Frequently Asked Questioned

We often receive questions from readers like you relating to home remodeling and decorating. While we love answering your questions directly, sometimes the high volume of emails and comments that we get makes it difficult for us to get back to you right away. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of questions that we get asked most frequently to help you get the answers you need.

Am I better off hiring a contractor or doing things myself?

This depends entirely on your situation. For small projects, you will likely save lots of money if you do things yourself. However, you want to make sure that you are completely capable of completing the project on your own before getting started. Be sure to do lots of research and decide if it’s something you want to take on. For those with larger projects to tackle, or who are very inexperienced with home remodeling, you are likely better off just working with a contractor. Even though it may be more expensive, the investment will be worth it in the quality of the results.

Will a home renovation prevent me from living in my space normally?

While renovation projects can be somewhat intrusive, they are generally not as bad as people expect. The biggest intrusion is usually the noise that comes with construction. You may also not have access to certain parts of your home for a few days, and you may experience some interruption to your utilities. However, a good contractor will let you know when these things will happen in advance so you can plan around them.

I want to make changes to my home, but I’m not sure where to start. Which rooms will give me the most bang for my buck if I remodel?

Generally, some rooms tend to need more work than others just because they see more wear and tear over time. A kitchen or bathroom should usually be the first focus point for a remodel. Both of these rooms are generally used by all residents and visitors, and the technology and utilities need to be updated fairly frequently. Another useful remodeling project would be to add a home office. This gives you a comfortable place to focus and get work done.

Can I remodel on a limited budget?

Yes! It’s definitely possible to do a cost-effective remodel. You’ll need to spend more time in the planning phase in order to find affordable materials and contractors, but you can make changes even with a small budget.