Don’t know where to start on your Home Renovation? Here are the essential 5-steps
Before starting a process, you must have a (somewhat) clear vision, knowing your goals, limitations and, of course – budget. The renovation process is no different.
1. Identify your renovation “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves”
Make a wish list with elements for each category. It’s good to do it on a spreadsheet where you’ll be adding columns for different categories, such as costs.
2. Locate suitable General Contractors
We suggest talking to neighbors and friends, researching online reviews and asking around.
Then picking 3 different contractors that seem right for the job. Of course, they need to be licensed, bonded, insured, and vetted; they must have experience with renovations like yours, and they should be doing work in your area.
Ask them if they work with professionals such as interior designers.
3. Research the costs
Get quotes from the contractors you picked for each item on your wish lists.
(Yes, we mean having a dedicated column for each contractor). Also, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to do some market research on your own, to get an idea of what things cost.
Keep in mind that, the average cost to renovate an entire home is typically $100-$200 per square foot, and that kitchens and bathrooms tend to be more expensive than bedrooms and living rooms.
Other costs to consider would be: labor, materials, finishes, associated fees like city permits, board approvals, design fees if there are. Don’t forget to leave a 10% cushion for unexpected costs.
4. Choose your preferred general contractor
After you’ve shopped around and found the “right fit” in terms of working style, it’s recommended to make sure you also like their personality, that they are interested in your project and guarantee their work.
5. Start renovating!