What Are the Initial Steps in a Home Remodeling Project?
Starting a home renovation can be overwhelming, especially if you haven’t completed one before. Whatever the project, your remodel will involve so many details it can easily become daunting.
Use these steps and tips for planning a home remodel to choose how to order, prioritize and build a detailed home project plan that will help reduce your stress level while keeping you on budget and on schedule.
How to Plan a Remodel in 5 Steps
Build a Detailed Home Improvement Project Plan
The first step in a remodeling project is to develop a plan that clearly states the goal for your renovation and includes designing inspiration and an outline of the work that needs to be completed.
Your project plan should also include:
- Blueprints or sketches of your finished project.
- A list of needs and wants for your project.
- Project steps divided into DIY steps and steps that will require a professional.
The second step is to find out what is actually possible so you won’t hit snags that can put an end to the project halfway through. Especially for more extensive renovations, you should get a structural engineer to take a look at your home and see if the structure will support what you have in mind. You also need to find out what the local laws and bylaws are, whether you’ll be allowed to make the changes you want to make and which permits you need to obtain.
Do the Financial Prep Work
The third step is getting the money in place for your renovation project. Renovations are unique and its best to meet with a financial advisor for individual advice.
Contractors are frequently brought into the process once a final schematic design has been selected. Usually there is at least a general idea of how the home will look from the outside, a dimensioned floor plan and some preliminary material selections. With this much information, it’s possible to provide preliminary estimates of cost.
Contractors are often asked to estimate the schematic design as part of the interview process. It may take a couple of weeks to set up the interviews and generally at least two to three weeks after interviews to receive the estimates. Altogether it could take four to six weeks to interview candidates and receive estimates. After that you may want to call references, visit jobsites or do additional research before making a decision about the contractor you will hire..
Shop for Contractors and Materials
Allow yourself one to two months to choose everything. While you are shopping for tile and hardwood floors, your architect or designer will finalize construction drawings, work with a structural engineer on how the project will be built and put in the details required for permitting. If it all goes well, you will work on this step and the previous one concurrently and finish at the same time.
Develop Detailed Home Remodeling Plans or House Plans
After documenting your high level home remodeling or house plan objectives, you can now get down to work fleshing out all of the details. This includes specifying the actual dimensions of all the rooms in your home remodeling or house plans, as well as specifying the myriad of details such as lighting and flooring choices and their locations, appliance makes and models, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, paint colors, interior trim styles and colors, and even landscape items when applicable.
Build a Timeline
Once you have your budget and team in place for your remodeling plan, it’s time to put together your timeline. First, choose a desired start date, or if you’re hoping to have it completed by a specific date, work backward from that date instead. Sit down with your contractors to determine the length of time each portion of the project will take. Discuss which steps of the remodel need to be completed first, how long they will take and which project portions can be completed concurrently.
Additionally, be sure your timeline:
- Includes time to clean out the project area.
- Allows for the shipping and delivery of materials.
- Accounts for any holidays your contractors may take off.