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Renovations are excellent for expanding and modernizing your space while increasing your home’s value. This process can be exciting, but it’s also daunting and overwhelming for a homeowner.

Before hiring a contractor and jumping into a project, you should consider a few things before starting your renovations, like building a timeline, your budget, and planning the space you have available.

Let’s take a deeper look at the top five things to think about before starting a renovation project.

Think About Your Budget

One of the most important things to think about when starting your repairs and upgrades is your budget and how flexible you’re willing to be. When renovating, prepare for surprises and issues hidden under the surface that appear once your contractor begins tearing down walls.

It’s essential to know much you can reasonably afford to spend on renovations. This budget will help you as you consider the materials you choose and determine what labor costs you can afford.

Have a Realistic Schedule

There are a lot of components that take time in a renovation project, and it’s always best to create a realistic timeline. Try to get a sense of how long your project will take so that you can make arrangements for yourself and prepare accordingly.

Take the Time of Year Into Consideration

You can complete indoor renovation projects, such as updated kitchens, entertainment spaces, and bathrooms, any time of year. However, suppose you’re interested in adding an outdoor space or a deck. In that case, you will need to schedule your renovation project around warmer months so that colder elements don’t delay your project.

How Much Space Do You Have Available?

Before starting your renovation project, you should consider the space available for your dream upgrades. If you have larger-than-life plans for your family room, like adding an indoor bar and home theater, knowing if your space is large enough is essential. If not, try to scale down your plans to ensure everything fits perfectly and is aesthetically pleasing.

Stay Open to Recommendations From Contractors

You and your construction team will work closely in your home for a while, so having a good, respectful relationship is essential. Stay open to recommendations from your contractors if they’re telling you something won’t work or would look better from their point of view.

When you’re excited about renovating your home, you want to start immediately. However, it’s always best to weigh your options and plan out your project before diving in. Taking your budget, schedule, space, and environment into consideration will make your renovation project smoother than someone who didn’t consider those things.