8 Tips for a Successful Home Renovation
If you’re new, or not so new to home renovations, you know that remodeling a home comes with unique challenges. Remodeling is one of the best ways to not only give your home a personal touch but also increase your property value.
Home renovations can be exciting with the right process and team to help you along the way. Our team at Modern Blu has a few tips you can use to have a seamless home renovation!
1. Plan, Plan, Plan
Before you decide to knock down the first wall, you should have a complete and thorough plan that outlines where you will be renovating and what all needs to be done. This can include a drawn-out plan created with a designer or another renovation contractor who is experienced and licensed to renovate your home.
2. Have a Goal
What’s your purpose and end goal for your renovation? If you’re going to complete an extensive renovation, you should have a goal in place for its completion. This includes determining if you want to renovate to increase your home’s resale value, or if you’re renovating for your own personal preference.
Take into consideration the direction your neighborhood is moving in, are they getting newer homes, are other homes in your area being renovated? These questions will help you have a specific plan in place for when your renovation is complete and how you benefit from the project.
3. Budget for Your Renovation
When starting a renovation project, no matter how big or small the project is, you should always leave room in your budget for any unexpected expenses. Sticking to a specific budget can be difficult as labor costs and materials fluctuate all the time. Leave a little wiggle room for extras and errors in order to avoid financial strain and complete your project. For instance, if your budget is $15,000 to renovate your kitchen, plan for $12,000 and leave the rest for miscellaneous expenses.
4. Interview Multiple Contractors
We encourage you to interview contractors in your area who have experience, can show you their work, and help you understand your renovation process. Most contractors and renovation companies, like ours, have photo galleries on their websites to show examples of their work to help you reach the look you’re trying to achieve.
5. Plan for Outages
During your renovation, your contractor may need to shut off valves for your plumbing, which will leave you without water or switch off your electric panel, leaving you without electricity. Create a plan ahead of time so that you can work around any cutoffs to your utilities.
6. Obtain Permits
Some homeowners are unaware that you need permits in order to remodel your home in some areas. Avoiding obtaining permits can not only potentially halt your renovation but you can also put yourself at risk of safety hazards. Permits can help you avoid things like electrical code violations or wasting money on an incomplete renovation.
7. Purchase a Key Lockbox
Investing in a key lock box can help you if you haven’t moved into your new home, or if your home isn’t new but your contractor needs access. Contractors usually get an early start, and some days they may be there while you’re out, a key lockbox can reduce the headache of constantly having to let your contractors in if you’re away from home.
8. Book Your Contractor
One of the last things you want to happen is to lose a contractor whose work you like. If you know when you want to begin renovations, you should schedule your contractor ahead of time. If you wait too long to book your contractor, you may get stuck waiting on them to complete other projects, which can take weeks or even months.
If you have questions about your next home renovation, our team at Modern Blu is ready to help! We help homeowners complete bathroom, kitchen, and other renovation projects, and we can get started on yours too. Give us a call at for more information and to schedule your renovation consultation today!