The first thing you need to do to remodel your house is to plan it out in your head. Think about what you want your house to look like. If you have a spouse, make sure you both want the same thing. You will also need to determine if you have the money to remodel.
You will want to do some research. Look at magazines and get some ideas. Measure the room you are redoing, and draw it out on graph paper. It is easier to plan it out if you have a visual. You will want to talk to an electrician about the cost. If you can do any of it by yourself, then do it. But, if you have not done it before and you are not experienced you may need some help. Do the things you can do by yourself. If you can do dry walling, don’t pay someone to do it.
You will probably want to hire an architect for more complicated jobs. If you are just doing one room, it may not even be worth it, but it wont be that expensive either. Talk to your spouse before you make any decisions. You may also need to take out a loan. Do not do this unless you have to. Remodeling can be very expensive.
Ask about contractors and permits. Your loan officer may be able to help you with this. You will probably also need to apply for a building permit. Talk to many contractors about the cost and labor of your project. Do not just automatically go with the one with the lowest price. Do some research on it and ask around. The most expensive is not always the best either. Contractors are also usually willing to negotiate prices. There are many things you will have to consider. For example, you will want to have the roof finished before it rains.
After you hire a contractor, make sure you are making weekly visits to inspect the work. Don’t get in the way though. Just point out some things you may want to change.