The planning can make a real difference in terms of the success of your project and your ability to keep within your budget
There are many reasons to renovate. You may need to repair or replace something, such as roofing, siding, or windows. You may want to modernize a tired-looking kitchen or bathroom. Or changes in your household, such as the arrival of a new child or the need for a home office, may require alterations to your home. Thinking through what you want to change, and why, serves as the foundation for your renovation plans.
Start Planning Early
- Make a list of everything in your home you want to change. This should include “must-do” repairs, maintenance, and remodeling, as well as things you would like to change if your budget allows.
- Defining goals and setting priorities. Beyond necessary repairs, your home renovation should provide you with improved function, comfort and convenience. To achieve this, you need to set some general goals for your project and determine what your priorities are.
- Think about seasonal conditions. If you are planning your renovation in the summer, think back to last winter. Did you have enough closet space for coats and boots? Are there areas of your home that are drafty or hard to heat? Conversely, if your planning is taking place during the colder months, think about your lifestyle during the summer.
By doing this type of homework prior to starting on renovations, you’ll be able to mitigate risks and eliminate downtime, you’ll get to move into your new home more quickly.