What to Expect When Remodeling Your South Bend Home

No more wood paneling! Death to dated tilework! It’s time to stop drooling over online inspiration and take on the tired design in your beloved family home! Keep all your memories under one roof, but ditch the clumsy kitchen layout, get the owners’ suite you deserve, or tailor your bathroom to meet your every need! If you’re considering remodeling your home, you likely have questions about the order of events, time commitment, and budget involved with your project. 

What to Expect When Remodeling Your South Bend Home

At Peacock & Company, we appreciate that you’re taking the time to learn about the process so you can make the most of your remodeling project! We understand what an investment of time, money, heart, and dreams this process can be. We’ve been remodeling South Bend area homes for years, and we’re pleased to use our experience with a wide variety of remodeling projects to help you plan your project. If you live in our neighborhood, we’d be honored to talk with you about your remodeling project! 

Steps to Remodel Your Home

The steps for remodeling are a bit different for every project, but most follow the same general order. Here are the steps for remodeling your home:

Dream and Plan

This part is a lot of fun! Collect style inspiration, color palettes, decor, and material ideas online. Pin everything and prune it down later. It can be easier to narrow down your favorite if you view lots of looks that once sparked your fancy side by side. Revisiting your choices can ensure that your vision consistently delights and subtly evolves.

Learn more about the area you are considering remodeling:

  • Which walls are load-bearing?
  • What materials are used in the current space?
  • What parts need some cosmetic upgrades? 
  • What elements have a date with a sledgehammer?
  • What is the square footage for the project you have planned?

Set Your Budget and Secure Your Financing

Once you have a rough idea of the project you envision, you will have an idea about the kind of budget your project might require. We’ll talk more about the cost of a remodel later. Remodeling projects can be financed in several ways (e.g., savings, Home Equity Line of Credit, home equity loan, personal loan, credit card). Assess your situation and speak with your financial team to select the right one for you. Many of the common mistakes during remodels are avoided with careful planning.

Select a Contractor

Check out some contractors in your area. Review their recent projects to find a good match with the look you envision. 

Interview your top candidates to ensure you find the right fit. You deserve a contractor who invests in your dreams. An excellent contractor will take the time to answer your questions and make sure you understand the details. When interviewing a contractor, consult our list here for great contractor interview questions.


We need to get the proper permits for your project to ensure that all goes according to plan during the build and your project meets all local requirements so that you don’t have a hassle on your hands when it’s time to resell.


Kiss your old space goodbye! It’s time for the dust to fly! If you are remodeling a large portion of your living space or a room that can’t be easily replaced, like a kitchen, you will have to make plans to continue your daily life in your remaining space or stay somewhere else.

Preparation for your remodel might include:

  • Clearing all personal items for the space
  • Making alternate living arrangements if the construction plan is extensive
  • Preparing easy meals to reheat during construction
  • Relocating appliances and other frequently used items that typically used in the space 


Each project includes a unique combination of these needs, and many contractors complete some of them in a different order, but remodeling work is generally completed in the following order:

  • Framing
  • HVAC/Plumbing/Electrical
  • Walls
  • Painting
  • Cabinets
  • Appliances
  • Finishing
  • Final Walk-Through

Final Approval

Your project isn’t over until you approve the work. Your contractor will usually schedule a final walkthrough and follow-up to ensure that you’re happy with your new space.

Cost for Common Projects

How long will your remodeling project take? How much will your remodeling project cost? Of course, the unsatisfying answer is that it depends. Your builder can give you a much better estimate of the length of your project. With that said, we all feel a little more comfortable when we have a ballpark idea. 

Kitchen Remodel Cost and Timeline

Cost: Costs for kitchen remodels in South Bend range from $24,600 for a minor project to $115,000 for an upscale project. Average major kitchen remodels cost about $52,000.

Time: Typical kitchen remodeling projects take two to four months.

Bathroom Remodel Cost and Timeline

Cost: Bathroom remodels cover a wide range of costs. High-end bathroom remodels in South Bend cost $70,200. Mid-range bathroom remodels in the area run an average of $27,600. A universal design bathroom remodel averages $44,200 in South Bend.

Time: Bathroom remodels generally take eight to ten weeks.

We Are Excited to Dream With You!

If you live in the South Bend Area, we would love to talk to you about your remodeling project. Peacock & Company has the expertise and experience to deliver satisfying results for your Michiana area remodel. Give us a call today or reach out to get started!

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