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remodeling to acommodate an elderly loved one

When I invited my mother to come and live with my family, we had to make some changes to accommodate her. The changes that needed to be made were all within reason and were all required so that she could get around with her walker and eventually a wheelchair if need be. I hired a remodeling contractor to assist us with making the changes. I learned a lot while discussing what needed to be done and what it would take to get it complete. I created this blog with the hopes of helping other families that are considering making the same changes in their homes.

Top 4 Home Remodeling Tips

If you're thinking about remodeling your home, there's no better time to start than right now. Improving your home can increase its value as well as get you closer to the home of your dreams. With the right tips and knowledge, the remodeling process can be faster, easier, and less expensive. Here are four tips on home remodeling:

1. Hire a contractor

The first step in getting an excellent remodel while also saving money is to hire either a general contractor or a remodeling contractor. While hiring someone seems counter intuitive to saving money, a contractor can make sure the job is on time, on budget, and done right. If you're undergoing a big remodel or home improvement, a contractor is invaluable.

2. Choose the right contractor

While the right contractor will save you money, an inexperienced or unorganized contractor will cost you money. Here are some tip on finding the right contractor for your home remodel:

  • Ask for references.
  • Check for credibility by looking at their affiliations. Are they a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry?
  • Look at their history. How many years of experience do they have? Have any complaints been filed at the Better Business Bureau?
  • Make sure previous customers were happy and satisfied by looking at reviews.
  • Ask the contractor to show you pictures of previously completed remodels to see if their style matches your wants.

3. Invest in materials

When doing a remodel, one of your biggest expenses will be materials. While it seems tempting to try and save money by purchasing cheap material, you will likely end up spending more money than if you had bought quality material. Good, quality material may be more expensive, but it will pay for itself over the lifetime of your home. The material will be more durable and last longer, and will not need as much maintenance or repairs.

4. Think efficiency

If you're remodeling because your home seems small, consider maximizing efficiency, not square footage. No matter how small a room seems, there's always a way to make it seem bigger without expanding it. Maximizing efficiency instead of expanding can take less time and save you money. Here are some examples on how to make rooms more efficient:

  • Install drawers instead of shelves. Drawers take up less space in your cabinets and allows your cabinets to hold more items.
  • Install pull-out drawers, shelves, and cabinets in your space and bathroom to get more storage while keeping valuable space.
  • Replace your large bathroom cabinet sink with a pedestal or floating sink to make your bathroom seem bigger.

These tips will help you remodel your home into the one you've always wanted while also saving you time and money. Contact a general contractor or a remodeling company like Touch Stone Remodelers today to get started.