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Airdrie House and Home: Planning ahead is vital to a successful renovation

While not every obstacle can be avoided, planning is a good way to start any remodelling job successfully.
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Consider these pre-renovation planning pointers to help any job go smoothly.

Remodelling projects are significant undertakings, and homeowners must consider a host of variables before any such project can begin.

While planning ahead may take time, it is essential to ensuring successful completion of a renovation project.

If you’re about to embark on a remodelling project, consider these pre-renovation planning pointers to help any job go smoothly.

Determine your motivation for renovating

Renovation projects often involve balancing needs and wants, and determining if a project is a necessity or a luxury can set the timeline and course of the project.

Is the roof leaking? If so, immediate action is necessary. Could the kitchen be a bit more functional? If the kitchen is still manageable, a homeowner may be able to wait a little bit to get better prices on appliances or contracting services.

Separating needs from wants helps homeowners map out a viable timeline that maximizes productivity and affordability.

Get professional advice

Many homeowners are under the impression that doing the work themselves can save a considerable amount of money.

This may be the case for homeowners with renovation experience, but by and large, professional contractors are an asset to any renovation. They can provide a realistic overview of the project, map out projected costs, point out areas that could be troublesome, and may have industry contacts that can keep supply costs low.

Even if a homeowner will do a portion of the job, a contractor can do the bulk of the work and keep the project on budget.

Get the necessary permits

Permits are designed to ensure the work is being done to code and in a safe manner. However, they are not without additional costs and processing time, and that can cause some homeowners to skip this step.

According to the home information site The Spruce, building permits cost anywhere from $400 to about $2,200 for new home construction. Building permits for smaller projects can cost $100 or less, and typically are based on a percentage of the anticipated cost of the project.

A permit may be issued the day the application is submitted, while other cities and towns may issue permits up to two or more weeks later. Make sure to factor permit fees and processing times into the renovation plan.

If it comes to light that a homeowner did work without a required permit, he or she may face penalties. They may have to tear out work done to have it inspected or redone; some may be unable to sell a home until permits have been obtained and work has been done to code.

Homeowners insurance coverage also may be affected if homeowners do not obtain the proper permits.

Other considerations

Other considerations when planning a renovation include writing out a strict budget, gathering inspiration, drawing up to-scale renovation plans, pouring over material reviews, and getting recommendations for reliable professionals to do the job.

While not every obstacle can be avoided, planning is a good way to start successfully.

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