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Planning a Home Renovation Project

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Whether you're renovating a room or your whole home, you should plan your steps to remodeling a house before you begin. Creating a home renovation checklist can be exciting as long as you remember to be flexible and patient during any surprises or delays. Use this guide to learn how to plan your home renovation.


Build a Project Plan


Before you start your project, you need a plan on how to renovate the house. Since a remodel is a complex undertaking, be patient and take several months to consider all the details so you can create one that works for you and your family. Lay out how you want your house to look on a simple piece of paper or blueprints. Ask yourself these questions to help you brainstorm:



  • What do I want to change? After you've lived in your house for several years, you probably have some elements you'd love to change. Design is a crucial component of remodeling your home, and you might need to be a little creative. While thinking about what you want, consider the comfort, privacy and visual appeal of your living space.

  • What do I need to update? Besides the aesthetic design or convenience of your home, you also should consider the safety and functionality features of the space. Knowing what you want and need will help determine where you can save money and splurge.

  • What am I allowed to do? You'll need permits to renovate your house so your project will be up to code according to the zoning regulations in your area.

  • What will my life look like in the next 10 years? Your new bathroom or kitchen could last you several decades before you need to update it. During that time, your family could expand or change. Consider your future as you think about how to plan your home renovation.

  • Do I want to sell the house? If you want to sell your house soon, focus on attracting prospective buyers instead of accommodating your design and comfort preferences. Consider which projects and details would increase your property's resale value.


Create a Renovation Project Budget


After you've decided what you want to do, you can create a realistic budget. You should make sure you're able to afford your home renovation before you take on the project so you don't run out of money. Decide on a number you're willing to spend and try to stick to it as you order materials and hire a contractor.


Consider these factors when creating your budget:



  • The source of the money: You could either pay for the renovation with cash, take out a loan from the bank or use a credit card. Keep in mind that contractors often charge fees if you choose to finance.

  • Where your money is going: When you hire a professional, they order the permits, install your building materials and complete the details of your remodel. They might also dispose of the waste from your previous home components and use specialized equipment to make your living space look updated and clean.

  • Unexpected costs: You often run into surprises when you renovate a house, especially if you live in an old house. If your contractor finds problems in the area, you'll have to pay extra money to fix them. Put a buffer in your budget for these unanticipated expenses.


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Decide Who You Want to Hire


The professionals who renovate your house should produce high-quality results. You can get an idea of their expertise by their licensing and insurance. Besides hiring a contractor, you should also consider renting a dumpster and cleanup crew after your project.


Here are some tips to help you pick the right team for your home renovation project:



  • Find a reputable company: A reliable contractor knows the business can answer your questions and handle your project without making costly errors. Read online reviews and ask for recommendations from a trusted friend or family member.

  • Get multiple estimates: Shop around for different contractors to make sure you're getting a fair quote. Instead of settling on the cheapest bid, read what each contractor promises to accomplish and focus on who can do the best work.

  • Write out a contract: After you've decided on a contractor, get your agreement in writing to avoid disagreements in the future. Share your blueprints and plans with them to make your goals and expectations clear.


Develop a Timeline


Keep in mind that a home renovation project can take several months to complete. Make sure you prepare yourself and your property for planning a home renovation project. Here are some tips for creating a house remodeling timeline:



  • Choose the desired start date: Discuss a reasonable start date with your contractor. If you need to have your project done by a particular time, choose a completion date and then plan your schedule.

  • Be realistic: Talk with your contractor about how long demolition and construction will take. Even though a bathroom remodeling project may only take a couple of weeks, a full house renovation could take months. Include the time to clean before and after construction, shipping materials or vacations your contractor may have planned in your schedule.

  • Be flexible: Even if you create a timeline, you may run into issues like an item being out of stock or harsh weather conditions that could delay your project by a few days or weeks. Allow a few flex weeks to make sure your project ends on time.


Plan Ahead


Flexibility and attention to detail are essential for your project's success. Check out these ways you can plan well and reduce your stress during renovations:



  • Expect problems: Even if you have a detailed plan, you can run into unexpected issues or delays. Make sure your budget and your schedule are flexible so you can allow for these surprises. If you don't, it can add a lot of stress to the process instead of keeping it all fun and happy.

  • Ask questions to the contractors: Practicing open communication with your contractor is essential for a successful project. Make sure you and the contractor are on the same page with the budget, schedule and materials. You should also be knowledgeable about the project yourself instead of relying solely on their expertise.

  • Figure out how to clean up waste: Most homeowners don't consider cleaning up after a home renovation until their old building materials are piled high on their driveway. Create a plan with your contractor for waste removal. You might be able to recycle some of the materials or rent a dumpster from your local provider.


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Request a Free Dumpster Rental Quote


If you need a way to remove the debris after your house remodel, D.B. Container Service provides dumpster rentals to the five boroughs of NYC. We offer trash containers of various sizes to accommodate your specific home renovation project. Contact us online or call 718-257-2300 for more information about cleaning up after your home renovation.


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