Owning a home — it’s a major aspect of the American dream. It’s a sign of success. And, it can truly be a pain if it’s not meeting your needs or expectations. If this is how you’re feeling in regard to your home, don’t feel guilty about it — consider your options! While most homeowners don’t consider it, you can always remodel your Miami home.
True, a home remodel is a massive project that requires planning and proper execution, especially a Miami home remodel, but that’s a non-issue. Sure, you may not be an expert on home remodeling in Miami, but at Cutting Edge Innovative, we’re experts, and we’re here to help!
In fact, you can consider this blog a consultation. Today, we’ll be covering some time and money-saving tips that you should take advantage of when you’re undergoing or considering a home remodel in Miami. Keep reading to learn more!
Miami Home Remodeling — Before You Start
While this may sound nonsensical, a home remodel begins before it starts. Okay, hear us out — the most effective home remodels require planning and foresight before anyone is hired or any work is done. As with any project, home remodels require loads of planning, especially because they effectively derail your domestic life. That being said, let’s cover some must-do tasks before you get serious about your home remodel in Miami.
What Work Needs Done?
When considering undergoing a remodel of your Miami home, first decide what work needs to be done. To hone in on this, ask yourself, “What do I dislike about my home?” and “What could be improved in my home?”
For some people, their kitchen may need remodeled due to its outdated design or cramped quarters. For others, they may want to rework an unused space to integrate another half bath into their home. And for others, a whole-home remodel may be the solution.It doesn’t matter what you need, it matters that you need it. That being said, make sure you obtain a wholly-understood goal for your remodel project. The last thing you want is to spend money on planning and remodeling contractors just to change your mind after the job has begun.
Make (And Keep) A Remodeling Budget
For many people, money becomes the primary obstacle when remodeling their home. Expenses can add up fast, especially when you’re unprepared, so take the time before you even get started to work out a general budget for the work you’d like done. This will require research if you’re doing it on your own, but it’s well worth the time. A well-researched and constructed budget will make the project that much more efficient once the ball gets rolling.
Keep in mind that your budget should contain funds to take care of unexpected costs that arise. While you can prepare for most things, you can’t be certain that no complications will arise throughout the course of your remodel.
When you work with a Miami home remodeling contractor like Cutting Edge Innovative, we’ll honor your budget and use our years of experience to ensure you stay within your budget for the most effective home remodel project.
Understand Your Home
While you may be considering a remodel on your Miami home that’s purely cosmetic, it’s vital that you understand your home — its vulnerabilities, structural problems, etc. Hopefully, your home isn’t in need of major structural work, but if it is, that should take priority.
After all, there is no point in opening a space if a load-bearing wall is in disrepair. Once you understand the needs of your home, you can use that to further hone in on the perfect budget. For example, if you learn that a load-bearing wall won’t have the chops to support an aspect of your remodel, you can decide whether you can fix the issue, or if you’ll have to find a safe and responsible way to make you remodel work around that issue while staying within budget.
This doesn’t just apply to structural problems. If you have an older home asbestos, lead pain, or outdated wiring are features that need to be updated or removed entirely. Knowing you home means you’ll know what to expect once the remodel starts.
Select A Time-Frame
Earlier we mentioned that home remodel projects completely derail your domestic life. Because of this, it’s also important to choose a timeframe for the remodel before getting started. Maybe you’re looking to remodel your Miami home in time for the Summer, or an upcoming holiday your hosting. Or, maybe there is just an extra-busy time of year that would be miserable to undergo while your home is being remodeled, whatever the situation, plan accordingly!
If you have a deadline you’d like to meet with your home remodel, strategically plan around that. Best case scenario, we’d recommend planning to end the project a month before the desired date. This provides four weeks of wiggle room in the event of unexpected complications, but it also gives you time to re-situate once your remodel is complete.
Research, Research, Research
We mentioned this in passing above, but thorough research is essential to an efficient and effective project. For one, you need to research your home. Again, you’re going to be ripping your house apart, and it’s better that you know what to expect when you do so.
But that’s only scratching the surface. In addition to researching your home, you’ll want to spend time researching contractors in the area, average costs of the services you’ll need to recruit, and what regulations/permits/etc you’ll need to get the job done.
By conducting thorough research, you’ll be empowering yourself to get the best service providers at prices that are reasonable. As much as it pains us to say, there are plenty of predatory remodeling contractors who are simply looking to take advantage of uninformed consumers in need of their services.
We’ll cover what we have to offer in full later, but for now we’d just like to say that at Cutting Edge Innovative, we strive to set the standard of what it means to be a trustworthy remodeling contractor in Miami. We’re transparent about what you can expect when you work with us, we’re transparent about our process, and we strive to provide the best remodeling services available.
Remodeling Contractors In Miami — Beginning The Remodeling Process
Now that we’re covered the incubation stage of a home remodel in Miami, let’s cover some tips that will come in handy once you’re choosing a remodeling contractor for your project.
