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Home renovations are not the type of project that you can do on the fly. It takes weeks or even months to properly plan and prepare for your projects. Whether you do it yourself or hire one of your local home renovation companies to do the project, there is a great deal to consider before you get started. Once you complete the planning, you work on getting multiple bids and tentatively determine the project start date.
Before Talking with Contractors
Find out if you need a permit for the renovations. A permit takes at least a week to be approved. Consider what kind of finishing you want, whether it is for flooring, new granite counter tops, new cabinets, and trim styles. These requirements need to be determined before you talk to any contractors because the types of materials will not only affect the cost of the project but other considerations such as the length of time you will need to give up the space or use of the room.
If there is anything you know you want that has a long lead-time, make sure to order it as soon as possible. If you aren’t sure, make it one of the top priorities to discuss with your contractor.
Certainly for kitchen renovations and other well-used rooms, set up a temporary location for regular kitchen activity before the project starts.
The larger the project, the longer it will take. If you are looking at several home renovation companies, be aware that it will probably take several weeks to assemble all of the bids for bigger projects. Also, make sure you have 10 to 15% more money than the quoted price of your chosen contractor, just in case something unexpected happens or you need to change the scope of the project.
Once you determine which of the architects and home renovation companies is right for your project, it will take another couple of weeks to finalize the design and layout with your input. The best contractors will help you get ahead of schedule and stay ahead.
Let us know how we can help you with your renovation projects – no job is too big or too small. The following project is a recent interior trim renovation project: