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When conducting any kind of complex and demanding project,
you should definitely organize yourself and create a plan. Otherwise,
on-the-spot decision making will probably make the job extremely difficult and
frustrating.

No matter if you want to do a complete renovation, or just
an annual home cleaning, be sure to put everything on paper, so you do not
overlook details and small things that can cause you more problems and additional
costs. Here is the ultimate checklist for major things to do when renovating
your home.

Follow Regulations and
Codes

Before you begin, take a look at local building regulations
and codes, even if you do not find them an issue. However, they should be taken
into consideration no matter what you plan to do. Is it digging your yard for
installing a yard fountain, outdoor kitchen, or a swimming pool? Do you plan to
reinstall any mechanical or electrical components in your home? It is surely
your own business, but always be sure to take local codes and regulations into
account.

Budget

Even with all the tricks for
minimizing home remodeling costs
, it can be an expensive project. Before
you start the work, you should know how much money you are able or willing to
spend. Think about whether you are going to renovate your home yourself or hire
a contractor to do the work for you. What changes are you going to bring in,
and how much will they cost? Even if you follow all the important advice about
renovation, you should add a 20% cushion just to be sure you will be able to
cover all the obnoxious surprises.

Time

Before you set off on a home remodeling adventure, you
should think about how long it will last. It is a complicated project, not a
short-term one that you can finish in a couple of days. There are rooms and
jobs that need to be renovated first, like bathrooms, before you proceed to
other project steps. If you are painting something, the paint needs time to
dry. If you are gluing tiles or wood, how will it take for the glue to dry?
Your job and your kids’ school obligations cannot be put on hold, and there
would be many unplanned situations which will make you take off your focus of
the on-going remodeling project. Certain jobs will require you to perform and
supervise them yourself, so estimating the required completion time is
necessary before pounding in the first nail.

Equipment

Any task is much easier when you have the right equipment
and tools. There are things you will not be able to perform only by using your
hand. If you have a multiple-floor house and you plan to remodel the upper
floors, then you should consider getting an elevated work platform (EWP). With it,
you can access the problematic and otherwise inapproachable parts of your home.
Think about what kind of equipment, tools and materials you will need, and
write everything down.

House Structure

If you plan to knock down a few walls in order to extend
your home premises, be sure to check all of the supporting walls. They are a
common issue in home renovations, for they can cause damage if not properly
checked. No matter whether it’s you or the contractors who are performing the
job, you should triple check all of your home’s support walls before you start
your projects. You do not want to knock
one of these down
.

The last, but not least important thing to plan is the
accommodation for you and your family during the renovation project. Can you
stay at your friend’s house, or you have to spend additional sums on hotels? If
you are able to stay at home during renovation, make sure you have your
bathrooms renovated at different times, so you have somewhere to take care of
your personal hygiene. Make a schedule together with all the household members.

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