Updated: Apr 27
Don’t dive into a home renovation until you’ve learned these steps.
Now that spring has arrived in Denver, many homeowners are thinking about diving into some home renovations. However, it can be hard to figure out what to do or where to start, so today we’ll be going over the steps you should follow to ensure the renovation process goes smoothly. The steps include:
1. What’s the plan and budget? First of all, you need to figure out what home renovations you want to make. Let’s say you want to redo the master bathroom—how much do you want to spend? A master bathroom renovation can cost as little as $10,000 or less, or the price can be much, much more. Figure out your budget and try to stick to it.
2. How involved do you want to be? Some of our clients want help with designing, building, ordering, and every other part of the renovation process. Others want to work alongside the contractor by picking out supplies and shopping on their own, and some just want to do all the work themselves. Figure out how involved you want to be in the renovations and then choose what fits your needs, whether it’s a full-service contractor, subcontractors, or yourself. Each has its pros and cons: Full-service contractors cost more but can get better deals on supplies, and subcontractors will need you to do some of the planning and permit-related work.
By understanding the steps involved in a renovation, you can plan out a strategy that works well with your home improvement needs.
3. Start looking for materials. We often use sites like Pinterest and Houzz to find ideas. The sooner you get an idea, the sooner you can get materials. Keep in mind that certain materials can take 12 weeks or more to arrive—the last thing you want to do is start demolishing and then be forced to wait around for months. When you have the materials, work with the general contractor so they can have the subcontractors arrive in an orderly fashion. If you’re handling the general contractor duties, give each subcontractor enough time to finish their projects—otherwise, you’re paying people to stand around. Keep in mind that you can always negotiate prices—if you’re not comfortable with costs, let them know. They may be able to find ways to shave some costs down by picking different materials. Additionally, you can always get different quotes.
4. Talk to an agent. We work with contractors all the time and can refer you to the ones we trust. Additionally, we can give you advice about what renovations are popular in your area and what upgrades you can make to bring more value to your property. For example, if you’re planning to sell in a few years but still want to make some changes now, we can advise you on renovations that will stand the test of time. We never like to see homeowners invest money into their property and get nothing in return for their renovations. If you plan to stay for a long time, this is much less of an issue—you can go ahead and make the changes you want without worrying about increasing your home’s value.
By understanding the steps involved in a renovation, you can plan out a strategy that works well with your home improvement needs. If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.