Planning a home renovation project can be one of the most exciting things for owners. Or it can also be stressful.  There are so many things to consider. A lot of ideas coming from different people. Costs piling up! These are some of the things that can add to the stress during home renovation.

So to better plan and reduce stress, here are some tips that can help you.

Decide on a theme

It is costly to embark on a project without knowing what you want. At the start of the project, visualize your dream house. If you plan to renovate the whole house, think of a theme. There are many inspirations on the net. Some of the popular design themes are:

  • Classical
  • Contemporary
  • Bohemian
  • Hollywood
  • Mid-Century Modern
  • Industrial
  • Minimalist
  • Art Deco
  • Nautical
  • Rustic
  • Oriental
  • Retro

Research each theme. Don’t pick a theme because they are in fad. Consult your family members if you need to.  Pick a theme that best resonates with you or your family. This way, you know you will be very happy with the outcome after. Otherwise, you might spend a fortune and regret it.

Determine Scope and Extent of Work

Now, once you have decided on a theme. The next step is to scope and determine the extent of work. Are you doing a full renovation? Or only parts of the house?  Do you plan to keep some of your current walls or doors? Do some elements of the house still fit your theme? Would you need to take out partitions? Or simply do repainting and add some decors?

Carefully study your house to see if there are parts you intend to keep. Probably, there are items you can still recycle and remodel to keep up with your theme. Walkthrough and take a deep look at each spot. You might need to change ceilings, fix wirings, add lighting, and fixtures. Going through the motion of studying the extent of work will save you a lot of time and money.

Set timelines

Even if this is your house, it will be good to set timelines. Impose deadlines on yourself. This way, you will not find yourself with an unfinished house one year later.

The big advantage of following your timelines is to save on costs. Materials prices tend to increase over time.

If you intend to do full house renovation, you may need to vacate your house and temporarily move to a hotel or rent. The sooner you get the work done, the faster you can go back. This will entail huge savings from renting another house.

Decide if you will Manage the Construction Yourself or Hire a Contractor

The answer largely depends on you. Factors to consider are your skills in managing, experience, costs, and time. There are pros and cons for doing it yourself versus hiring a contractor.

Managing the Construction Work Yourself

You can save on costs if you manage the construction yourself.  This is also a good option for those people who like the creative process. They are hands-on and want to be involved in every step of the construction.

But managing yourself entails a lot of administrative work. You need to find masons, plumbers, electricians, painters, etc. You need good management skills.  Part of the work is to closely monitor the output of your workers. Otherwise, you might end up with higher costs due to possible re-work or extended construction time.

Your experience in construction also matters. If you have done previous renovation projects, you can be more confident in managing the construction yourself. However, if this is your first time and you want to do a full house renovation project, you might need to think twice if this task is something you can do or not.

Hiring a General Contractor

A general contractor is more expensive than you managing the entire construction. But this saves you a lot of time and effort in overseeing the whole construction. The contractor takes care of everything. They are responsible for hiring the different workers needed. They will also oversee the output on a day to day basis. The contractor will check if the work is at par with the design you want.

Throughout the process, you simply give down payment and pay on a periodic basis. They will consult you once in a while. If you don’t have time, hiring a general contractor is a good option.

Lastly yet very important is the contractor’s experience. Since this is their profession, you can be assured that they are experts in this field. You just have to find a credible contractor that can get the work done.

Estimate Costs and Track Expenses

It is hard to go over budget. So get down to your excel and list all the possible expenses. If you have decided to manage the construction all by yourself, jotting down on excel is important.

Canvass from different suppliers and hardware for items you will buy.  Also, make sure you include everything in your list. Put all the materials and services. Make it as comprehensive as possible.

Once you have set the budget, make sure you track the expenses versus. As you go along, always input the actual expense. See if they fall within your budget or not. Others even open a separate bank account to manage their expenses.

Now, let the home renovation begin! While it can be stressful at times, try to still enjoy the process. After all, this is your home and you want to create good memories throughout this journey.