Prepare for the Project
Before you get started on your renovations, know precisely what you’re getting yourself into. Create a detailed plan as to what needs to be fixed, what needs to be replaced and what can be left as is. Once you know what needs to be done, make a budget detailing all costs and leave yourself a buffer in your total cost to allow for anything that may be discovered while in the process. Set realistic goals and time frames; know and accept that renovations take time and rushing through them can result in larger problems for you down the line. Measure twice, cut once- repeat this over and over again. Expect a mess before it looks pristine. Depending on what changes you’re making to the house, you may walk into a room, see a wall missing and drywall all over the floor and wonder to yourself “what was I thinking?!”. Don’t worry, it’s a process and as long as you stay on top of it, the final project will look great. Keep in mind, if you’re hiring contractors and workers to help you with the renovations, make sure to check out their credibility- the last thing you need is to hire someone who is qualified and capable of doing the job right and leaving you with a bigger mess than when you started.