How to Plan a Remodel

When remodeling your home, it can be difficult to know where to start to ensure that this is done well. After you have decided to remodel your home, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by all of the little things to plan. It is easy, therefore, to get lost in the small details or to forget some details entirely. 

To ensure this does not happen, it is best to have a process to follow throughout the remodel. We have gathered ideas to help you to plan and execute your remodel in the best possible way. Our easy-to-follow plan will assist you in getting off to the best possible start. 

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Assign your Budget

Before beginning your remodel, it is best to know what you have to work with in terms of funds. If you begin planning without knowing your budget, you may realize that what you are planning is unachievable. 

Unless you have an unlimited budget to work with, knowing what you do have to spend is imperative. This will make it easier when you are requesting quotes and pricing materials. We advise you know what you are working with before getting prices as it will avoid disappointment if you find materials and décor that you want only to find you cannot afford it. 

The reason we advise you to devise your budget first is so that if you find when requesting quotes that you are unable to afford what you want, it is easier to postpone. 


Make your Plans

After you have worked out your budget, the next thing to do is to begin filling out the details of your plans. You need to make your plans as specific as you can, starting with physical plans, blueprints, and floorplans. This will help you to keep on track with how each area should look once the work is complete. It will also give you something to refer to at each point of the remodeling project. 

Next, you should make a clear list of your expectations. What are you expecting to achieve, and what do you need to make your expectations a reality? Having a clear list will make it easier to ensure that the project is on track at each check-in point. 

Finally, section out the work into stages. Start your plan with a step-by-step list of each action that needs to happen to execute the remodel. Once you have that list, you can then begin to assign tasks. With a clear process of how the remodel will happen, you can see which tasks may be done by yourself, friends, or family and which you will need to hire someone to complete. 


Contact Professionals

Now that you know your budget and have your list of tasks that require professionals, it is time to start making contacts. Knowing the scale of the remodel, you will be able to request more detailed quotes from those you need to do the jobs. We recommend you get a range of quotes to ensure the best value and that you vet the professionals before handing over any payments. 

One of the most effective ways of vetting professional contractors is by hiring someone with whom you have personal knowledge of doing a good job. Ask friends and family for names of contractors they have been happy with in the past and approach them first. 

If you are not in a position where this is possible, we recommend doing your research. You should ensure that, as a minimum, anyone you are hiring has experience of completing jobs of this nature previously. You should also ensure that they have all relevant insurance policies in place in case they are needed. You can also look for online reviews via search engines or social media to ensure that nothing worrying is immediately apparent. 

We recommend that you ask any contractors for references and endeavor to contact each reference for further reassurance. 

Agree on your payment schedule and start date once you have decided which professionals you are hiring. You should consider how much, if any, work you are completing on a DIY basis before the contractors become involved before setting the start date. This will ensure you do not have to rush through the DIY sections to be ready for the professionals. 


Set Your Timeframe

With all of your plans, contractors, and tasks settled, it is best to now set the timeframe for the work to be completed. Having a timeframe mapped out that is shared with all parties involved will avoid confusion and delays. 

A timeframe will also help you to be clear regarding which materials are needed and when. Having this level of detail means that orders can be placed at the correct time to avoid having too much at the remodel site or delays waiting for deliveries. 

A timeframe can also be an integral part of dealing with contractors as you can be clear about the hiring period, which can help manage costs also. 



With all of these aspects in place, the only thing left to do is get ready for the remodel to begin. Whether you are doing this bit by bit and remaining in the property or moving out while the work is completed, having a clear plan will always help. Prior planning helps to manage all expectations and keep the jobs running smoothly throughout. 

If at any time during the remodel something impacts the plans you have made, we recommend drawing up revised plans in the same way. This will help you to be clear of any changes you need to make, and the consistency of plans will be easy to replicate.

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