The first step to any home renovation project is figuring out what needs to be done. It’s not always obvious if you don’t know what you’re looking for, so here are some common problems that homeowners should look for before starting a renovation project:
- Cracks in your walls or foundation
- Peeling paint
- Unfinished surfaces like wood floors and tiled backsplashes.
If the problem isn’t too severe then it may just need an update rather than a full remodel, but even then there are many different ways to do it. The best thing about renovations is that they can often increase the value of your property! So don’t hesitate to start on this rewarding journey today!
- Research and plan for the project
Once you know what is wrong with your home you can learn what materials, time, and labor might be needed to do your project. This includes:
- Identify any potential issues with zoning or permits before you start construction
- Figuring out the cost of supplies
- Determining how long the project will take and if there are any scheduling issues that may affect you (like having someone living in the house or important appointments that need to be worked around)
- Get quotes from contractors and architects so that you know what kind of budget is required for this type of home improvement
- Determine how much money you can spend on your renovation
It’s important to know how much money you can afford before starting any project. You may be able to make some of the decisions about the design and materials but it’s up to you to decide what kinds of details can wait until later or need to be cut from your budget entirely.
Depending on the size and scope of your renovation, getting at least three quotes should give you a good idea of the cost range. Homeowners often underestimate these costs because they don’t include anything extra; but remember that this is an investment in your home, so consider adding 5-10% as a contingency fund if you’re not sure about numbers.
- Create a timeline for completion of the project
Once you’ve done your research, planning, and budgeting for the project it’s time to get your ducks in a row so that once you start there is no need to delay. This includes:
- Making sure any necessary approvals are in place
- Hiring a contractor, if needed
- Scheduling times when everyone will be around to start working on the project
The last stage is also known as “getting organised” and can help make sure that nothing gets forgotten about or put off until later.
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