House Repair Plans
How to Plan a Remodel
Penny Wise Pound Foolish
When doing home improvement it is easy to become penny wise and pound foolish.Being pound wise begins before you pick up the phone to call a contractor. It begins with what you first want the finished product to look like.
A lot of money sometimes poured into a house because often times the desire for new or designer, or perfect appearance is carried too far. You can avoid a lot of cost by avoidance and moderation. Sometimes even frugal homeowners get swept away with popular misconceptions because they don't know real cost and values. For example, although double glazed windows are widely touted as energy savers, they are actually less efficient than weatherstripping for older windows with storm windows over them.
Before starting a big home improvement project, it is important to look at what you are trying to accomplish. It is likely to be one or more of the fallowing.
1. Necessary repairs for the thing that are broken or worn out; for example, old and ill working plumbing.
2. Improvements to meet practical needs; such as improvements for safety, security, energy efficiency, or more space.
3.Renovations for more comfort and enjoyment; for example, a more convenient kitchen or a rec room for the children.
4.Makeovers; remodeling with little or no practical purpose, for the sake of creating a different or a fashionable look.
In 3 and 4 you are likely to spend more money needlessly. If you want to hang onto hard earned money, try to remain in categories 1 and 2. A leaky faucet, a cranky toilet, and dingy bathroom walls do not call for a whole new bathroom.
But even if you are considering improvements that are not for functional or economic reasons, you can still save a great deal of money by carefully choosing methods and materials. No matter what you are doing, it always pays to look for ways to work with individual components (walls, fixtures, doors, trim, and so on) rather than to gut and redo whole rooms, or more expensive to rearrange the layout of rooms.
Remodeling contractors, architects, and interior designers naturally make the more drastic approach, because wholesale improvements lead to bigger and more profitable jobs. If you give them carte blanche to make over a room or your whole house, they will follow your wishes. But you needn't. You are the one who must make the basic design decisions that affect cost, and you can tell those you hire to hold the line at precise and limited improvements.