Some of you may not be looking to hire a remodeling contractor, and that’s okay! Just know that from this point on, the information in this blog is geared towards helping you get the best remodeling contractor in Miami
Be Scrupulous When Choosing A Contractor
For an in-depth look on this process, check out our blog on choosing a remodeling contractor. For the rest of you, don’t worry, we’ll cover the process here too! Considering you’ve done the research we suggested above, you should probably have a handful of remodeling contractors that you’re currently considering.
We recommend a pool of three to five contractors when deciding. This way, you have options to choose from, but you also don’t have a year-long endeavor of looking into every single remodeling contractor in Miami.
Once you have your pool of potential contractors, dig through their website. Do they have accreditations? Do they share their process and plan for any potential issues that arise during the process? Do they have subcontractors that are trustworthy? Looking for credentials like these will help you narrow down the search before you need to commit longer periods of your time.
Once you’re confident that the Miami remodeling contractors are viable options, look for references, testimonials, and other responses to their completed work. Are their past clients satisfied? Do they have overwhelmingly positive or negative reviews? After taking a look into their past work, you’ll be that much closer to finding the perfect contractor for your remodeling job.
Once research is complete and references are checked, set up an interview with any contractor you’re still considering. Take this time to address any missing information you can’t find on their website, ask questions about their work, and to overall obtain an understanding of what it will be like to work with them. Remember, you’re the employer and these contractors are the potential employees. If they fail to impress you, don’t go any farther. They should be working hard to sell you on the fact that they have the experience, resources, and know-how to get your job done within your means and schedule.
Finally, when you’re ready to make a decision, get a contract on paper. This protects you, and gives you a reference that will help you hold your contractor accountable in the event that the initial expectations aren’t met.
Cutting Edge Innovative will be happy to talk with you and provide you with any information you need. We want to be your Miami home remodeling contractor, and will go great lengths to prove our worth to you! Contact us today to learn more and get started.
Let’s Get Started
Now that you’ve chosen a remodeling contractor, they should be making technical drawings of the remodeling project, assembling a team of subcontractors, and gradually turning your remodel into a reality. Stay in communication with your contractor and give feedback. It’s your project — the remodeling contractor is there to facilitate your vision and needs into the remodel, so make sure you’re making that happen.
During this stage, your contractor should also be obtaining any permits that are going to be required to complete the job. After it’s all done, it’s time to get started!
The Hammer Falls
Once the remodel has begun, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for the time your home is under construction. Let’s talk about how you can do that.
Make Sure Your Family Has A Living Space
Your home is about to be remodeled. Loud noises, heavy foot traffic, and construction hazards, galore! Make sure you’ve set aside a place where you can live comfortably as the remodel takes place. Depending on the size and scope of your remodel, you may be able to stay in your home while quarantining the remodeling area. If it’s a whole-home remodel, make sure you have a family member, friend, or temporary lodging set aside. No matter how prepared and excited you are for your remodel, it’s going to be an intense process. Having a place to kick back and relax is absolutely vital.
If you’re going to be staying in your house while the remodel takes place, make sure it’s safe for everyone. This means having designated areas for work and living. If you have children, be absolutely certain that they won’t stumble into a hazardous area and that they understand what areas are off-limits. Secure tools, block off areas, and do anything else you need to do to ensure that your family stays safe as the remodel progresses.
Keep The Worksite Clean And Organized
If you have a good remodeling contractor, this will fall on them. However, no matter the situation, a clean workspace will make all the difference. If you choose to work with Cutting Edge Innovative, you’ll be happy to know that we require any subcontractors working with us to completely clean the worksite each and every day! And if they don’t? We fine them. Again, it’s your project, and we’ll make sure it’s done right, down to the tiniest details.
Cutting Edge Innovative – Miami’s Trusted Luxury Home Remodeling Company
Hopefully, this blog has helped make the idea of undergoing a home remodel less intimidating. While it is a huge endeavor, it’s worth it — especially if you have the right remodeling contractor on your side. If you’re considering a home remodel in Miami, we implore you to give us a call. Not only do we meet all of the criteria we’ve covered in this blog, but we also are the only luxury home improvement provider in Miami.This means that we’ll bring an air of luxury to your home remodeling project. Oh, and don’t worry, we can do it while staying within your desired budget. We’ve dedicated our lives to our trade, and we can’t wait to use our skills to benefit you.
Each client we work with gets their own project manager who serves as a primary contact. This streamlines communication and makes it easier for you to understand what’s happening as your home remodel progresses. However, this doesn’t mean you only get one of our experts working on your job. We have a team of business development managers and sales executives to ensure that you’re receiving the best contracting services from all angles — finances, efficiency, practicality, etc.
If you’re ready to work with us, or if you have any questions about the content we’ve talked about today, the services we offer, or our company in general contact us today! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and get you started.