What You Need to Know Before a Home Renovation

Written By Alla Levin
March 03, 2020
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What You Need to Know Before a Home Renovation

To help make the process of remodeling a home smoother, follow the useful tips below.

The renovations can provide a fresh face to your place, which can help you secure a higher selling price in the future and more enjoyment living there now.

Have a Plan First

Before starting a project like putting in new floors throughout the house or renovating a room, make sure you have a plan.

Otherwise, it’s very easy to get sidetracked and do more than you envisioned or not even do what was originally hoped for because of getting caught up in the activities.

The problem then is if you go beyond the budget and spend money that was meant for other purposes.

While there will be more decisions to make once the renos get underway, making some choices today can help relieve stress down the road and ensure you get the desired work done

You’ll Make Great New Connections

If you contract out different work around the house, then you’ll get to meet new people and potentially make lasting connections.

In the future, if anything else needs doing around the residence, then call those people to do additional jobs.

They’ll be grateful if you recommend their services to others too.

If you’re renovating the laundry room, a new heating element for the dryer is one part of making sure it is working at its best.

Also, ensure the washing machine isn’t malfunctioning.

Assess the Existing Condition

Before beginning a renovation project, take note of what’s around the item you want to update.

For instance, a simple change to the kitchen cabinets could make the entire countertop look outdated.
If that happens, then you’ll have to consider redoing the whole room.

So, take note of what else you might have to do if you update this one thing.

Consider whether your budget allows for all the projects or pick and choose what to do until you can increase that budget.

Your Deadline Won’t Always Be On Time

While you might think, “I want to have this reno done in three months,” the reality is that it might not happen. If you use a contractor, then you’re dependent on that person’s schedule.

Also, shipped items take time to arrive, and paint needs time to dry between coats.

Shopping for decor, while fun, takes time too, all while balancing working and caring for the family.

Chaos Can Be Constant

Lastly, before beginning a home renovation, know that it can be stressful to live in the chaos.

Between disorganization and dirt, it’s not a quiet time. If you work from home or have kids, expect each day to have its share of banging and messes, but remember that it’s all part of moving toward a place to live that’s more how you want it than it was before.

If it all gets to be too much, you could always stay temporarily in a hotel or Airbnb for a few weeks when the remodel is at its most crucial point.

Alternatively, ask friends if you can stay with them or take a much-needed vacation.

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