5 Tips For Planning Your Home Renovation
Renovating your home is an exciting process, but can feel overwhelming at the beginning. In order for a renovation to be successful, there are five key tips you should consider before picking up a hammer.
Know your end goal
Are you renovating to increase the value of your home to sell in the future? Is this your forever home? Know which renovations are a good return on investment, and which will be considered overdoing it for the area. Having a specific plan in place for your future will help you decide how deep to go with your project.
Have a budget
We always encourage our clients to have a good understanding of how much they would like to invest into a renovation. This will make things easier for you when you receive quotes from contractors or interior designers — how much do you have to allocate to each? Make a detailed list of everything you must have such as any required permits, building fees, etc. this will help you prioritize what you need versus what’s nice to have. Remember to add in a contingency fund for any unexpected costs.
Build a detailed project timeline
Are you aiming to have your house complete by a certain date or holiday? Work through the deadlines on paper to see if it’s doable. Having realistic expectations will be better for you in the long run, and may help alleviate some of the pressure that comes with having an overly ambitious and tight timeline.
Do your research
Reach out to your network and see who has been through a home renovation. By building up your own knowledge, you’ll be more involved in the renovation process, and learn about any red flags that your friends / family came across when they were going through the renovation process. Getting referrals from your network is a great way to find trusted and high-quality people to work with.
Before the remodel comes the pre-model, which involves organizing, decluttering and emptying the project space before the remodel begins. It’s as necessary to the process as getting the right permits. Build this into your timeline and your project will start on time. Be organized when it comes to packing away your items. It’s a pain, but your future self will be thankful that you were organized and tidy. Label boxes clearly, and pack everything away based on where it belongs in your home (i.e. all kitchen materials together, living room decor, etc.) This means no throwing stuff into boxes haphazardly.