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Important Steps to Remodeling

So, your home was built in the 90’s and you decide it is time to remodel. You have perused pictures of other home remodels, talked with friends, and done your research.  You think you know what you want.  But where do you begin?  Like any project, how you proceed can make a big difference on the overall success.

Start with a Plan

The first step to remodeling is good planning. It is easy to just dive into a remodel project, but just like any other large endeavor, their are many steps that have to be accomplished and sometimes the order is critical.  Will you just attack a single room or will your remodel several rooms.  Determine the scope of the remodel and the order in which you would like to proceed.

Make a List

The idea that, “If you don’t write it down, it won’t happen” really applies here.  Not only is it important to have a plan and to make a to do list, but it is equally important to check off the items on the list as they are completed. This way you can see that you making progress, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.  Be specific and detailed. It is great time to also plan repairs, such as adding more spray foam insulation Maryland in the walls or fixing a squeaky floor. Whatever the scope, your plan should include a list of what needs to be done and in what order. For example, if you are remodeling a room and replacing flooring, trim, and paint, the list might look like this:

  • Remove the carpet, pad, and tack strips
  • Remove staples and clean the floor
  • Remove the old trim
  • Paint walls new color
  • Install laminate flooring
  • Install new trim
  • Sand, prime, and paint new trim

The level of detail is up to you, but make your list detailed enough that you won’t forget an important step.

Remodeling can be fun, but it can also be overwhelming. Plan and use lists to help break the project down, keep you on track, and help you see your progress.