Renovation Tips

Renovations can be challenging... but these tips will make the process easier.

home renovation tipsA home renovation can be an exciting time.  You’re ready to create the kitchen of your dreams or perhaps you’re giving your master suite an overhaul.  Before you dive in head first and begin selecting appliances and paint colors, consider these tips to make the most of your home renovation project. 

Budget 

Before you start, you need to know exactly how much you can spend on your project.  By knowing your budget, you’ll know whether you can get that new stove you’ve been dreaming about for a long time.  Renovation costs always include surprises, so be sure to leave a cushion for issues that might come up during the process. 

Who Will Be Doing the Work? 

If you aren't doing the work yourself, you’ll want to be sure to find a reliable contractor.  Get a referral from friends or family or search for reviews online.  This team will be updating your most valuable asset, and you want to be sure that they will be doing quality work without taking you to the cleaners. 

Plan Ahead 

Spend some time researching your project.  Bookmark projects that you see that you like.  If you’re looking for more inspiration, consider working with a designer who can help you to create your vision. 

Pack up everything that is Not Essential 

When you’re preparing your home for renovation, there is already going to be enough of a mess.  Consider packing away everything you can live without during the renovation. This will allow your contractors to work more efficiently and reduce the chance that your personal items might become broken. 

Secure Your Home

With a renovation, you are likely to have a crew coming in and out of your home.  While they may be trustworthy, those who are passing by may see your home renovation as an opportunity.  Consider enhancing the security to your home during the renovation process.  Lock away valuables and other items for safe keeping. 

A renovation doesn’t have to be such a stressful time.  By implementing a few of these steps, you can get back to concentrating on your dream project.