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Home Renovation Advice from The Shelhamer Real Estate Group in Highland Park.

When you are planning a renovation, it can be difficult to ensure you are getting everything covered with all the plans, materials, finishes, color decisions, and working with builders. The key to creating a successful renovation is timing and planning, and with a little bit of preparation, you can be on your way to a stunning renovation you can be proud of. 

Creating a renovation can be a challenge, and a checklist is a great way to ensure everything runs smoothly and you are working through the essential steps of the build or update.

Things to consider in your home renovation project 

Whether you are new to the renovation game or you are an experienced renovator, consider creating a checklist to ensure you always remember all the steps. 

Some inclusions for your home renovation are outlined below:

Get approval from your neighborhood council/association ahead of doing any renovation

Before you pick up a shovel or call in any tradespeople, you should always check that the renovation you are about to carry out is approved. According to Darren Robertson of Northern Virginia Homes, this is especially important if you’re in a condo.

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Depending on the size of the renovation, you might need to create plans. This may need to get approved by the city council, building & safety department, or other governmental organizations. This is to ensure the plans are suitable for your local area and meet regulations. Each and every neighborhood or city is unique. You will need to jump through the necessary hoops. Otherwise, you might be asked to pull down or remove any of the improvements or new construction. 

Create a plan for your renovations including the finishes

Take the time to delve into the renovation. Really get into fine detail including colors, materials, products, and all the finishes. You will need to ensure these details are decided ahead of time. Some materials need to be ordered in advance. It’s critical the materials, colors, and finishes compliment the renovation and fit into your budget. Get quotes for the materials, so you are aware of the budget each and every step of the way.


Budget for the renovation

No one wants to fly by the seat of their pants when it comes to renovations, as some jobs can blow out from $15,000 to $50,000 in the blink of an eye. Budget all of the materials, man-hours, finishes, paint, furniture, and even the cost of unexpected items such as rubbish removal and additional trades. Allowing for extra costs is essential and ensures you are being realistic about the costs of your renovation to ensure you don’t blow out on areas you might not have considered such as heavy machinery. 

Bring in experts

Rely on experts to carry out your work. Whether you need an architect, a builder, an electrician, a painter, or a local real estate agent. We all have talents. By hiring local experts, you have peace of mind that your renovation project will be carried out to the highest standard. You can ask around for recommendations or review local trades online to check out feedback from past clients. 

Order your materials and items

Have your plans approved, book your tradespeople and you have all your essential items in order to be delivered ahead of your project commencing. It’s smart to make sure everything you need for your renovation is going to arrive on time for each tradesperson. Contractors aren’t excited about backtracking to a project. That’s if you can even convenience them to go back.

Focus on quality workmanship

When it comes to renovations, you don’t want to cut corners. It is just as important to carry out each task properly and to the highest standard. Painting your home, for example, is just as important as any other renovation stage. A licensed and insured professional should ensure that your painting works are complete.

Have a firm plan. A renovation budget can easily blowout of control. No matter what you are doing you should ensure all of the stages are completed. If not you should have a discussion with your builder or tradesperson to ensure the timeline is realistic for the work. 

Engage professional trades for your renovation. You remain fully insured while your property will be taken care of. You’re rolling the dice you decide to hire a handyman or unlicensed skilled labor. Quality folks are out there. Make sure you get a referral from a trusted source.

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