You have come to the decision that you want to renovate your home. Maybe you were planning to sell your home and move to a more updated house, but the slow housing market has put a damper on that idea. Or maybe you have been in your home for twenty years and think that a “facelift” is in order. Whatever the reason for your home renovation, you need to have a plan before you jump into the actual renovation process. The following tips can help you navigate your home renovation project. house renovations
- Be prepared to supervise the renovation work. Even though you will probably have a contractor coordinating the various renovation activities, you will be the head project manager. You will need to know how to communicate and act professionally as well as solve problems that arise. Be honest with yourself and decide if you will be able to handle the inevitable stress that comes with home renovation. You can also ask someone else, such as a relative or trusted friend, to help you oversee your renovation project.
- Plan how you will adjust to the renovation. Depending on how extensive your home renovation project is, you may need to live somewhere else while the work is being done. This is an option for those that want to renovate several areas of their home or the entire home in as little time as possible. If you plan to renovate one area at a time while you remain in the house, you will need to think ahead to how you will manage this. Make sure you know how you will prevent the dust and other debris from settling into your living areas. To avoid becoming overly frustrated, plan on each individual project taking longer than the estimated time. Kitchen renovations will have the most impact on your daily routines, so spend ample time determining your strategies for living with either no kitchen or a partial kitchen.
- Decide which projects you want to do yourself and which ones you want to hire out. There are some renovation projects that you can easily do yourself or with the help of family and friends. Sometimes homeowners can be a little too enthusiastic and try to complete renovation projects that are too difficult for them. This is especially true for electrical and plumbing work. If you have any doubt that you can complete a project and be happy with the results, hire a professional to do the job.
- Make sure you have the necessary permits for any renovation work you plan to do. The rules and regulations regarding building permits vary from state to state, so check for building laws that cover your area. If a contractor is handling the project, he or she will be responsible for obtaining any permits, but you may want to verify that all the paperwork is completed on time. If you are part of a homeowner’s association, make sure your home renovation does not violate any of the association’s rules.