Planning for a Renovation? Five Things to Consider Before You Get Started

Kitchen renovation

Are you feeling bored with your current living space? Do you find yourself daydreaming about a shiny new kitchen or a luxurious bathroom? If so, it might be time for a renovation! But before you go swinging that sledgehammer, here are five things to consider.


1. Your Budget

Ah, the dreaded B-word. Nobody likes talking about money, but it’s a crucial part of any renovation plan. Do you have a set budget in mind? If not, you might end up overspending on things you don’t need or neglecting important details. Trust me, you don’t want to be eating ramen noodles for a year just because you splurged on a fancy backsplash.


2. Your Timeline

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your dream home. Before you start tearing down walls, make sure you have a realistic timeline in mind. Renovations can be unpredictable, and unexpected delays are all but guaranteed. So if you’re planning on hosting your entire extended family for Thanksgiving in your brand-new dining room, you might want to rethink your timeline.


3. Your Permits

You might think you can just start hammering away at your walls, but your local government might have something to say about that. Depending on where you live and what kind of renovation you’re planning, you might need permits or approvals from the city. Make sure you do your research and get all the necessary paperwork in order before you get started.


4. Your Lifestyle

Sure, that open-concept floor plan might look great on HGTV, but is it really practical for your lifestyle? Do you have young kids who need their own space to play? Do you work from home and need a quiet office? Make sure your renovation plans take your lifestyle into account, or you might end up with a beautiful but impractical home.


5. Your Mental Health

Last but not least, don’t forget about your mental health! Renovations can be stressful, chaotic, and downright frustrating at times. Make sure you have a support system in place, whether it’s friends, family, or a therapist. And don’t be afraid to take a break and step away from the chaos if you need to.


So, that’s five things to consider before you embark on your renovation journey. Good luck, and may your home be everything you’ve ever dreamed of (without breaking the bank)!


Paul Nault
Owner, Nault Builders


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