Things you should know about your home remodel
Making your home new again by adding on or reconfiguring your floor plan is exciting and rewarding. In order to make the undertaking a smooth one, it’s important to know a few things before you begin.
It can take longer than you expect
Ask anyone who’s remodeled their home, and they’re sure to tell you that it took longer than expected. Even the best, most experienced professionals can’t predict every setback that will arise during your build. Projects that linger can be quite frustrating, especially if you’re living in your home during construction. However, if from the beginning, you accept that there will be delays, you’ll probably have a better overall experience.
Find experienced professionals
Experience is essential when it comes to contractors, but so is the right disposition. Professionals are people first, and it’s a good idea to find one that’s also the right personality and practical fit for you. Maybe you’d prefer someone who is easygoing, or perhaps you like an all-business attitude. If you have a very specific schedule, make sure the contractors you choose can accommodate your hours.
The requirements for your area
All regions are different and construction codes can vary. For instance, many areas of Florida are considered windborne-debris zones and require impact resistant windows and doors. A seasoned professional will know what’s required, but it’s still a good idea to inquire about local laws and permitting restrictions. Do your own research because correcting course is often much more expensive and time consuming than doing it right the first time.
Plan your window replacement
New windows are one of the most important considerations when it comes to renovations as they can affect your home security, comfort, and energy efficiency. A redo is a great opportunity to get the best quality windows available at your preferred price point.
When deciding on windows, look for reputable dealers to help you find the ideal products for your improved space.
professionals like our own PGT® authorized dealers can help you figure out whether you need non-impact or impact resistant windows. They can also help you assess other options, like tints, energy-saving thermal enhancements, styles and more to make your redesigned home just right for you and your family.
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Long-term savings with impact resistant products
While cutting back in some areas may be necessary for some owners to maintain their budget, there are certain areas of the home that could lead to major headaches if you limit cost too much.
Impact resistant windows and doors protect against much more than hurricanes, and you can recoup the investment over time.
Homeowners who own impact products revealed the following in a 2020 study conducted by John Burns Real Estate Consulting LLC:
- 95% reported their homes’ overall value increased, with an average gain of nearly $34K per home.
- 43% saw reductions in their insurance costs.
- Energy bills decreased by an average of $25 a month.