The 5 Step Process to Planning a Home Renovation

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There are lots of reasons to want to renovate your home. You might feel like your home is old, and a renovation can update and improve much of it. It might be that your family is getting bigger – and you need more space. No matter what the reason for a renovation, there are some steps that everyone will take to get it from planning to completion. 

This is our 5 step process to planning out your home renovation.

5 Steps to Executing your Home Renovation

1. Planning 

You’ll need to decide what you want to use the room for; this will offer some light on what you are going to need in terms of space and how detailed you can get with your plan. You will be able to go through what you can do in terms of DIY and what you will need to have professionals do for you. 

What is important is that you are realistic with what you can and can’t do – now isn’t the time to overinflate your DIY capabilities. During the planning stage, you will be looking at your budget too. 

2. Permits 

Almost every type of project is going to need a set of permits so that you can go ahead and change things. Sometimes, you will need to go through the process alone; other times, you will get help from your contractor and architect

Projects that change the structure of your home are going to require permission; if there are no structural changes, this can often be done without permits. Your contracts and other professionals can give you the best advice. 

3. Materials 

The most significant cost when it comes to renovation is the materials that you want to use. The materials can drastically change the total. High-end and handmade are options, but you will need to be selective about when you use them. If you need to have anything imported, then it is a good idea to have this process started as early as possible. 

4. Contractors 

Ahead of hiring any contractors, you will be working on the plan and the drawings – there are often contractors that your architect will recommend to you. It is vital that you don’t choose the contractors based on how much they charge – instead, look purely for quality and reviews. 

Make sure they have done projects like yours and have the experience you are looking for. The payment schedule can also be something to take into account – reputable contractors will never take the full amount upfront; instead, it will be spread across certain points. 

5. What First

One of the key parts of planning will be what you do first because that can shape the rest of the project. It is highly recommended that you opt to go for the largest or the messiest parts of the project first. Your contractor will want to talk this through with you so you are on the same track – it is worth thinking about it in advance. 

Renovations usually come as part of a plan to make your home more ‘you’, and there are a lot of DIY projects that you can do that don’t involve trying to break walls: 7 Home Improvement Ideas to Tackle in 2023

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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