5 Things You Should Do Before Renovating Your Home

You may have been pondering for quite some time to make renovations your home. Whether you want to update your bathroom, remodel your kitchen or finally make your basement into a finished playroom, there are a few things you need to consider before starting any renovation project. It’s not something you want to just dive into and you don’t want to just rely upon the first kitchen remodeler you happen across in the phone book. Renovating your home can be costly, time-consuming and without a doubt, you will have some disruptions to your everyday routine. Planning is key and the more prepared you are for your remodel, the less stress you will encounter. Before you start renovation, here are five things you should do:

Create a dream book
You have probably already looked through remodeling and design magazines and watched plenty of home remodel reality shows to get you inspired. To keep the inspiration going, cut out photos in magazines that you like. Write out what you like about each picture whether its texture, color or if you want to purchase that specific brand of cabinet or tile. Pinterest is another great way to get inspired. The web has tens of thousands of images that you could browse through. You can even just print pictures that you like and add them to your dream book. Printable labels can help you organize your dream book and keep it from becoming difficult to find what you’re looking for. If you are hiring a professional to help you with your design, this is a great way to show them what your vision is so that they can bring it to life.

Outline your Goals
What is the reason you want to remodel? Was there damage to your basement and you need to fix it? Do you need more space because you like to entertain? Need an upgrade in the bathroom to accommodate your growing family? Whatever you needs and wants are, you should plan out how you are going to use the space in which you are remodeling. Write as much detail as you need to. Again, this is something you should share with your designer if you are choosing to hire a professional to help.

Calculate your budget
When considering a remodel; you want to make sure you have a budget in place. Nothing would be worse than running out of money in the middle of your remodel. To get an idea of how much you will need to complete your remodel project, you should list everything from appliances needed to right down to the type of kitchen cabinets or countertops you want and research how much the costs are. You also need to take into consideration labor costs. Discuss your project with a general contractor to get a general idea of how much you will spend on demolition, build, and installation of appliances. If you are doing a kitchen, remodel, most likely you will be limited to home cooking, so you will need to set aside a weekly “dining out” budget as well.

Set a realistic completion timeline
You don’t want your remodel to go on forever. It definitely can take a toll on family life and disrupt your everyday routines. If you are doing the construction yourself, are you only able to put time in on nights and weekends when you aren’t working? If you are hiring a contractor, find out how long they think the project will take so you can be prepared.

Have fun with it
Having fun during your remodel may seem like an unreasonable request, but think of how fun it is to pick out colors, new appliances, countertops, and paint. Once the project is completed, you will feel so relaxed and comfortable in your new environment. You will have a space that you and your family will be able to enjoy for years to come. Seeing the light at the end of the “renovation tunnel” will surely keep you sane throughout the entire project!

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