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The Ultimate Guide to Home Renovations

Homeowners everywhere can attest that embarking on a renovation project is no walk in the park. With countless factors to consider, from identifying projects and potential contractors to budgeting for costs, having an awareness of all elements involved can mean the difference between successful results and unsatisfactory ones. If home renovations are in your sights, the following guide can help, presented to you below by Gina Jacobs Real Estate.

What Will You Choose?

There are many types of home renovations that can help improve your home’s value, aesthetics, and functionality. Typical renovations include kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, adding an addition or sunroom to your home, updating flooring or fixtures, and painting the interior walls. There are countless other ways you can renovate your home depending on your needs and budget.

If a Home Office Is the Plan

If you're looking to turn one of the rooms in your home into an office, there are plenty of things to consider. Of course, functionality is critical – make sure that the space you choose has plenty of room to work, sufficient organization systems, and ample storage. Plus, it's important to think about factors such as plenty of natural light and adequate noise insulation so that you have a comfortable environment to concentrate on your tasks. Finally, take time to think through how you can make the renovation feel like part of your home to ensure this investment is worth the effort.

Choosing a Contractor

The success of any renovation project depends largely on the contractor you hire. Before signing any contracts or agreements with a contractor, make sure that they are experienced in the type of renovation you want. Ask for references from previous clients and always read reviews online before making any decisions about who will manage your renovation project.

Be Clear About What You Want

Once you find a contractor, make sure that all parties involved are clear on what needs to be done by discussing the details thoroughly before construction begins. Be sure to ask questions if something isn’t clear so that everyone understands what is expected during each phase of the project.

Create a Budget

Before beginning any kind of renovation project, House Beautiful notes that you must have an accurate estimate of how much everything will cost so you can create a realistic budget. Account for unexpected costs such as hidden structural issues or changes requested during construction to avoid surprises down the line.

Outline a Schedule

Once all parties have agreed upon what needs to be done and how much it will cost, create an estimated timeline for completion based on how long each phase will take, as well as when each payment should be made throughout the project. This timeline should include realistic dates so everyone involved knows exactly when things should be completed. Once you have your schedule created, set up a filing system so that you can keep track of important information and documents. Use a digital filing system to avoid losing paperwork in the renovation chaos. Plus, if you upload them to the cloud, you'll be able to access anything from warranties and permits to receipts and estimates whenever needed.

Protect Your Renovation

After making all the improvements to your home, the last thing you want is another unexpected expense. That's why getting a home warranty after a home renovation is a smart move. Bob Vila explains that home warranties cover big-ticket items like heating and cooling systems, appliances, and electrical and plumbing systems so if something breaks down soon after your renovation, your wallet won't be taking quite as much of a hit. Plus, you'll have an entire team of experts at your beck and call when it comes to repairs or replacements - but be sure to read the fine print before signing.

Get Started On Your Reno Projects

Renovations can enhance both functionality and aesthetics but require careful planning to maximize success. By understanding different types of renovations, finding qualified contractors, communicating clearly, establishing timelines, and getting a warranty, you can rest assured knowing you've taken every step necessary for the successful completion of your renovation project.

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