5 Major Factors to Consider When Remodeling Your Home

5 Major Factors to Consider When Remodeling Your Home

The following contribution is from another author.

For the past year, people have been exploring their skills and staying in the confines of their own homes. This has led to increased interest in home renovation as plenty of people have opened their toolboxes to hone their construction skills and spruce up their properties.

According to a recent survey approximately 58 percent of homeowners have expressed interest in planning a major improvement project in the past year. However, major home remodeling is a very complicated thing and there are many factors that can affect the duration and the costs of every project.

If you’re thinking of starting a home remodeling project, here are five major factors you need to keep in mind.

The Materials

No matter what your remodeling project is, you will have to consider the cost (like home construction loans) and the availability of the materials involved. For example, if you are reflooring your home, you must think about what sort of materials you plan on using. Going with hardwood flooring that’s exotically engineered is bound to be more costly given their composition. If your project is already going over budget, you may not want to use such expensive materials.

Cheaper materials can not only reduce costs, but they can also reduce duration because common materials will be much easier for you to acquire without waiting. However, your project could benefit from some expensive but high-quality materials.

The Weather

The weather is going to play an important role in determining the parameters of your home remodel, especially if they’re outdoor projects. Renovating your roof will be infinitely more challenging if your contractors have to contend with even the lightest rain. Painting your house is going to be impossible if there are gale-force winds slamming about the neighborhood. You have to keep your eye on the weather if you don’t want to get frustrated or rack up a sizeable bill. Schedule all your renovations during seasons that are most ideal for them. Avoid any major projects during rainy or snowy seasons as these conditions will affect everything from transportation to acquisition of materials.

The Inhabitants

You and your family will play important roles in prolonging or shortening your home remodeling. This isn’t much of a factor if you are building or remodeling areas of your home that no one lives in.

For example, improving your carport design will probably not be affected by someone’s schedule. However, if you are retiling your bathroom or remodeling your kitchen, you must take into consideration the habits and needs of other people. This can increase the cost of the project as you find alternative lodging for you and your family as you renovate your existing premises.

Every home remodeling project that will affect your main living quarters will invariably be affected by the people living in it. It’s better to take these into consideration well before construction starts.

The Contractors

The people who are actually going to build your new projects will be the primary factors to watch out for during the home remodeling. But what specifically about your contractors will affect your project?

First, the experience of the contractors will dictate how fast and reliable you can expect the project to go. New companies can be less reliable than older counterparts purely because their contractors don’t have the same breadth of experience. Another factor that can affect how contractors will impact your remodeling is their cost. Pricier contractors don’t always mean they work more efficiently.

So you should always keep your ears open for reviews on how effective a contractor is in finishing their projects.

The Market

Finally, your home remodeling projects can be purely motivated by your desire to put your home on the market. This will massively affect your project since market trends will determine what you will put into your home.

For example, if you want to tap into the eco-friendly buyer market, you may want to build a drought resistant garden or install tankless water heating systems. Neither of these types of improvements are particularly cheap or quick to build. So you must be wary of what market trends you plan on trying to take advantage of.

Without proper planning, you can end up choosing a market that’s way above your means, and your home remodeling can stall.

Home remodeling is a major commitment, one that will benefit greatly if you put a lot of thought into each project. Understanding and planning for the factors that can affect your home remodel is essential in ensuring you don’t go overboard and cause a messy situation.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).