Top 5 Questions to Ask Before you Remodel

To remodel or not to remodel, that is the question. If you’re debating with yourself and your loved ones over the answer, you might not be ready to take the plunge into a lengthy renovation project. Based on our almost two decades of remodeling experience, clients who answer YES to these 5 questions get the most satisfaction and the least discomfort out of their renovation.

1. Are you ready to bring your home up to date?

Technology, style trends and materials have all come a long way since the early 1960’s and ‘70’s. If your home was built during those decades, chances are you’re still using the same appliances and amenities that were new in the last century. Remodeling may give you access to the smart technology and upgraded flooring, lighting and appliance options that are available today.

2. Does your home say ‘quiet night in’ but you’re saying ‘party, party, party?’

Entertaining friends and family can be the motivating factor behind upgrading your floor plan. A closed-off kitchen and boxed-in floor plan are the enemies of a household that wants to be the center of the social scene. Remodeling can create an open flow through the kitchen and main floors, allowing for increased comfort and accessibility.

3. Have you had a change in your life circumstances?

Universal design – accommodating disabled or special needs residents and guests – is becoming a must-have for aging or physically challenged homeowners. Wheelchair ramps, no threshold showers and safety rails are a few of the most common requests. In addition to designing for convenience, remodels are often necessary to accommodate blended families. Today, multi-generational homes are more common than ever before. If your house has gotten more crowded recently, a remodel can make bedrooms bigger, bathrooms more service-oriented and living spaces maximized.

4. Are you interested in maximizing your investment?

According to the 2014 Cost vs Value Report, a major kitchen remodel can recoup up to 75% of its cost when you sell your home. Costs of a bathroom remodel may be recouped up to 72 percent. A smart remodeling strategy can increase your investment in your home significantly. Before undertaking an investment-related remodeling project, speak with your licensed contractor about managing material expenses and expectations for the end result.

5. Do you have a survival plan for the construction phase?

Depending on the scope of the project, if you can be out of the home for most of the construction timeline, we recommend it. However, moving into a temporary residence is not realistic for most people, which is why most professional contractors will work with homeowners to develop a manageable timeline for the phases of the construction project so you can work around it. Know what you’re going to do with pets to keep them out of the way of the work, and develop a schedule for you and your family so you can stick to a routine as closely as possible.

If you can say yes to at least four out of five of these questions, you’re ready to get started on a remodeling project. If you’re still not sure, please contact us or stop by our Naples Remodeling showroom at 1410 Pine Ridge Road. We offer free consultations and carry luxury remodeling materials to help you finalize your project.


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