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How to plan a home renovation

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April 25, 2023
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Planning a home renovation can be a daunting task, but with a systematic approach, it can be manageable. In this article, we share various steps to consider for a home renovation plan, a fixer-upper schedule, and where you may want to stay during the construction process.

Steps for your next home renovation plan

Goal Setting

First, define the scope of the renovation project, what is the end goal, and what are the priorities. Consider what you need vs. what you want and set realistic expectations. Brainstorm your ideas, look at home renovation books, and magazines, or walk through a showroom.

Set a budget

Determine how much money you can spend on the renovation and allocate funds accordingly. It’s important to set aside some money for unexpected costs or emergencies. Figuring out the cost to renovate your home ahead of time will allow you to determine what to prioritize and where to set your limits for unexpected design or functional features.

Hire the professionals

Consider hiring a professional to help you with the planning process, as they can provide valuable insights and expertise. An architect or designer can help you create a plan that maximizes space, functionality, and aesthetic appeal.

For the building process, various contractors specialize in different trades, or you can go with one company that subcontracts when needed so you have one less thing to worry about. Keep track of the renovation progress and communicate regularly with contractors. Be prepared to make changes to the plan if necessary.

Renovation plan

The renovation plan should include a detailed list of what needs to be done, the materials required, the timeline, and any necessary permits. The plan should be comprehensive and include every detail to avoid any surprises later on.

Depending on the scope of your renovation project, you may need to obtain permits from your local government or building department. These permits ensure that your project complies with building codes and regulations.

Choose your materials

Select the materials and finishes that meet your needs, budget, and style preferences. Consider durability, functionality, and aesthetics while making your selections.

When purchasing items such as paint or flooring, always consider purchasing a little bit more than what you think you need. This ensures the colour and texture of that particular batch stay consistent throughout the space. If you run out of paint partway through a project and run to the store to buy more, the new batch of paint may be mixed slightly differently and the colours may not be a perfect match. You will want the paint to match perfectly, especially if you need to do a few touchups down the road. Similarly, additional flooring is great for this reason, including fixing any mistakes that may happen along the way.

Review the work

Once the renovation is complete, inspect the work to ensure that it meets your expectations. Make sure all contractors are paid and obtain any necessary certificates of occupancy.

Planning a home renovation takes time, effort, and attention to detail. But if you follow these steps, you can make the process manageable and achieve the results you desire.

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Fixer-upper schedule

How long does it typically take to fix up a home? It can vary depending on the size and scope of the renovation project, of course, but here is a small example of a fixer-upper schedule for a mid-size renovation project.

Weeks 1-2: Demolition and Prep

Getting down to a blank slate and understanding what you have to work with is the first step.

  1. Remove old flooring, cabinets, and appliances
  2. Demolish non-load-bearing walls
  3. Evaluate the condition of the electrical and plumbing systems
  4. Prepare the walls and ceiling for painting

Weeks 3-4: Electrical and Plumbing

While the walls are exposed, take the time to make sure all your electrical and plumbing are up to code.

  1. Update the electrical wiring and outlets as necessary
  2. Install new plumbing fixtures and replace old pipes
  3. Add additional lighting fixtures and ceiling fans

Weeks 5-6: HVAC and Insulation

Before closing up the walls, there are a few things you can do at this step to help save time and headaches later.

  1. Upgrade the HVAC system as necessary
  2. Install new insulation in walls and ceiling
  3. Replace old windows and doors with energy-efficient models

Weeks 7-8: Drywall and Paint

  1. Install new drywall and finish the walls
  2. Paint the walls and ceiling
  3. Install trim and mouldings

Weeks 9-10: Flooring and Cabinets

  1. Install new flooring (e.g. hardwood, tile, or carpet)
  2. Install new kitchen and bathroom cabinets
  3. Install new countertops

Weeks 11-12: Finishing Touches

  1. Install new light fixtures and window treatments
  2. Install new appliances
  3. Finish any remaining details, such as touch-up paint, hardware installation, and deep cleaning

This is just one example of how long these steps may take, and it’s important to note that each renovation project is unique and may require a different timeline. It’s crucial to work closely with a contractor and adjust the schedule as needed to ensure that the project stays on track and meets your expectations. If you are expecting to move in by a certain date, allow for some extra time in case of unexpected delays.

When determining how to renovate a house, thinking about the project in stages will help you organize your resources and produce a more accurate timeline.

Where to stay during a home renovation?

Sometimes it is better to stay somewhere else during construction or renovation. Contractors can work without distractions and your level of comfort won’t be disturbed if they happen to be working on the only bathroom in the home, for example.

Staying in a hotel is the first option that comes to mind, but it can be rather pricy depending on the time of year, area, and type of hotel. Other options include staying with family or friends, renting a temporary apartment or house, bunking up in a camper or RV right on your property, or finding an affordable Airbnb for the duration of your renovation. Depending on the type of renovation, some people prefer to take off entirely and go on vacation. If you have everything prearranged ahead of time, this can be a very desirable option.

Thinking about your next renovation project?

Renovating a space can be an exciting project, especially when the results make your lifestyle more comfortable, enjoyable, and functional. The process of setting up a renovation and going through the stages can be daunting for some, so consider allowing the professionals at Ballard Fine Homes to help you out. As a home-building company in Nanaimo, Ballard Fine Homes also provides custom renovations for clients. View our showroom for ideas and inspiration for finishes, materials, and how it looks once it is all together. If you can dream it, Ballard can build it. Contact us today to get started.