How to Start Planning Your Next Home Renovation Project

A Seamless, Stress-Free Home Renovation Starts With Working Smarter, Not Harder

Home renovation and remodeling projects can get a bad rap. From stressful timelines to unpredictable budgets to horrifying ‘money pit’ style stories, there are dozens of reasons why homeowners may feel anxious about beginning their next home improvement project. But it doesn’t have to be so hard!

In fact, with over 10 years of experience in residential and commercial construction and renovation, we’ve learned—a great renovation experience is really all about having a solid plan, and a solid team to help you execute that plan.

If you’re in the early stages of planning a home improvement, remodel, or renovation, keep reading. In this article, we’re sharing five tips to help you start planning a successful home renovation project with ease.

5 Tips For Planning Your Home Renovation Project

  1. Create a Clear Plan For What You Want

One of the biggest issues homeowners can face as they delve into a renovation is the realization that they don’t know exactly what they’re looking for with their project. Many homeowners have a general idea of what they’re looking for—a bright and airy aesthetic, new appliances, etc.—but they may have a hard time articulating specific details.

In order to plan a realistic budget and timeline, and to hire the most appropriate contractors for the job, it’s important to understand exactly what you’re looking for. Create a vision board, spend some time on Pinterest, and try to come up with a clear picture of what you’d like for your space to look like in an ideal world.

2. Set a Realistic Project Budget

Once you know what you want, figuring out how much your project is going to cost becomes much easier. Take a realistic inventory of your financial situation and decide how much you’d like to spend, and the absolute maximum budget you’re able to put into your project. Then, ask around for estimates to see whether your wants and your budget align. If they don’t, your professional team should be able to help you make decisions about what’s possible vs. what may need to wait until later.

3. Hire Contractors

Speaking of your professional team—hiring the right contractors is perhaps the most important part of your planning process. Having the right people in your corner can dramatically influence how far your budget stretches, the quality of your renovation, and your overall happiness during the length of the project.

When choosing contractors, look for people in your area who have proven experience with your type of project. For example, if you have a historic home, it’s important to work with a contractor who understands the unique needs of older houses. Don’t be afraid to interview multiple contractors to find someone who’s licensed, insured, experienced, and who understands your vision and has the experience to make it happen.

4. Plan Your Project Timeline

If you’ve chosen a great contractor, this part of the planning process should be relatively simple, Working with your team, figure out how long you should expect the entire renovation process to take. Will it happen in phases? Will you be able to stay in your home while the work is being done? Be sure to ask your contractor all your questions—there are no silly questions when it comes to making an investment in your home, and you’ll feel better for knowing the answers before you dive into the deep end.

5.Prepare Your Home For Your Project

The final step in planning your home renovation project is preparing your space for its upcoming facelift. Depending on the extent of your renovations, this may include: packing up personal items, moving furniture into storage, making alternative arrangements for sleeping/cooking in your home, or even planning a staycation in a local hotel. Remember: If you aren’t 100% sure what needs to be done before getting started, ask your contractor!

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