Understanding the Home Renovation Process

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Home renovations can take many forms, with varying degrees of cost and complexity. To save time, money and aggravation, understand the process, considerations and steps involved. Here is a simple checklist of considerations that can help you have a successful renovation.

Home Renovation Considerations

  • Understand the scope of the project before you start. Take off the blinders and take time to understand the realities of your renovation.
  • Get your clipboard and list all changes you want. Make a wish list of all the things you’d like to change.
  • Decide what you and your contractor will do. Be honest. Only take on tasks you can do; let your contractor do the rest (the hard stuff).
  • Create a reasonable working budget for the renovation. The key word is “reasonable.” This is no time to be “wishing and hoping.” Be realistic and over-budget if you must, but never under-budget.
  • Consider where you’ll live during the renovation. Can you stay at home or do you need lodging during the project?
  • Make a project plan. Plan your approach and individual steps to complete your project. Be ready to modify your plan as needed.
  • Do a bit at a time for long projects or do major renovations all together. Either do just a little, such as painting one room at a time, or all of it at once, such as renovating kitchens and bathrooms.

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