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Checklist for Your Next Home Renovation Project

Home renovation is an exciting task. But before you start with the layouts and design improvements, there are some important things to consider so your project turns out just the way you dream it. Inadequately planned remodeling projects can go horribly bad and are likely to bring up unexpected expenses in addition to unnecessary stress. Good planning is an essential component of a good renovation project. There are many aspects of a house that could be upgraded, and often people do not consider them all until after starting the renovation process. Cost and time efficiencies can be optimised by working with a well-thought out plan. We have prepared a simple checklist to help you ensure a smooth renovation.

Know your needs

Whether renovating a part or most of your home, you must list down all the things which should be replaced and repaired. Avoid changing plans in between the renovation process as this will cost you extra expenses and stress.

Well before you start, do your research. Make a list of your preferences for such items as lighting, flooring , and appliances. Putting all your ideas on paper will help you and your contractor remain on the same page about the costs and quality of the work.

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Control Spending

Setting a budget will help guide you as you make decisions about what to include in the project. Once you’ve figured out what you want to spend on the renovation and subtracted the amount allocated to labour, you’ll have a clearer sense of what you can spend on actual remodeling, material and design – helping you further refine your priorities.

While planning the budget, factor in the miscellaneous expenses like dining out or booking a hotel room, when and if the renovation work makes your home temporarily unlivable.

Also, ascertain if your renovation project will need an architect or a designer, and what would this add to the costs. Get all their calculations and estimates put down on paper before you go ahead with the project.

Choose a contractor

It is always good to select a renovation contractor with good experience and who has worked on a good number of projects. Your contractor should have a ready plan and estimates to fit your budget. Make sure that he has worked on several other projects similar in size and scope to yours. Get ready estimates about the labour and materials cost from him. It is always better to have all the estimates, including an end date for the project in form of a contract.

Check the timelines

What is your timeline for the renovation? You wouldn’t want to start work on a balcony extension when the monsoon is approaching—or schedule any major work a month before an important family function. It’s important to note that planning a renovation includes the time not only of the duration of the remodeling works but also time taken for ordering and purchasing the materials, tiles, fixtures, custom-built woodwork or cabinets to make sure they are delivered when your contractor needs them.

Will the renovation be done in one go, or will it have to be broken down into phases?

Are there any building and construction permits required for any major renovations? Factor the time and cost of acquiring those into your planning.

Check with your contractor or designer for the best time to start your project.

Find and address the hidden problems

A well-done renovation must add tremendous value to your home for many years to come. Depending on the age of your home the biggest hidden problem you may encounter is water damage in various parts of the house. Look for structural deficiencies across the house, any potential or current water damage to the basement, roof, outer and inner walls, water tanks, old corroded plumbing, non-waterproof tile shower, etc. Ensure that you use the best products and services for all round, long lasting waterproofing across your entire house. A renovation is the best time to address any such problems that might be emerging or might have been causing damage to your home.

Works sequence

Set up a list of room to room work sequence to save yourself from a lot of clean up time and mistakes. Whether you are demolishing a wall for a room extension or simply repainting, you always want to have a specific sequence in place. Remodel your ceiling first, walls second, and floors right in the end, so you can prevent damage to your new components.

About Pratishtha Khan

pratishtha.khan@thehappyhomes.co.in'
Pratishtha Shrotriya Khan blogs at breakfastprojekt.com and spends a large chunk of her leisure time creating and sourcing practical and affordable DIY solutions for home decor. Selected as one of the JUICE Magazine's Super Bloggers in 2014, she divides her time between her profession as a content writer and her passion as a creator of pretty things to adorn her home in Mumbai.

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