If you’re thinking about renovating or remodeling your home, a little research can go a long way. Maybe you’re a hardcore do-it-yourself-er, or perhaps you are planning to work with an experienced contractor – either way, having a vision about what you want to achieve and preparing carefully could make your remodel go painlessly. Books are a great way to start. You can get inspired, gather ideas and make note of tips to follow and things to avoid. Here are three great ones:
- Renovate, Remodel … and Relax! by Kathi Fleck
Veteran designer Kathi Fleck (owner of Lone Star Property Design Build) takes a start to finish approach, breaking down the complicated process of renovation into practical steps. In addition to aesthetic concerns, Fleck doesn’t shy away from real life topics such as budgeting and how to live in a house that’s being remodeled.
- Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House
by Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott
HGTV’s Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott, collect some of their most useful tips gleaned from buying, selling and renovating hundreds of homes. They approach things from a seller’s perspective, focusing on things that can add to the resale value of a home, such as spa-like bathrooms and swapping out single sinks for a double in the kitchen.
- Tips and Traps for Hiring a Contractor
by R. Woodson
Thirty-year contracting veteran and author Woodson knows the reno business inside and out. Here he shares his tips about how to find an honest contractor, deal with them fairly, and avoid the con artists. His words to the wise could end up saving you heartache and a ton of money.
All three of these beautifully produced books will get you started on the right track for home remodeling. Get your dream going with some expert help from some of the best in the business.