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The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Home Remodel

Starting a home renovation project can be really overwhelming, and can seem like a never-ending process if you don't have a plan in place. Getting all of your ducks in a raw before you begin this journey, will save you a lot of headaches and give you the foundational steps you need to succeed. We're breaking it all down for you into 5 easy steps in our Ultimate Guide to Planning a Home Remodel.




1. Start with a Detailed Project Plan:

The first step in any project is starting with a plan. Not just a vague idea of what you hope to do, but a detailed game plan that will set you up for success, not for a trip down Ibuprofen lane. You should include blueprints or a sketch of what you want the finished project to be, a list of needs and wants, and project steps divided into things that you can DIY and things that you'll need a professional for.


You should be researching local zoning regulations for you city and state, too. The last thing you want is to be caught up in legal issues. Once you get the research done, you'll want to wait to get any permits that you need until after you've hired your team.


2. Budget:

This is big step because it's what's going to drive your whole project forward. The budget you set should include:

  • Costs for permits

  • Cost of materials

  • Cost of Labor

  • Cost of decor / cosmetics (i.e paint)

You want to decide how much you want to spend and have a set budget in place before the project start date. Unexpected costs always pop up on a project, so we recommend setting aside at least 10% of your total budget as a reserve. If your costs estimates wont fit into your budget, you might want to take a look back at your needs vs wants list and cut things that you can live without.


3. Hire Contractors:

Things to consider when hiring a contractor are:

  1. Years of experience: When dealing with someone who has been in the business for a while, you can expect a level of professionalism that you might not get from someone who hasn't been doing this for very long. JM General Contractors has been one of the leaders in our industry for over 15 years - we've serviced hundreds of families all over North County San Diego and beyond.

  2. License: Make sure that whoever you hire has the proper licensing. We take a lot of pride in the fact that we have our sub contractors license and our general contractors license, so whatever your need, we've got you covered!

  3. Reviews: Check the reviews before you hire anyone. At JM, we really strive to make our clients apart of the project through and through. We're dedicated to keeping open communication lines throughout the project and our reviews certainly speak for themselves.


4. Make a Timeline:

Once your team is all set and your budget is firm, it's time to make a timeline. First, you'll want to choose a start date (this is tentative, but it'll give you an idea) or you can work backwards if you have a specific date you want the project to end (again, this is tentative, but it'll help you stay organized). You'll want to sit down with your contractors and figure out how long each piece of the project will take so that you can have an idea on making your timeline. Use your calendar to mark what holidays your team might take off and set your end date a few days after the desired time to allow for unexpected delays.


5. Prepare for Your Home Renovation:

When the planning process is coming to a close, you'll want to decide if you should stay at your home while the project is taking place or if you're going to vacate for the duration of the project.

As we said before, home renovations can seem like a daunting process, but if you take the right steps, you'll be set up for success!


We hope you found our Ultimate Guide to Planning a Home Remodel helpful and if you did, we'd love to hear from you! Our team is ready and available to answer any questions you might have, and if you're looking for a contractor to work on your next project, contact us today for a FREE estimate!

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