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4 Basics to Understand Before Remodeling

Thinking about starting a remodel in one of the rooms of your home, but haven’t a clue where to start and what to consider? Whether you’re working on a fairly complex kitchen remodel or outdoor deck remodel, or a relatively basic bathroom remodel, you should always go in prepared.

While companies like Handyman Connection, located in areas such as Pasadena, Los Angeles, and Altadena, are there to provide contractors and various other experts to take care of the handwork, don’t go in blind. Know what work is being done to your home.

Starting with these 4 basics, you can go into a remodel with your toes wet.

Set a Budget

While the best and most engaging HGTV shows make an extravagant remodel seem so quick and rewarding, they also teach you that remodels can be more costly than what is in the budget.

When assessing how much of a budget you have to work with, always aim for an affordable number. While you might think you have a decent sum to work with, expenses add up quickly. Often you end up running into what they call “hidden expenses” that require attention, regardless if you want to bother with them or not.

In general, you should have at least 20% additional finances set aside for the project than what is actually in the budget. This is normally the maximum amount over the initially planned budget that home owners tend to spend.

Consider Your Space

When creating a new and exciting layout, you might feel like you’ve got a whole new room added to your house. However, that doesn’t mean you’ve actually extended the square footage you have to work with. Unless you have the extensive finances needed to literally extend your square footage, you have to work with your available space.

Knowing exactly how much space you have to work with will make it easy to make decisions such as:

· How much storage space/cabinetry you want/need

· The amount of counter space you want/need

· Where you want to place appliances and features to maximize movability

Keeping in mind your needs and wants, and how much space you have to work with, then you can more efficiently plan the layout of your remodeled room to ensure practicality and function.

Get Quality Product

Since often it is difficult to pinpoint an exact budget for your remodel, it can be challenging to know how much you can afford to pay for aspects such as appliances and features.

Despite the budgeting challenge, you should still go for the best quality products you can afford. While this might mean not getting the appliances with all the bells and whistles, or the fanciest, most in-style features, you can focus on seemingly more important aspects such as the most long-lasting, most efficient, and best in durability.

One way to get both a good purchase price and also of the best quality would be to buy used items. Though some might think new is always best, used items of a better quality can be a better alternative to cheap, new items.

Choosing a Contractor

Once you know exactly what you want out of your remodel, and know what you can afford, it’s time to hire an experienced professional.

When deciding on a contractor, take the time to read into their customer reviews. After you find one that has enough good reviews to convince you, make sure to ask for references from recent jobs. Finally, if possible, in the time of COVID-19, try to see their work first hand; this can be done by asking for photographs or even a virtual tour of a current job site.


Whether you’re looking for an expert in kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, or even deck remodeling, Handyman Connection of Pasadena can provide the quality services you need. Call Handyman Connection of Pasadena in Los Angeles at 626-744-0402 to schedule your free estimate today!

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