If your Seattle-area home no longer meets your family’s needs you may be considering a remodeling project to make your home more comfortable, convenient, or even more energy efficient. Or you just may be ready for some updates to make it feel more like home. There are a number of good reasons for remodeling, and there really isn’t a “wrong” reason to remodel your Seattle-area home.
Still, you may be wondering, “Is now a good time?”
Begin With a Budget
When you hear that question, the first thoughts that come to mind may be economic ones. Finances are always a key issue to consider. That’s why it’s a good idea to create a realistic budget for any project you’re considering. So how do you go about setting your budget if you don’t know what things are going to cost?
One way we help prospective clients with that issue is to offer a no-obligation 10-minute phone consultation with our Renovations Manager, Rob Van Houton. You'll glean information about design trends and what others in your situation have done. You'll receive guidance on the best approach to your situation. And you'll identify a budget range for your project. It’s not a formal bid, but it will ensure that you’re in the right ballpark. Knowing what your approximate budget will be is a good way for you to determine if now is the right time to begin a remodeling project.
In the meantime, you can take a look at the 2017 cost vs value report for the Seattle, Washington area.
Make it Personal
Let’s be honest, a home remodeling project is a somewhat invasive process. That shouldn’t scare you off, but you will want to be aware that things can be a bit unsettled for a while (By the way, here’s a helpful resource for smooth sailing during the remodeling process). Remodeling (especially a more complex renovation project) can require a significant time commitment on your part. You’ll want to make sure you (and your family) are ready for that kind of a commitment before you start.
Here are some questions that can help you determine if now is really the right time for you to remodel. Be brutally honest as you answer these questions. You’ll be much happier in the long run.
- Do I have a hard time making decisions? (You’ll be faced with a lot of decision-making in the remodeling process)
- Once I make decisions, do I struggle with wanting to change them? (If you’re prone to continually changing your mind, you can end up extending the length of the project—and increasing the budget)
- Am I a perfectionist? (It’s good to demand quality from your remodeler, but not everything is going to be absolutely flawless. If you expect absolute perfection you’ll be in for a rough time)
- Is my schedule so busy it’s difficult to find time to do the things I enjoy? (If you already feel like you don’t have enough time, adding a remodeling project to your packed schedule isn’t going to help)
- Do uncertainty and lack of control add stress to my life? (Only you can determine if living with the normal distraction and uncertainty a remodel brings is going to be stressful for you—or whether it’s something you can handle)
- Am I regularly disappointed by interactions with other people? (It’s essential to bring the right frame of mind into a remodeling project rather than expecting things to go south)
- Do I handle conflict by looking for win/win solutions? (Sometimes remodelers uncover unforeseen problems after beginning a project. If you’re willing to look for solutions where everyone wins, you and your builder will both be much happier)
- Do I have some available time in my life for the next 2-3 months? (This is related to the schedule question above, but it’s really more of an attitude and an understanding that remodeling will require some of your time. Is this a good time to take that on that burden?)
- Am I realistic enough to recognize that things aren’t always perfect? (Pictures of remodeling projects on sites such as Houzz.com always look perfect. Reality is a different story. Can you live with minor imperfections that don’t compromise the quality of the project?)
- Is our family life stable enough to handle the additional activity? (It’s important to consider that remodeling impacts your whole family. If a family member is having a tough time, it may be wiser to wait a while)
If you answered “no” to the first six questions and “yes” to the last four, you’re probably in a good position to start looking for a remodeling company. If not, you may want to wait a bit before undertaking a significant project.
If you’re still wondering it not is the right time to remodel your Seattle-area home, you might want to check out this post that looks at 5 unmistakable signs that it’s time to remodel.