You’ve been spending more and more time at home. And as you sit, staring at the same four walls, it’s possible you’ve felt the itch. It’s an itch that’s gotten to a lot of people during this pandemic: you want to tackle a remodel project. Research shows that home improvements are up 40-45% during this pandemic, so you are certainly not alone in your quest to fill your time and improve your home. So, how do you plan a remodel project? Let’s take a look.

Interested in a remodel project? Here’s how to plan:

Decide if you’re going to DIY or hire out

This is a big one as the process looks fairly different accordingly. There’s quite a bit that goes into making this decision as well. Some projects are perfectly fine to DIY — painting and minor cosmetic changes are pretty fair game. But anything that changes the structure of your home, you might want to consider working with a pro. The last thing you’d want to have happen is to get knee deep into an already expensive DIY only to discover you have to call in an expert.

If DIY: establish if you have the right tools.

If you decide to move forward with a DIY project, you’ll want to ensure that you have the proper equipment. This alone can often determine the success (or lack thereof) of any project. Doing a little research online is key to establishing that you have the exact tools you need.

If hiring out, do your research.

When working with any contractor, you’ll want to do your homework. We’d recommend considering reviews and recommendations and establishing that they are licensed, insured and bonded. There are a lot of “unofficial” handymen out there who might have the talent but lack the documentation necessary to feel totally comfortable with the hire. Here are the five things you should consider before hiring a contractor.

Determine all that will be affected

Any type of remodel project will likely affect the way you experience your home on a daily basis to some degree for a period of time. If you’re working on the kitchen, make sure you set up an alternate space to function in the meantime. If you’re tackling the bathroom, do you have another in the home you can use? These are important things to consider before jumping in.

Establish a timeline

It’s a good idea to establish from the start an estimated timeline for the project. Whether you’re hiring it out or doing the work yourself, it’s important to forecast how long you expect it to take.

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