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If you’re gearing up to do a complete renovation of your home, you’ll want to get yourself, and everyone involved prepared. Renovating a home, no matter the size or style of the property (house, condo, apartment), it’s a large task to undertake.
If planned out and done right though, it can be not only a lot of fun but also very rewarding.
Don’t Forget These Important Steps when Renovating Your Home
There are many obvious steps to a renovation, like planning out the design, getting the proper paint, and ensuring you hire professionals for things like electrical and plumbing. However, there are some other important steps that you should include while renovating your home.
Have a Budget and Follow It
When renovating, it’s easy to lose control of your spending and end up thousands of dollars over what you initially planned. That is why you should plan out a budget before begin. Have a set number that you do not want to go over and stick with it. After that, you can divide your amount into different categories like paint, supplies, labor costs, decorations, and everything else involved in the renovation.
Having a budget will come in handy if you need to do any cuts. It will also show you if you’re close to overspending and if you need to take money from somewhere else.
Track Your Spending
Now that you have that budget, use it. Track all of your spendings, down to the smallest purchase. You want to be able to say where all of the money is going. Your budget will be pointless if you don’t track your spending.
Reevaluate Your Insurance Policy
Upon completely your renovation, you’ll want to reevaluate your insurance policy. There’s likely to be new assets brought into the home that you’ll want to be covered. Renovating your home may change the price of your premiums too. So, it’s a good idea to speak with your insurer and go through your policy, whether it be for an apartment, house, or condo insurance, make sure that it’s updated.
Have a Backup Housing Plan
If you’re doing an extensive renovation that requires you to move out for a bit, you’ll want to ensure that you have somewhere to stay. Not only that, it’s a good idea to have a backup housing plan even if the renovation is small. You never know what you may find when you start ripping down walls and tearing up flooring.
Protect What’s Not Being Renovated
Don’t make your renovation a bigger project by having to fix things that get caught in the crossfire. Cover walls, flooring, structures, and anything in the area of the renovation that cannot be moved. Minimize the chance of something breaking or getting damaged while you work.
Here’s a step you do not want to forget – protecting yourself. While renovating, there will be dust and debris flying around. These are things that you do not want to inhale or get in your eyes. Protect yourself by wearing personal protective equipment. Put on eyeglass wear, facemasks, ventilate the rooms you’re working in and any other precautionary steps to ensure you have a safe renovation.