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Summer is coming – let’s get planning

Notes:

  • Summer is a great time to start and complete a home renovation project.
  • The weather is warm where you can open your doors and windows or even cook or sleep outside if your renovation has your kitchen or bedroom unavailable as it is being worked on.
  • You can even take a mini summer vacation while the contractors do their work.
  • But you need start planning now to collect ideas and select the contractors needed to get the project up and going during summer months.
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You will find below steps to take and ideas to consider as you plan your summer renovation project.

It outlines everything you need with references to some summer renovation projects and ideas for kitchen, bathroom, exterior home and more.

View Home Renovation Steps

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Use this 6-Step Home Remodeling “Quick Guide” to review the home remodeling process. It assembles information you may need and outlines it a step-by-step review with references.

Step 1: Analyze the Numbers

Before you start any summer remodeling project, run some financial numbers to determine whether your project is a smart investment.

The numbers include the estimated costs, home value assessment, financing costs, and other related calculations.

Review these cost-related issues to summer remodeling vs. buying a new home.

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link to notes: analyze the numbers
estimate the cost of your project
get your home value

 

Step 2: Collect Ideas

The 2nd step for planning a summer renovation is deciding what you would like to do.

Will it be a –

  • remodeling the kitchen,
  • renovating your bathroom,
  • revamping the bedroom,
  • designing a better curb appeal,
  • doing a complete landscape and garden,
  • re-decorating the inside,
  • or something else.

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Step 3: Plan the Needed Specs

Step 3 is sketching your ideas on paper (or digitally) and developing the spec plan.

The spec plan determines what type of materials and design considerations that will be needed. It will also contain the product specifications for each remodeling element for kitchen, bath, home exterior, other.

You will use the spec plan and architectural design to bid the project out to a contractor.

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link to notes: developing spec plan
sketch remodeling plan
design considerations

 

Step 4: Find a Contractor

Step 4 is finding and negotiating the contract with a home remodeling contractor.

Give your remodeling ideas and specs to a contractor for review and bid analysis. Use the local network (aligned with HomeAdvisor) to find the right contractor for your project.

Review guides for contractor selection and negotiation.

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search local contractors
selecting your contractor checklist
link to notes: contractor negotiations
contractor evaluation form

 

Step 5: Financing Your Project

Step 5 is arranging financing once you selected the contractor and finalized the contract for your project.

Using the equity value in your home is one of the best financing option for renovation. Start with a home equity line of credit or use the bank equity program.

Other options may include cash-out refinancing, personal savings, and/or financing from home improvement contractors.

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link to notes: financing options
getting qualified for financing
negotiate rates

 

Step 6: Manage the Project

Step 6 is where the project begins.

It starts with setting up the work area, removing everything that needs to be replaced, installing plumbing and electrical if needed, putting in the final touches, etc.

It also means working with the contractor, managing the project, and getting the remodeling project inspected before releasing any funds.

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working with the contractor
managing the home remodeling project
about a home project inspections
find home inspector

 

View Summer Renovation Ideas

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Summer is a great time to plan and start your remodeling project. Question is what kind of remodeling? Reference below some suggested ideas with detail information to follow.

Plan A:   Kitchen Remodeling

A kitchen renovation is one of the best returns on your investment. It is the one room where having the latest styles and gadgets allow you to entertain and test your cooking skills.

You will find new styles is kitchen counters, cabinets, flooring and WIFI enabled appliances. And don’t forget about smart storage and organization.

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topics: discussing all kitchen
plan: everything kitchen remodeling
shop: kitchen & dining

 

Plan B:   Bathroom Remodeling

Why a new bathroom? Have you taken a look of the latest styles and energy efficient appliances?

We talking about water efficient toilets and shower heads. Vessels sinks and free standing tubs with automated faucets. And for those who may be aging, walk-in air tubs. And of course, don’t forget the new lighting and vanity storage.

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pics: photo bathroom analysis
topics: discussing all bathroom
plan: everything bath remodeling
shop: bathroom

 

Plan C:   Bedroom Make-Over

When you spend ~1/3 your life in your bedroom, why not make it the best 1/3rd of the home?

Yes, your eyes may be closed during this stay. But you got to keep them closed with a good mattress, comfortable sheets and linens, and a bed style that you are proud to get into for the night.

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pics: photo bathroom analysis
topics: discussing all bathroom
plan: everything bath remodeling
shop: bathroom

 

Plan D:   Exterior Home Restoration

When you get a moment, take a walk out to your curb and face your home. Then ask yourself this questions:

  • does your home look nice
  • what changes would you like to see
  • is the entry way appealing
  • any restoration (siding, roof, gutter, exterior decor) need to be replaced

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pics: photo exterior home analysis
topics: discussing just exterior home
plan: everything exterior home design
shop: home exterior/structure

 

Plan E: Garden Landscaping

Now who would like to have a nice landscape garden with decorative shrubs, trees and plantings. Again, who would like to have a functional deck or patio with a kitchen island for entertainment. And better yet, who would like to have a nice recreational area for the kids to enjoy.

Maybe this summer is when you get this.

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pics: photo yard landscaping analysis
topics: discussing just yard n’ garden
plan: everything yard design & decor
shop: yard n’ garden

 

Plan F:   Home Interior Design

Tired of the same look and feel. Maybe it’s time to a change the decor up. Perhaps new furniture, different paint color , or maybe something along the life of a minimalist.

It is the question of design. And designs change with time. Is your interior up with the times?

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topics: discussing home interior
plan: everything yard design & decor
shop: home decor

 

 

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