Starting Your Renovation Project

Every year, millions of homeowners make the decision to remodel. The reasons behind these remodels often vary from raising investment value,adding curb appeal, or simply creating a more enjoyable living space. Initially, these projects can be intimidating and without the proper knowledge, the renovation process can quickly become overwhelming.

Before starting any type of renovation, it’s important to understand the work that your space needs. Does your home require a large project like a complete renovation or a smaller project like a new and fabulous interior design? Evaluating your budget, time, and reasons to renovate can help determine what type of project would be best.

For some homeowners, a smaller renovation project like refreshing paint colors, purchasing new decor, or choosing a different flooring will suffice. Other homeowners may find themselves in a long renovation process that takes many weeks and requires the assistance of professional services.

No matter what type of renovation your space needs, start the process with a prospective timeline for your project.  Setting a deadline isn’t always attainable, however, it will help ensure you stay on track and don’t miss any steps throughout the process.


Preparing A Timeline and A Budget

Many variables can affect the timeline of a renovation project. Depending on the amount of work needed to be done, it is important to construct a timeline that is realistic and allows the completion of the project to be achievable. Homeowners should be patient and recognize that quality work will often take more time than initially expected.

Similarly, the logistics of renovation projects are often complex and should be granted some extra time for unforeseen flexibility. Larger renovations, often take more time and will be dependent on the timeline created by homeowners and a contractor. Projects like adding an additional room or a kitchen renovation may require a variety of specialized trades and naturally will take longer to complete. Products listed on back order, material delays, and changes in weather may push back the completion of a project.

By keeping a positive attitude during these unexpected delays and staying in communication with your contractor, you should be able to have an updated completion date for your renovation. Digging into a renovation can sometimes uncover unexpected and dangerous problems. At the start of demolition, contractors can uncover problems like mold, rotting foundation, water damage, or life – threatening materials like asbestos. Depending on the severity of the risks, a specialized professional may be required. In the end, taking care of toxic problems can raise the value of your home and protect the long-term health of you and your loved ones.


The completion time

Smaller updates can be gauged by the hours and materials necessary. If you are planning on refreshing your living space with a new paint color, your project may take only a few hours. Interior design ideas that require new decor, moving of furniture, or meeting with a designer, could take a weekend or even a couple of weeks from start to finish. Prior to starting your project, search room themes or designs to narrow down inspiration for the perfect living space. Knowing the specific styles you desire could help save time, save money, as well as save you from any unnecessary frustration.


It is important to understand that the money spent on a renovation, is an investment in your property. This investment could ultimately raise the value of your home and have a higher pay off if you were to choose to sell at any time. A well thought out budget could help you determine various factors of your renovation.

Larger projects will require more of a flexible budget because of potential unexpected costs or expenses. Meet with contractors or interior designers to discuss your ideas as well as the budget you have set aside. For smaller projects, think about DIY (do it yourself) options, if possible. Be careful to not overspend your budget, but to also keep in mind how important quality work is.

Small Changes With Big Results

If your timeline or budget do not allow for a larger renovation, think of making a few smaller changes that could have a big impact. Try changing the wall color, adding new lighting, or replacing old furniture are great options that are often cost-effective.

A simple DIY project to give a room a new aesthetic can be achieved by incorporating new colors. Color is the easiest way to update any space whether that’s new paint on the wall or trying new home decor options! Changing colors may seem minor but the results can brighten a space, set a new mood, and spark future creativity.

Lighting can have a significant impact on the atmosphere and mood of a room. Highlight the details of a space by changing the ceiling lighting or adjusting curtains to allow more natural light in. If you have ever thought about adding a little glam, go for an elegant chandelier.

Creating a new space that you love and enjoy is an investment of your time and money. Before starting a large project, consider how small changes could have a significant impact and be just the look you are going for. It is important to do your research and evaluate all options prior to beginning. This helps eliminate the chances of overspending your budget or starting a project with a timeline that may interfere with your daily routine. Ultimately, these changes could be the details necessary for making your house feel like a home.

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