A successful renovation can only happen with a solid foundation. A great team, steadfast plan, and sound budget all will help ensure your renovation goes off without a hitch. Being prepared for your renovation before you get started will make the entire process more efficient and enjoyable. Here are 5 things to keep in mind for a successful renovation.
1. Build a Professional Team
Relying on a great renovation team will ensure your project goes as smoothly as possible. Don’t rush to hire the least expensive designer or contractor because you may pay for it down the road. Take your time to conduct interviews, look at examples of recently finished projects, and ask for references from past clients. It’s also a good idea to bring together professionals who have worked together before and have a good relationship. Ask your designer to recommend builders, or vice versa. Spending money on a good team will always be worth it.
2. Plan Ahead
Another key to a successful renovation is planning design features from the start. Design programs such as the Alside Visualizer allow you to customize your home’s exterior features to see how new siding, a front door and windows would look on your home. You can check out various siding profiles, trim options and colors to see exactly how your exterior would look with these upgrades. Having a clear vision from the beginning will make the renovation process run more smoothly.
3. Determine Your Budget and Scope
It’s important to set and stick to your budget and scope of work prior to starting your renovation. Once you see how nice new siding looks, you may be tempted to then update your windows and trim. Think long and hard about the scope of work before you start your renovation, and stick to it to ensure you stay on time and on budget. However, your budget should include a contingency of about 20% for unforeseen worst-case scenarios.
4. Fundamentals Before Aesthetics
While updating the aesthetic features of your home is the fun part of a renovation, don’t overlook the fundamentals. If your roof needs to be repaired or your foundation or structure needs attention, you may have to let some aesthetic features go, depending on your budget. It’s imperative you invest first in the fundamentals. If your budget is tight, you can save money by switching to lower-cost finishes or simplifying the paint job. Doing things right the first time will save you money and time in the future.
5. Stay Positive and Enjoy the Process
Renovations don’t always go exactly as planned. It can be a stressful and overwhelming process, especially when budgets and timelines are pushed to the limit. Stay focused on the end result, and know it will all be worth it to have the gorgeous home exterior you’ve always dreamed of.
Keep these 5 things top of mind and your renovation is bound to be a success!