Remodeling can sometimes feel like an endless series of decisions. At times, it’s easy to get caught up in all of the details and forget about the big picture. It’s important that your remodeling decisions are logical, timely and meet all of your objectives.
The following is an excerpt from chapter six of our new FREE eBook, Remodeling Your Home.
Before you start knocking down walls or picking out new flooring, think about what you’re trying to achieve through the remodel. Whether it’s for yourself or someone who’s going to purchase your home in the future, the ultimate goal of most projects is to make living in your home easier and more fun.
Here’s how you can think about it…
Issue >>> Lifestyle Objective >>> Solution
Here is a simple example of how to use this line of thought to determine the scope of your remodeling project.
The temperature in your home isn’t balanced. If it’s hot upstairs, it’s cold downstairs. Your energy bills are too high because you’re always trying to adjust the temperature to whichever room you are in at the time.
Your ultimate objective in this situation is to achieve energy efficiency. You want to get your energy bills down and be comfortable in your home without constantly adjusting your thermostat.
Call your local Home Builders Association (HBA). This is an educational non-profit that will know about current energy efficient home-building practices. They can suggest someone who will conduct an energy audit to help you determine where you’re losing energy. The most common places for this to occur are your windows, ducts and basement/attics. Replacing your windows and doors with new, energy efficient windows and doors will help. Finding ways to patch the leaks with better insulation will also make a difference. You may want to look at a new climate control system for your home.
We hope that this has helped you to better understand how to determine lifestyle objectives for your family before deciding which remodeling projects to take on. If you found this information valuable, please download your free copy of our eBook to learn more about the remodeling process.