a Handy Guide to Start­ing a Home Re­model

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Ap­pre­hen­sion and in­ex­pe­ri­ence keep many home­own­ers from pur­su­ing ren­o­va­tion projects that would make their homes more func­tional, en­joy­able and com­fort­able. Get­ting your hands dirty on the front end – with some plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion – is the best blueprint for a suc­cess­ful home re­mod­el­ing project.

To help you start your re­model on the right track, con­sider these tips from Gary White with JCPen­ney Home Ser­vices.

Start with a plan

Although it may sound ob­vi­ous, the first step re­ally is to de­cide what you hope to ac­com­plish with your reno­va­tion. At the least, be­gin to out­line rough ideas to dis­cuss with an ex­pert. Reach­ing out to con­trac­tors be­fore you’ve de­ter­mined a ba­sic idea for your project can waste time and money. Spend time list­ing the fea­tures you must have, as well as some nice-to-haves if bud­get al­lows. Also think about over­all func­tion­al­ity, de­sign and lay­out. If you get over­whelmed or need ideas, don’t hes­i­tate to turn to on­line show­rooms or mag­a­zines for in­spi­ra­tion.

Set a bud­get

If the sky is the limit, skip ahead, but if you’re like most home­own­ers, money mat­ters. Have a clear idea of what you can af­ford to in­vest in your ren­o­va­tion be­fore you get started, and if nec­es­sary, re­search the fi­nanc­ing op­tions avail­able to you. Look for fi­nanc­ing that pro­vides de­ferred in­ter­est or low monthly pay­ments to help man­age the project cost. Set­ting a clear bud­get can help keep your con­trac­tors ac­count­able, and it goes a long way to­ward en­sur­ing you can en­joy your fin­ished project with­out re­gret.

Draw up the plans

To help set your plan in mo­tion, there are nu­mer­ous on­line tools you can uti­lize to sim­plify each step of the process in­clud­ing de­sign, bud­get­ing and more. If you’re plan­ning a home re­model, a com­pre­hen­sive re­source like JCPen­ney Home Ser­vices of­fers a on­estop-shop for bath­room re­mod­el­ing, coun­ter­tops, cus­tom win­dow treat­ments, floor­ing, heat­ing and cool­ing, wa­ter heaters and whole-home wa­ter treat­ment. You can find unique land­ing pages for each ser­vice that pro­vides prod­uct in­for­ma­tion, com­pli­men­tary in-home con­sul­ta­tions and on­line pric­ing quotes at JCPen­ney­home­ser­vices.com.

In­volve a pro­fes­sional

Un­less you have the time and skills, you’ll want a li­censed and in­sured con­trac­tor to lead the project when you’re ready to get your ren­o­va­tion in mo­tion. It can be wise to so­licit mul­ti­ple bids, not only to en­sure you get the best value, but also to find some­one whose work, style and ex­pe­ri­ence is most in line with the needs of your project. Af­ter all, this per­son will be a big part of your life dur­ing a fairly stress­ful time pe­riod. Al­ways check ref­er­ences and ver­ify the con­trac­tor’s stand­ing with lo­cal as­so­ci­a­tions.

Get ready for work

Re­mem­ber that you’ll need to cre­ate a work en­vi­ron­ment that is safe for your con­trac­tors and pro­tects your valu­able pos­ses­sions. Es­tab­lish a clear path to the project space for easy ac­cess and re­moval of de­bris. Fur­ni­ture, ap­pli­ances, room fur­nish­ings, valu­ables and break­able items should be re­moved from both the path to the work site and the work site it­self. If your ren­o­va­tion project will in­volve an es­sen­tial room, such as the kitchen or a bath­room, make al­ter­nate ar­range­ments such as cre­at­ing a makeshift kitchen with the bare ne­ces­si­ties in an­other part of the house.

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