Where do I start. It is easy to get a vision for the finished product and see that beautiful new look that will be the result of all the renovating work that you want to do to your home. But it is another thing to understand the path that you will need to go through to take your home from where it is to that finished state. So, getting a plan for how to proceed is always the first step before you spend a dime on actual renovating work.
When you get that vision for the finished product of your renovating effort, you are mostly seeing the final decorating that makes your home look new and stylish. But before that can happen, you must take an inventory of what must be done at a structural level to both repair any problems with the house that have developed over the years and to make the structural changes you will need done before you see your new renovating plan begin to take shape.
You will probably need some help from the design phase all the way through to the finished product of your beautiful new home. If you plan to alter the structure of the home, you will need an architect and someone who can give you an estimate of what needs to be done.
Above all, you must get a total renovating plan in place before you start making changes. Then you will begin at the structural level and proceed step by step until you get to the ornamental level of painting, new tile and new carpet. But you must understand the extent of the work that must be done before you get that far before you start the project. To put a pretty layer of paint or carpet over a house that needs structural work can result in a disaster.
On top of knowing all the details of the scope of the project you have in mind; this exercise will tell you what you need to know about the costs of the project. Most renovating projects run into snags toward the end because the “bosses” of the project did not get a good cost evaluation in the beginning. Then when the costs keep going up and up and up, they panic because the money can run out before the work is done.
By doing the research before any work is done, you can get a cost evaluation of each phase of the project. Then if you have a limited budget, (and everybody does), you can break the renovating project down into stages and accomplish one clean step with this year’s budget. In this way, you are getting your renovating work done in an orderly fashion with no surprises. That is an approach that will leave you feeling good about the renovating you are doing to your home.