The Wells Team has hit week four of our Lake Lanier Home Renovation.
Learning Curve is an understatement.
Our first tip is simple: Be ready to dedicate your time and energy to this project. Even though we have an excellent contractor, this is not a project where you sit and wait for results.
So what have we learned?
- During the renovation process we discovered that items removed from the home can be sold. We sold the old appliances, jacuzzi tub, ceiling fans, and light fixtures. We even hauled the two old furnaces to the scrap yard for the sum of $14!!!! Craigs List and Facebook work great!
- We were proactive with selections. We researched interior and exterior colors, metal roof colors, bathroom fixtures, appliances, and flooring
- We were able to convert the home from electric to gas for appliances. Gas is more economical alternative in our area. In addition we are going to receive rebates on the new, high efficiency furnaces, and hot water heater!
- We researched the latest in home technology. Do we go with cable or dish? Do we run Cat 6 wire to access the internet and future television products? Do we go wireless speakers or wired? Wired or wireless alarm system? Video cameras? Flood lights? Before you meet with the technician have answers!
- Good communication with the contractor is crucial! Our contractor has given us our "homework" that we need to do during the process. This include keeping with the selections that need to be made in order to continue the process. (Remember we were proactive from the beginning). We follow up with emails to the contractor with questions. We do not email for every individual item. Instead we wait, compile a list, and then communicate.
- Weekly meetings with the contractor. The contractor reviews where we are in the process, physically walks us through the home explaining what has transpired, gets our approval on what has been done before the next stage begins, and answers questions.
- Budget: We have built our own spreadsheet to keep track of contractor draws and expenses. We have a budget we are sticking to but we have the latitude to save money whenever possible. We have looked into less expensive light fixtures, vanities, and appliances. We are using items from our current home in the new home.
If you enjoy designing, demolition, shopping, and waking up in the middle of the night with ideas, then renovation if for you.
So far on schedule!
Stay tuned for Part 3