Planning Your Home Renovation
Whether you’re buying a fixer upper or you want to add features to your existing home, renovations can be overwhelming and stressful. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you make a plan, you can create a better sense of order and make your renovation much less stressful. The following checklist can get you started.
Make Your Wish List
The first step is to decide exactly what you want to do in your home. Prioritize the things that will make the biggest impact. For example, you may want to renovate your entire downstairs, but need to start with just one or two spaces. Make your kitchen a priority and then move on from there. You may want to open up your kitchen to the rest of your house, which might move this room to the top of the list.
Determine Your Budget
You need to know how much money you’re working with. Renovations can quickly escalate a budget, so it’s a good idea to determine how much you have to spend and what you can get done for that amount of money. Be realistic that your project likely will go over the amount you want to spend, and budget for increases accordingly.
Set Your Dates
You also need to decide the best time frame for your renovation. For example, the weather may affect certain jobs, so you should avoid doing them in the winter. Or, you may need the house to be ready before a specific event, such as the start of the school year.
Select a Contractor
The next step is to decide who will do the work. You certainly can do some, if not all, of the work yourself, but if the scope of work is more than you have the time or skills to do, hiring a professional will be the better choice. When picking a contractor, ask for recommendations and get several quotes before making a final decision.
Give Yourself Space
One of the most overlooked aspects of home renovation is failing to create a retreat within your own home. If every room is torn up, where can you go for some peace of mind? Establish an oasis for yourself or your family — and, if possible, have another place where you can retreat to escape the chaos of renovations.
If you are ready to renovate your home, contact us today to learn more.