Like any other projects, a house renovation needs proper planning for it to go smoothly. If you are planning to do a renovation, there are things to consider before actually starting it. Otherwise your house renovation may not get done as you would want to be done. Things could also be more inconvenient to you or other mistakes may cause more expenses in the end.
Plan the General Scope
The first step really is to pinpoint the areas that would be included in the renovation. While a house renovation may encompass the whole expanse of the home, it could also include certain parts of the home only. Aside from the areas where repairs and updating is needed, the renovation can also be about transforming the look of a certain area or the entire home. The important thing is this should be decided right from the start. Of course, a big house renovation may become smaller if the budget is not enough.
Local and Community Laws and Permits
Cities and towns have their own laws to follow. You would need to seek permits for the renovation. So you also need to give this more time and money to accomplish. Some communities and neighborhoods are even strict when it comes to doing a house renovation too so you may want to find out what the regulations are just to be sure that you are not breaking any rules.
Based on your generally assessment of the renovation, you may already have an idea as to how much budget is needed. You need to take into account all the possible expenses from the permits to the materials and labor. Of course, the fees of the architect and the contractor also need to be considered as well. While this may not be final, this would give you an idea as to whether you can afford the kind of house renovation you have in mind. Otherwise, you might have to scale down the renovation. Remember to allot some allowance for the costs too as there are always extra expenses along the way.
Choosing an Architect and a Contractor
While the general idea of the house renovation should come from you, it is the architect who will design the whole renovation. And it is the contractor who will execute the said design. So before, you even finalize the budget you should contact the architect and have him design the house renovation according to your tastes and preferences. While the architect would have an idea of the costs, the contractor would be more adept with the costing. At times, the architect and the contractor are one and the same person only too. Whoever you hire, the main objective is to transform your home to the home you really want.
Moving out Planning
If the renovation is total, then you would have to move out some time. That is why everything should be planned. The schedule of your moving out should be timed so much so that you would not have to spend more than you need to. But if well timed, your house renovation would go more smoothly and more successfully in the end.