Remodeling: Phase It In

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
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In the ideal world we’d all have enough cash to just remodel the whole house at once. Simply jet off to a Caribbean island and have the contractor call you when he’s done.

Trend Update: Try Phased Remodeling

Most people don’t live that way, however. According to Building Online, as the economy has turned, more and more people are remodeling in phases and spreading out the costs. They do the room addition, then the painting a few months later, then the window treatments and furniture.

Phased remodeling has several benefits, but it can be tricky. Yes, you’re spreading out the costs, but you don’t want to redo work when the contractor returns to tear apart the next room.

Tackle That Remodeling Plan

If you want to remodel this way, you definitely need a plan. This article by The National Association of Home Builders can get you started with remodeling planning. Then talk with your contractor and see what fits with your timing and budget. If you’re adding replacement windows you need to plan the whole house. When adding them in stages, do a whole side of the house or one floor at once so you keep up that curb appeal.

Also make sure you’re not losing out on cold hard cash. Many replacement windows are eligible for a federal tax credit through 2010 (see the Energy Star site for more). If you know that replacement windows are a given for your house, get it done this year.

Ask the Contractor

Also find out which projects are hard to spread out, such as some wiring and flooring projects. If you need a new circuit panel or have unsafe wiring, don’t defer.

Spreading out your remodeling can help your budget and save your sanity because small projects often are easier on your nerves. Talk with your contractor to see what makes sense.

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  1. 3 Responses to “Remodeling: Phase It In”

  2. Jul 27, 2010

    In my addition phase remodeling is about all everyone does. Also more and more people are going the DIY style to save money on the project, which has it’s own set of pro’s and con’s. Thanks for the link to the NAHB site as I missed that one and found some great stuff. Will try to send some traffic to the site.

  3. Jan 3, 2011

    Phased remodeling also has a tendency to be a strain on your patience, but unfortunately economics often dictate the “how”. It’s good advice to have a comprehensive plan in place before you start remodeling. Very good advice.

  4. Jan 21, 2011

    Spreading a remodel out it also nice because it is easier to stay in your home while it is going on. But before starting get with your contractor and make a god plan.

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