Planning your home renovation is an exciting task but also very demanding, both mentally and physically. The success of your remodeling project depends on this good your strategy is. To ensure that your renovation doesn’t go past the set time, cause you a lot of frustration, or and goes past your budget, we have put together a renovation guide that would help you to plan each stage so you can have little to no hitch during your home remodeling project.
Have A Vision
The best time to conceive the overall vision for your project is at least 6-12 months before you start executing. Remodeling is a huge investment, and you want to ensure that you have a solid reason or a goal for the renovation. Some common reasons for renovations are:
- Upgrades for outdated appliances or systems
- Room additions for your growing family
- Increase the resale value of your home.
When planning a renovation, remember that value-driven home improvements or upgrades are most beneficial, for instance, repairing the roof, improving the curb appeal of your home, renovating your kitchen, or turning your deck into an entertainment space for your visitors.
Create A Budget
You should come up with a budget for your home renovation project at least three months before you start.
Determining a budget early on that suits your current financial condition and remaining faithful to it is crucial when planning a renovation. When creating a budget, conclude the amount you want to spend. Here are some ideas of what your budget should cover the following:
- Building materials
- Unexpected costs e.t.c
- Waste removal
Consult with a professional when creating estimates to have a more accurate picture of the cost of your renovation projects. If the total amount is above your budget, review your project plan again and see if you can make some changes.
Interview And Hire A Contractor
Ideally, you should start your search at least 2 to 3 months before your project. This would allow you to take your time to find the best contractor within your budget. There are many things to look out for when hiring a contractor, such as:
- A good number of years of experience
- A contracting license
- A certificate of insurance
- A portfolio of work done
- And a good track record
Once this part has been taken care of and you have a shortlist, you can evaluate the payment schedule. Remember that a good contractor will not demand you pay the complete amount upfront.
Other Steps In Your Remodeling Plan Include:
- Choosing a theme and design elements
- Setting a timeline for your project
- Get permits
- Preparation for the renovation (decluttering, packing, and moving out)
With so many things to plan, the above steps should help your renovation project go as smoothly as possible.