Are you looking to change things up at home? Is it time to modernize that outdated kitchen? Want more space without having to move? Planning on selling but need to update the bathrooms for resale value? Whatever the reason for the change, you should keep these home renovation planning tips in mind.
It’s incredible how many people jump into a home renovation project without identifying the ultimate goal and budget. This should be your first step before taking any action – what is the motivation behind the project? You may want to add a deck or sunroom but is that because you like your neighborhood and plan on remaining in your home and just want more space? Or is the goal to increase the resale value of your home? Identifying the goal can often shape your home renovation plans in unexpected ways. After you have established your ultimate goal, you will need to determine your budget.
Show Me the Money!
Another pitfall for many homeowners when they take on a renovation project is forgetting to set a budget and sticking to it. What are you capable of spending and have you thought through all of the associated costs? Will you need to pay for a hotel room while part of the work is being performed? If you are redesigning a kitchen, will you need to factor in the cost of eating out during the renovation? Think about purchasing the fixtures, appliances, materials, etc. prior to starting – or make sure you know the exact costs and how they fit into the total budget. Add-ons mid-project can end up costing you much more than anticipated. Don’t forget to factor in a contingency fund for any unexpected costs. Construction projects never go quite as smoothly as one hopes – it’s best to have that buffer included in the budget, just in case.
Do your Research
Search for ideas and recommendations in advance. Flip through home design magazines, check out Pinterest, visit furniture stores, and/or ask your friends or neighbors for suggestions. Determine what you want and then do your research to find the best deals. Shop around and don’t limit yourself with a narrow focus. For instance, you might find the light fixture that you love in the design magazine for less somewhere else. You’ll be so much happier that you took the time to do your research instead of scrambling at the last minute and overpaying.
Consult a professional contractor or remodeler for tips and pricing. Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. Relying on a professional ensures that you have the proper information and guidance to make smart home remodeling decisions.
More Home Renovation Planning Tips
We hope these home renovation planning tips give you a helpful start to your next home renovation project. Contact Brentwood Construction & Remodeling to discuss your remodeling plans. We are experts in finding creative solutions and bringing our customers’ visions to life.