You’re tired of your kitchen. It looks like something from a 1970s sitcom and you want something new. You’ve spent years going back and forth, but you’ve finally decided enough is enough. Before the first contractor comes in, you need to be prepared.
A lot of planning happens before the first hammer swings. If you don’t, then the project can easily get carried away and you might end up with something you’re not happy with. While the homeowner can sit out most of the actual construction time, they must be involved in pre-renovation preparation.
What’s the Scope of Your Project?
While the general contractor you hire will nail down the specifics and help you with budget estimates, you need to work out exactly what you want. Do you want to renovate one room or multiple rooms? Do you want to replace everything or only certain parts?
Do you want to tackle some of the renovations on your own or let the contractor take care of everything? You need to define the work you want to be done and prioritize them. Why? Budget.
You may want to replace all the appliances and put in a new sink, but once you research or talk to the contractor, it may be too much of an impact on your budget.
You also need to determine if you want the walls painted a different color, wallpaper, etc. Planning a large-scale home renovation often takes longer than the actual construction.
Create a Preliminary Budget before Meeting with a Contractor
While the homeowner and the contractor create the final budget, you can do some research, figure out some estimates and look at your own finances to determine a range for your budget.
You may want to create a kitchen that Bobbie Flay would be envious of, but it might not be in the budget. Once you have the scope, start estimating the costs and see if the project is within your budget. If not, then you might wait a year or so until it’s more feasible.
You can also research and interview contractors and determine which one you want to handle the project. Once you’ve chosen the contractor, told him the project and given him a budget range, the can work with you to nail down a more definitive cost and timeline.
Allow for Plenty of Time
Depending on your area and the time of year, contractors can be extremely busy. You may want your project started next month, but it may not be on their timeline. The contractor needs to set up the workers, consider the subcontractors and fit everything into their schedules.
You also need to think about your own schedule. Starting major renovation work while your three kids are home from school because of summer break isn’t a good idea. Many times, contractors can work around your schedule, but the fewer distractions and hazards available the better.
There are potentially power tools and hard chemicals around that could be dangerous. It’s best to keep the house as empty as possible and that includes pets. If you can’t keep them in a room, then you might consider boarding them during the renovation.
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