars in your bank account, and you can end up disappointed if you don’t have a firm understanding of what you can afford.
Knowing exactly how much money you have to spend can help you decide what renovations you can do today — and which ones need to be left for a later project.
3. What Do You Like?
While the right contractor can make your dreams come true, they need you to define those dreams for them. You can’t just tell your contractor that you want the entire bathroom remodeled or a brand-new kitchen without specifying what that means to you.
Are you mostly interested in cosmetic changes, like new countertops, faucets, and cupboards, or do you want the whole space stripped to the studs and completely redesigned? Do you love the ultra-modern look or want something that has a rustic, timeless appeal?
Knowing the answers to these three questions before you renovate your house can help you be better informed about your options. It will also make those early conversations with your contractor much easier.