Create Your Wish List

Your wish list will be an excellent way of seeing what you need compared to what you want. The needs are the items that have to be included in the renovation. This would be items such as an additional bathroom, more storage space, or new floors. It usually includes the one thing that brought about the idea of renovating. The wants are the beautiful extras you’d love to have, but they aren’t necessarily something you can’t live without. This would be the upgraded TV when your current model works fine.

Making a Budget

Your wish list makes this step easier. If it’s an item in the needs category, it must be purchased. If it’s a want, then it only gets included in the plan if you have extra cash after all needs are met. In order to have an honest discussion with an architect or contractor, you need to have a rough idea of how much you expect to be spending. Once you have come up with an amount, add another ten percent for all the additional costs that crop up during a renovation.

Coordinate Plans with a Calendar

If you have an estimated goal for the finished renovation, look at your calendar and consider if it is reachable. Wanting the renovations completed before the holidays means you can’t wait until fall to begin. Keep in mind the time of year. If walls or roofs are going to be removed, plan for it to coincide with the warmer months.

Do Your Research

Find a Contractor

Word of mouth is the best way to find a reliable contractor. Ask friends and family about their experiences and who they recommend. Take a moment to go to, which is the National Association of Home Builders. Contractors listed on this site are more likely to be professional and follow strict codes.


Don’t limit yourself. Interview several before making your final decision. Before signing any contracts, be sure to go over the fine print so that you and your contractor are on the same page.

The Remodel

Make Final Arrangements

Once you have a contractor and a date for the renovation to begin, you need to make any other necessary arrangements. This could include renting a storage space for bigger renovations. You’ll want anything that will be in the way or at risk of damage to be removed. Ask about inconveniences such as having the water turned off. You may need to plan on a hotel in these situations.

Create Your Escape Area

It can be very stressful to live in the midst of chaos during any home renovation project. Set aside at least one room that will be left alone throughout the construction. It can help you to relax if you have a place to go that is away from the tools, equipment, and mess.


Tim Smith writes for Modernize.