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5 Ways to Plan for a Home Renovation

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Renovation projects can be a huge undertaking that require a lot of time and energy, even if you choose not to DIY. From what projects to do, to finding the professionals you need, here are 5 ways to plan for a home renovation.

1. Prioritize Projects

Embarking on a home renovation takes preparation and planning. Before contacting any contractors or starting demolition, explore your options and limitations as some projects are easier to complete than others.

The most popular home improvements include kitchen remodels, midrange bathroom upgrades, and master suite additions. Each comes with specific costs and potential returns on investment.

Depending on what level of remodeling you plan to do, the work could take anywhere from a week to three months or more. Projects that involve electrical or plumbing work may require permits and take some time to complete. Knowing what to expect helps you decide what to do and when. It also helps you plan for possible lodging and accommodations.

2. Plan for Costs

Planning for renovation costs ensures you can see your project through to the end. Having an idea of how much the work will cost and budgeting appropriately can help you prepare.

Repainting and landscaping projects are some of the most affordable home upgrades, while other projects require a larger budget. However, renovation expenses can also be unpredictable, especially if the materials you need are in high demand. Top material shortages through 2021 included steel, roofing materials, and lumber, according to Statista.

Begin saving up (or seek financing) for your project early on. Then, ask for estimates from multiple companies to compare costs and select the best option. Keep in mind “best” doesn’t always mean cheapest; compare experience, references, and online reviews to find an ideal fit.

3. Design a Home Office

Whether you work from home or need a quiet reprieve after office hours, a home office renovation might be on the agenda. Overhauling your office can boost productivity and make your work environment more enjoyable.

Comfortable furniture can help support good posture, bright colors promote concentration, and ample lighting avoids eye strain. Focus on creating an efficient and peaceful workspace where you can get work done without distractions while incorporating details that bring you joy.

4. Design & Decorate

Before you begin a renovation project, it helps to have a mental picture of the final result. Hiring an interior designer, along with your contractor or architect, ensures your new space is functional and aesthetically pleasing, but you might have questions about hiring an interior designer versus a decorator.

One of the key differences between an interior decorator and interior designer is that the latter can be involved in architectural design. Interior decorators focus on decor, paint, and furniture once the space is completely renovated.

5. Keep Communication Open

Good communication with your contractor will make your project go more smoothly. At your first meeting, establish how you will communicate and how often. Putting things in writing is a helpful practice for contractor communication, and it may even be required.

In some states, a written contract is a legal requirement to protect you and the contractor. Check your local laws to determine what paperwork you need to ensure your remodeling work (and contractor) follows the rules.

Check in frequently, especially for projects where plans might change or decisions must be made. Promptly responding to your contractor helps keep your timeline on track.

Whether your home renovation involves designing a home office or tearing out an entire room, there’s a lot to consider. From deciding on projects to hiring an interior designer, plot out each step in advance—and share your ideas with your contractor.


Megan Cooper thinks there’s nothing more satisfying than a well-executed DIY project. For her, it all started a few years ago when she built a bookshelf out of reclaimed wood. She hasn’t looked back since. Today, she regularly tackles home decor DIY projects big and small. She created to share all of the tips, advice, and resources that she has found most useful as she’s learned the ins and outs of DIY.

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