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Where to Start When Planning to Renovate Your Home

Thinking of renovating your home? Read below to find out where to start

Renovating your home is both exciting and exhausting. It is fun to plan and dream about what your home will look like after renovations, but the process involves a lot of time and hard work. If you are overwhelmed by the renovation process before you even begin, keep these tips in mind to know where to start.

SET YOUR BUDGET

Budgeting is not the fun part of renovations, but it is a necessary evil. You cannot accurately plan for a renovation until you know how much money you can spend.

In order to set a realistic budget, you will need to do some research about your projects. Visit a home improvement store, and note the prices of the materials you will need for your renovation. You also need to factor in the cost of labor. Since there are almost always some surprises with renovations, add an extra 10 percent to your budget for unexpected costs.

CONSIDER THE NECESSITIES

When you are setting your priorities for the renovation, consider the necessities. This is especially important if you will be living in the house during the renovations. After you have determined how much money you can spend on renovations, start budgeting amounts for individual projects. Start with the most important renovations so you donít run out of money before you have running water or a roof over head.

Make sure that you have a plan for running water, heating and air conditioning and the other basic services that make living in a house safe and comfortable.

START SMALL

It is easy to get carried away when you are considering home renovations. You start off wanting a new bathroom vanity and end up planning to gut the entire bathroom!

One of the best ways to reduce stress during renovations is to start small. Plan and pay for one project before you jump on to the next.

FIND PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE

Unless you are a professional contractor, you will most likely need to seek some assistance to get your renovations completed correctly. If you are not sure who to hire, ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations. Make sure that the contractor you select is properly licensed and insured.

CHECK THE CALENDAR

Before you schedule a large renovation project, take a few minutes to check your familyís calendar. You do not want to schedule a kitchen renovation the week before your annual Thanksgiving dinner, and outside work is difficult in the middle of winter. Checking for conflicts will help your project reach completion in a timely manner.

Careful planning will help the entire renovation process run more smoothly. This means you will be able to enjoy your updated home as soon as possible.

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