Home renovation

Planning ahead is essential for a successful home renovation – Hometown Focus

Considering pre-renovation planning tips can help any job go smoothly.

Renovation projects are big business. Homeowners must consider a host of variables before such a project can begin. Although planning in advance can take time, it is essential to ensure the success of a renovation project. Consider these pre-renovation planning tips to help make any job flow smoothly.

Determine your motivation to renovate

Renovation projects often involve balancing needs and wants, and determining whether a project is a necessity or a luxury can set the timeline and flow of the project. The roof is leaking? If so, immediate action is required.

Could the kitchen be a bit more functional? If the kitchen is still manageable, a homeowner may be able to wait a bit to get better prices on appliances or contracted services.

Separating needs from wants helps owners establish a viable schedule that maximizes productivity and affordability.

Get professional advice

Many homeowners feel that doing the work themselves can save a considerable amount of money. This may be the case for homeowners with renovation experience. But overall, professional contractors are an asset to any renovation.

They can provide a realistic overview of the project, map projected costs, point out areas that could be problematic, and may have industry contacts who can keep procurement costs low. While a homeowner will do some of the work, a contractor can do the heavy lifting and stay on budget for the project.

Obtain necessary permits

Permits are designed to ensure work is done to code and in a safe manner. However, they are not without additional costs and processing times, which may cause some owners to skip this step.

According to home information site The Spruce, building permits cost anywhere from $400 to around $2,200 to build new homes. Building permits for small projects can cost $100 or less and are usually based on a percentage of the project’s expected cost.

A permit may be issued the day the application is submitted, while other cities and towns may issue permits up to two weeks or more later. Factor permit fees and processing times into the renovation plan.

If an owner is found to have worked without the required permit, they may face penalties; may have to tear up work done to have it inspected or redone; some may be unable to sell a home until permits have been obtained and work has been done to code. Homeowners insurance coverage can also be affected if homeowners do not obtain the proper permits.

Other considerations when planning a renovation include writing a strict budget, seeking inspiration, developing scale renovation plans, thoroughly reviewing materials, and obtaining recommendations from trusted professionals to do the job. Although not all obstacles can be avoided, planning is a good way to start successfully.