What to research?
Maybe one of the most frustrating and consuming stages in the pre-renovation phase, but it’s necessary. It’ll ultimately save you a lot of time and money when you discover what is better for a professional to do versus yourself. “What exactly should I be researching?” is likely a question running through your mind, which is why I’m here to help.
Friends who have experience with renovation can impart wisdom to you that you do not have. Their experience will help you determine what should be done by a professional, and what you can do yourself. It’s important to be careful, however, about how seriously you take your friends advice. What they consider a “do-it-yourself” renovation may be more of a challenge for you, given your experience. Fortunately, your friends already have experience with contractors. They can recommend who to hire for the big jobs.
- Do not be scared to get multiple quotes! This is the biggest area you should be researching. To stay on budget, you want to make sure you get the best work for your dollar. Be careful though, you want to make sure the contractor you sign on is with a trusted company and will do the job right. A cheap quote doesn’t always mean the best work.
- After comparing quotes, you might realize that what you want done is much more expensive than you planned. You may be faced with the need to pick an alternate route, a more cost-effective route. This is why it’s important to make your priority list in the first stage of the pre-renovation planning. (What’s the first stage?)
- While contractors are in the house, ask them about permits you need to apply for or alternative suggestions they have. Remember, these people are the professionals with a lot more experience than you. Learn from them. Ask them as many questions as you want. The more information you receive, the better your renovation will be and the likelihood you will stay within your budget.
Your living situation
Depending on how big your renovation is, consider your living situation. Your house will become chaotic; you might want to live somewhere else in the meantime. This may affect your budget if you don’t have family and friends to take you in while you renovate. Even if you choose to stay in your home during the time of your renovation, it’s good to be aware of what is to come.
The biggest part of this stage is getting the quotes and information you need from contractors about your planned renovation. Do not be shy about asking all your questions and getting multiple quotes. It will save you time and money in the long run.