3 tips for a successful home office remodel in Chicago

July 24, 2020

So you want to remodel your home office. It’s a smart move, considering we’ll all be staying inside for the foreseeable future. But where do you start?

Don’t worry, JATES Remodeling & Construction is here to help. Follow these three tips for a successful home office remodel in Chicago, Illinois.

Tip #1: Start planning now

Nailing down your plan now will save you so much time, money, and stress down the line. You should know exactly what you want to do, about how long it will take, and your budget for your renovation project.

Take everything you can think of into account, especially when it comes to your budget. Calculate how much you expect to pay for the materials you need, any necessary building permits, the cost of labor, as well as any furnishings you’ll need to fill the space and make it feel like home.

A good rule of thumb: Save at least 10% of your total budget for any unexpected costs that could come up during your remodel.

Without the proper planning, you may realize halfway through that it’ll take much longer than you expected, or that you’ll run out of money before the project is complete.

Tip #2: Choose a reputable contractor

When choosing the people that will help you bring your home office vision to life, you’ll want to make sure that they have the right qualifications. A trustworthy contractor should have:

  • At least three years (but preferably more) of experience in the field
  • Great marks from the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • A list of references that you can contact

The best place to look for a contractor is through your network. Ask your friends, family members, and colleagues if they’ve recently completed any renovation projects, or if they know anyone that they’d recommend.

Of course, we’re a great option to consider too, as we’ve spent over 30 years helping families and businesses in the greater Chicago area renovate their spaces. Check out our portfolio of finished projects to see our work for yourself, and ask us for references to verify the quality of work we do.

Tip #3: Get a detailed contract in place before starting any work

A contract is important to protect you, your home, and your money during your home office remodel. It’ll also ensure that both you and your contractor are on the same page at every stage of the project.

You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you’ve finally completed your renovation, only to find out it looks nothing like you wanted — or worse, realizing that your contractor skipped out on you and took your deposit with him.

Some things to include on your contract:

  • Your home address
  • The start and completion date of the project
  • A detailed explanation of what will and won't be done
  • A breakdown of all the costs involved

Don’t put off your home renovation project get started today

Whether you’re going for a totally different look with your home office remodel in Chicago or just want to update your kitchen with the latest styles, you’ll want JATES Remodeling & Construction on your side.

In addition to remodeling existing rooms in your home, we can also help you add new rooms to your house and even update your lighting, plumbing, roofing, and siding as well. Turn to us as the experts for anything you need done in your home.

Plus, we offer affordable financing plans through GreenSky so you can start building the home of your dreams sooner than you think.

Contact us on our website with any questions or concerns you may have, or request a quote for your home renovation project today.

a woman enjoying her home office remodel in Chicago