I felt this was an important topic to cover for anyone planning a remodel, no matter the size. We often get client calls with unrealistic timeframes in wanting their project to completed because they are unaware how long each step takes and how many steps are involved. This guide will help you whether you are a DIY or hiring professionals!
Set a Project Budget
First determine your budget and finalize your financing. Your budget should include Labour costs, permits, and materials. Set aside a minimum of 10% of your budget for unexpected costs. If you are hiring a professional Interior designer/Architect, this is when you should bring them into the project.
Putting together a detailed project plan
When to start: min 6 months prior to the start of construction.
The first step in a remodeling project is to have a clear plan outlining your goals, including your design inspirations and work you wish to have completed. Your plan should include...
- A list of needs and wants
- Construction drawings or sketches
- tasks divided into DIY and requiring a professional
At this stage, you will determine if a building permit is required. If you are changing the structure of your home (relocating/ removing walls, plumbing or electrical) or adding a structure to your exterior (i.e., garage) you will require a building permit. The time to apply for a permit is when you have a team and a project timeline in place.
Hiring a team
When to start: 2 to 3 months prior to the start of construction.
When hiring professionals look for years of experience, insurance coverage, references, payment schedules, and availability.
DIY? make sure you have the experience and support you need to complete the job without hired help, confirm availability of family and friends.
Additional things to take into consideration for your timeline; clearing your project area, and delivery times for your materials.
If you are hiring a contractor, determine who is responsible for waste removal. DIY, plan for waste removal and cost.
Prepare for your Renovation to Begin
When to start: 1 week prior to your start date.
This is the stage just before the big kick off! Make sure your area is clear so your team can work without constraints, to avoid injury and have a quicker work time.
Your project will determine whether you are able to live in your home through the renovation. Planning on a kitchen remodel, plan for a temporary cook/clean up station. Bedrooms, store your furniture and plan for new sleeping arrangements. An entire home or a one Bathroom home, you may wish to vacate for a short period of time.
Plan for Problems when Renovating
No matter how detailed your renovation plan is, renovations can throw you unexpected curve balls. Prepare for delays and unexpected costs. This will prevent stress and help you stick to your budget.
Cedar Street Designs would love to partner with you on your next home renovation!