Planning a home remodel: Services & steps involved

by Tony Carter, Realtor® 07/30/2023

If you’re planning a home remodel, services are available to assist you in planning the entire project. However, even with guidelines for what you’ll need, the process can seem overwhelming. 

Before you get started, here are some of the key things to consider when planning a major home improvement project:

What is the goal of your home improvement project?

Before you dive in to the details, consider the big picture. What is the main goal of your project? Do you want to add value to your home to make it more attractive to potential buyers? Or do you want to make changes specifically for you and your household to enjoy?

While you can answer “yes” to both questions, it’s a good idea to think about your neighborhood before you get started. This can help you figure out which renovations will provide the most benefit. 

When it’s time to hire contractors

Create a list of the tasks you can accomplish on your own, and another list with the tasks you need help with. For the tasks requiring outside help, research professionals in your area to find the best person to assist you.

Investigate multiple contractors to compare rates and services offered. Ask them specific questions about the project timeline, how to handle unexpected costs and their liability insurance. The ideal contractor should be able to help you accomplish your home remodel goals while providing excellent customer service and quality work.

Don’t forget to obtain the necessary permits

You’ll need a permit for most home renovations, and leaving them until the last minute can have expensive and inconvenient consequences. Many contractors provide a service of obtaining permits on your behalf, but in some cases you’ll need to fill out and submit applications yourself. 

All permit applications require an inspection to make sure your home remodel meets structural and safety standards. If your project requires a permit, add this to your project schedule as soon as possible. This is another aspect of a house remodel which can cause delays, so the sooner you work out the paperwork, the better.

The planning process for a home renovation can be exciting, but it can also be confusing. Luckily, there are professionals available to help. As long as you keep these basics in mind, you’ll be on your way to enjoying your newly remodeled home.

About the Author

Tony Carter, Realtor®

My wife, Cindy and I, moved to Florida 9 years ago from Wisconsin, where we were born and raised. I proudly served in the United States Air Force and was stationed overseas and in The Gulf War. Became a member of The American Legion and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). After, the Military, I got into the retail business for the last 25 years. During my last position, in the retail. I was second-in-charge of a 125 million dollar a year business. Thatis where I developed my passion for customer service and taking care of the customer. With that passion, I became a full-time licensed Realtor in the state of Florida. I understand that real estate is not just a transaction but an important personal decision, a decision that may need guidance. I am here to answer any questions and guide you and your family through the process. Whether buying for the first time. Purchasing a condo, single-family home, investment property or a time-share on the beach. I am the exclusive Realtor for the Mariner Beach Club in St Pete Beach, Florida and for the Island Gulf Resort in Madeira Beach, Florida. Please feel free to contact me with your real estate needs directly at cell 262-894-8135 or via e-mail at [email protected] or website; Timeshare on St. Pete Beach, Florida. Video of the Mariner Beach Club, St. Pete Beach, Florida. Website to the timeshare at Madeira Beach, Florida.