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Five Steps to Planning a Hassle-Free Home Remodeling Project


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The pandemic left many yearning for a change. After all, who wouldn't get bored of their surroundings after being cooped up within the same four walls daily?

Since the pandemic, everyone wants to ramp up their living space according to their style and comfort.

Home renovation for many has climbed the priority list, and many are ready to invest in their house for one reason.

States like Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, and Tennessee have experienced a massive construction boom.

This is especially true for Tennessee, which saw a 31.5% increase – a stark contrast to the declining industry dynamics from the pre-pandemic days.

Planning a hassle-free remodeling project

The process can be overwhelming if you've never done a home renovation. Remodeling involves so many nuances and intricate details that it is hard to keep up with everything.

Planning the project's timeline, budget, and lodging is critical before starting. This article explains how you can go about it in eight easy steps.

1. Create a project blueprint

For any renovation project, the first step is always to create a detailed strategy outlining your vision and goals, along with the steps involved in bringing your vision to reality.

At this point, you also want to create a checklist of everything you will move out during the project. Furthermore, you should locate a nearby storage unit where you can later drop off your belongings.

You can do this by using Google; for instance, if you live in Tennessee, type in "Kingsport TN storage units" to find storage spaces near your location or replace the city and state with the one you reside in.

Your blueprint should clearly define what you want and how you want it. It should outline all the steps you can DIY and the rest that need professional assistance. This is where you can decide what type of bathrooms you will have whether you will have free standing tubs like the stylish pieces offered by The Sized, multiple showers, or split the difference. 

You also need to investigate local zoning laws and permissions. Especially if you're planning on remodeling your garage, check to see if it's permissible in your neighborhood or if you'll need permission.

Permits are often required if you want to alter the construction or usage of a room in your house. Before applying for permits, ensure you have a team in place and a plan for the project.

2. Define your budget

A budget is extremely important before moving on with the actual project. Because it not only helps you narrow down your options but also allows you to choose them realistically.

After creating a blueprint for planning a home renovation, budgeting and funding are the obvious courses of action.

In addition to the basic construction supplies, permits, and labor expenses, don't forget the extras.

Your budget should include your current finances and securing additional finances. You should also set aside 10% of your budget as emergency funds just in case something goes wrong.

Furthermore, don't forget to get competent estimates and obtain a quote for all the items you require.

If the cost estimates you get do not match your budget, you may utilize the home improvement project plan you created in step one to cut out any components of the project that aren't essential.

Ask for price quotes from several contractors before deciding.

3. Hire your team

Now it's time to hire competent contractors to do the job for you, or if you choose to go down the DIY route, make sure you have the skills and tools you need to complete the job without hiring help; this includes asking friends or family for help when your project starts.

For contractors, don't make your final decision solely based on cost estimates alone. When interviewing and selecting your contractors, don't forget to consider their experience, licenses and permits, references, insurance certificates, and payment schedule.

If you want to hire multiple contractors for a job, align smaller tasks to avoid confusion later.

4. Create a timeframe

Once you've decided on a renovation budget and hired a team, creating a timeframe for your project is important.

First, specify a preferred commencement date, or if you're aiming to have everything done by a specified date, start from the end to the starting point.

Sit down with your contractors to estimate the time it'll take to achieve each project milestone. Discuss which project steps need to be executed first, their duration, and which actions can be performed simultaneously. 

Additionally, ensure your timeline includes the timeframe to move out your belongings from the area, delivery time for the necessary materials, and the time your contractors can potentially ask for a day off or two.

Make a to-do list of all the project milestones. Prioritize each milestone based on its importance once you've compiled a list of all the tasks.

Every project milestone should be recorded on a calendar to track progress easily. Plan for a completion date that allows for a few extra days in case of unforeseen difficulties.

Verify with your contractors to ensure the project timeframe and budget are reasonable.

5. Pack Up and Prepare for Your Home Renovation.

Once you have all the project plan elements in place, it's time to move your belongings and prepare your house for renovation, as you won't be able to continue using some rooms or spaces during the ongoing construction.

The scope of the work influences your decision to live in your house during the project. Does your kitchen need an overhaul?

Set up a makeshift kitchen and dine there, removing all of your dishes and other small gadgets from your home. Is the main bedroom getting a makeover? Find a new place to sleep and a place to keep your belongings.

During a major home remodel, you may want to consider moving out for a short period.

Final thoughts

House renovations can be both enjoyable and time-consuming. With enough time and resources, you can ensure that each project milestone will be finished on schedule and within budget.

Before the remodeling starts, ensure that your finances, schedule, and goals are in order so that the final job lives up to your expectations.

Don't forget: to ensure that you receive precisely what you want, communicate your ideas to your contractors in the clearest possible terms.

When planning a home renovation, these eight steps will help you organize, prioritize, and construct a comprehensive home project plan that will keep you on budget while reducing stress.

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