What to Know Before You Renovate

Before tackling any renovation project, spend time doing your homework. You need to plan your budget and find the right contractor. Start this project as prepared as you can be.

Know Your Maximum Budget

Budgets are extremely important. First, you need to know the amount of money you can allot towards this project. You should allot an amount at least 15% below your actual funds. For instance, if you budget $4,200 then your working budget should only be $3570. The reason is, things don’t always go as planned. One of the supplies you planned on could be backordered causing you to have to go with something more expensive. Once the renovation has started, a problem that needs to be fixed, may be found. Be sure to plan for unexpected expenses. 

Know Your Timeframe

As with your budget, give yourself extra time. It’s always safe to add a few weeks onto the project. One of the important supplies could be delayed, causing the whole project to be delayed. Also, if your timeframe is rushed, the contractors may be stressed to hit the deadlines. You don’t want poor quality because of time constraints.

Know What to Look for in Your Contractor

Thoroughly research your contractors before hiring them. These workers will be in your home. For safety, do a background check. For quality, ask around about them. Check their reviews online. If they have changed their business name, it could be because they’ve had legal trouble. Do they have professional uniforms and vehicles? Nice vehicles are a good sign that they have been around a while. Also, if they can give you an instant or really fast quote, that could be a problem. It takes a lot of time to research the projects needs, regarding supplies and labor. 

 

Know What To Do With Your Stuff

Pushing everything to the side or piling it up in the corner isn’t a great idea. You and the workers will need room to live and work. This project could last weeks or months. You don’t want to live in a cramped space. Also, items stacked on each other can easily get damaged. Your items could get paint on them too, if not properly covered. If it is possible, remove any unneeded items from the room. Hopefully, you have a basement, attic, or spare room to use. If that’s not an option, there are other options for storage. 

Know What Your Backup Plan Is

It is important to plan for worst case scenarios. If a pipe is broken and you don’t have water for 5 days, what will you do? If the project goes three months longer, how will you handle that? Also, for budget, if you go grossly over budget, is there a way to fund that?

Renovating your home can be so stressful. There are so many things that you need to consider.  Take each thing step by step. Remember to think things out thoroughly. A rushed project may not have great results. It’s better to stop and plan before the project rather than the middle of the project.