10 Tips for Successfully Planning a Home Renovation

It’s finally happening: all of your hopes and dreams with the house you own are now coming to fruition… AKA you’re remodeling your home.

Congratulations! This is a time for planning and diligent note-taking (celebration comes later).

Planning a home renovation can be one of the most exciting and stressful times of your life as a homeowner. Certain things will happen that keep you on the edge of your seat for numerous weeks.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make sure it goes as swimmingly as possible.

Here are several tips for planning a home remodeling and how to best take advantage of it.

1. Details, Details, Details

Simply put: you can never be too detailed with how you want the remodel to go.

Granted, there will be certain aspects, such as wiring and plumbing, that you won’t be able to plan for (that’s what you pay the home designer to do). But you can still provide as many specifics as possible for the layout you’re going for.

You’ve been dreaming of this day since you were little. Start bringing some of your ideas to life through pictures and descriptions that you find on the internet.

2. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

There’s never been as many cool improvements and renovations that you can do to your house as there is in the modern-day.

Even still, you have a plan in place, so stick to it. Don’t let other things distract you from achieving the goal that you have for yourself.

There’s a finish line that you’re hoping to cross. Overdoing one aspect of the home renovation won’t just put you over budget, it will prolonge the entire process.

3. Make a Budget

Now that you know the end goal that you’re trying to achieve, and the things you’ll need to buy to achieve it, it’s time to create a budget.

Get with your spouse and discuss the maximum amount you’re willing to spend on the home remodeling. What aspects of the remodel are must-have’s? Which ones aren’t as essential?

There are always ways to meet any budget you place for yourself and successfully pull off the end result you’re looking for. Things like choosing separate materials and tools will help cut costs.

4. Scale the Calendar

Did you have a particular date in mind for when your remodeling project would be complete? 

Maybe you were hoping it would be just before Christmas time or that it would be finished before the big graduation party for your son.

Whatever the case may be, mark that date on your calendar and lay out a plan for how to meet that date. It may be eye-opening how many weekends you’ll be dedicating towards the project, but it’ll all be worth it in the end.

5. Hire Talent for the Job

Many people make the mistake of hiring the lowest-priced contractor that they can find. 

However, the price reduction won’t be worth dealing with their lack of experience, accessibility, or legitimacy towards the project you have.

Instead, hire someone that has years of experience, a large network, and glowing reviews to back up their reputation. You won’t want to cheap out on the home remodeling project you’ve always dreamed of.

6. Ask for Advice

Odds are you’re not the only one in your group of friends and family members that have undergone a home remodeling project.

Many people can tell you the different pains and successes that they went through when they remodeled, hear them out on it. Ask them questions in various situations.

See if there’s anyone that they highly recommend you work with or stay away from when planning the project. All of this information will prove highly-valuable as you go through it.

7. Be Honest with Yourself

Whether it’s budgetary or otherwise, you’ll face certain limitations with your remodeling. There will be a few things that you wanted to incorporate but are too far over you or your contractor’s area of expertise.

Heed this advice: if that’s the case, it’s better to avoid them.

Limitations can quickly become a safety risk or financial burden if and when there are setbacks in the process.

8. Think of Your Day-to-Day Life

All of this remodeling is well and good, but unless you have other living arrangements… you still have to live in the house while you remodel.

The process may take several months, and you don’t want your family’s daily lives to take too much of a hit during that time.

Setbacks are inevitable, but try avoiding them by considering your day-to-day lives ahead of time. Things like walking out of the shower improperly dressed can be super awkward when a worker is trying to remodel your home.

9. Pack What Needs to be Packed

Depending on the size of your remodel, the things in your house can either be shifted around for the time being or need to be stored elsewhere.

If so, there are quality options for things like furniture storage to make sure no damage is done to your items during construction.

Take precautions whenever and wherever necessary. The remodeling process becomes far less enjoyable when you’re having to walk around furniture every day.

10. Consider the Necessary Permits

While many people consider permits to be an obstacle in the road of remodeling, they’re actually made to protect you.

Permits are used to ensure your remodeling plans line up with safety requirements such as fire and safety regulations.

While it may take a bit longer, you’ll be happy you did it. Not to mention the time you’ll save when you inevitably have to go back for them later regardless.

Planning a Home Renovation: Always Be Prepared

Now that you’ve seen a few tips on planning a home renovation, it’s time to get going on your research.

Set yourself up for success and help your contractor remodel the home in a way that you’ll enjoy for decades to come!

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