We have done a lot of remolding over the years both on our own and by hiring someone so I though I would start offering some advice if you are looking to do some yourself.
So we have decided to do some remolding on our new place to make it fit our family better and make some improvements.
So how do we start all this....
1. Figure out what you need to do?
To do this find the major problems in your house. Do you have draft windows that are letting cold or warm air in around them? Do you have any insulation in the walls or attic? How do the pipes look? Is there corrosion around them? How is your roof and siding?
These are some areas that should be address first. These are areas that will give the structure of your house the security and support that will allow you to make the cosmetic improvements that you want to make in the future.
2. Figure out what you want to do?
How can you improve this house and make it your own? Does the flooring need to be change? Is the carpet or flooring bad? Do the rooms need to be remodeled or repainted? What else do you want to change? Is there walls you want to remove or add? Is the kitchen or bathroom how you want it?
The second ones are all decisions that can be made to make your house your home. Once you have the bones of your house secure you can change it and make cosmetic improvements. This is when you get to play.
3. Once you have figured out what needs and what you want to do it's time to either figure out if you can do it yourself or if you need to hire someone to do it.
4. If you are going to hire someone to do it, it is best to find some people to interview and give you bids on the work that you want done. When we have someone do work for us we usually get at least 3 different bids so we have a general idea of how much it will cost and what we can do for what price. Usually we ask friends that have had work done and been happy with it to suggest someone. Another good way to find someone to do the work for you is to stop by a lumberyard or hardware store and get some suggestions from them. If they are a good one they will only suggest people that will do a good job and that they would personally use.