Thinking of renovating an older home? While things don’t always go as expected, some simple guidelines can really help to keep the project in check. Here’s a checklist to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Have a plan

If you’re planning a big renovation, a professional blueprint might be in order. But if you don’t need a blueprint, you should still put together a physical or digital plan encompassing all of the important details about the project.

In addition to the physical details, your priorities should be included in this plan. This will help you decide on which elements to compromise on, if necessary to stay within your budget (which should also be part of this planning process.) Make sure to budget about 10 – 20% more than you think you might need for the project in order to cover any unanticipated surprises (like water damage found underneath the tile in your basement, for example.)

Also make sure to keep your “why”/overall goal for the renovation in mind in order to power through any setbacks or frustrating situations that may pop up during your renovation.

Find the right professionals

DIY-ing your home renovation should only be done if you have experience and really know what you’re doing, otherwise we highly recommend hiring professionals to help out. Make sure the professionals you end up working with have good reviews, comprehensive insurance and the proper permits. Ask for estimates before hiring anyone as well. Check websites like Angi and Houzz for recommended contractors and renovation specialists in your area.

Have your home’s “bones” inspected

If you’re renovating an older home, you have a huge advantage in that the “bones” of the house are likely built to last and well-constructed. 

However, getting the structural components of your home thoroughly inspected before starting any part of the renovation is still important. It’s a safety concern as well as something you need to do in order to make sure your renovation goes as smoothly as possible. A professional or team of professionals should inspect the beams, electrical system, plumbing, roof, windows, etc. to make sure no repairs are needed and that the bones will hold up to a renovation project. This step becomes increasingly important as your house gets older.

Make things as easy as possible for the professionals

Before starting the remodel, it’s important to prepare the space for the construction workers who will be completing the project. You don’t want them to arrive bright and early on the day that work starts to find the kitchen cabinets full of dishes. If needed, consider renting a storage unit or container to keep everything conveniently out of the way and safe.

Make sure to keep pets and kids out of the room in which they’re working, not just for efficiency’s sake but for safety too.

Save the the flooring for last

If you’re installing new floors or refinishing existing floors, make sure to leave them for last because they can be scuffed up or damaged by the other trades. If you’re having your flooring replaced, consider installing wide plank floors for a more modern, updated look in your space. If you are looking for a reliable hardwood flooring contractor, check out City Floor Supply’s Find a Contractor service. 

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