Tackling a major home renovation can be exciting. But it can also be nerve-wracking and daunting. After all, when you want to change the windows in your living room, add an extra bathroom, and redesign your kitchen all at once, how do you plan it all out? In other words, how do you organize your home renovation so that you end up with the home you want without having to redo any work?
Here’s how to plan out your home renovation so that you can renovate your home efficiently, on time, and on budget:
1. Structural repairs and water issues
You might assume that the first step in a major home renovation is to demolish the parts of your home that you want to change. But before you take a sledgehammer to your wall, you’ll need to address any major structural issues and water issues in your home. This includes replacing or repairing your roof, securing your foundation, and making repairs that stop water from entering your home.
It’s important to tackle these repairs first to protect your renovation work against a structural collapse or water damage.
Once you’ve tackled major structural and water issues, it’s time to demolish spaces that you’ll be completely renovating.
3. Structural carpentry
Now that you’ve demolished your old spaces, it’s time to rebuild them. The first step in this part of the process is to take care of structural carpentry. This includes carpentry that your home needs for structural support, such as putting up new walls, creating larger openings for windows, adding or removing doors, and installing new support beams.
4. Electrical and plumbing work
Electrical and plumbing work needs to be done before your walls and ceiling are finished. At this stage, you’ll want to make sure that your contractor installs the ductwork you’ll need for central heating and air conditioning. Your contractor should also install any new electrical and plumbing systems you’ll need.
Is your plumbing and electrical work finished? If so, it’s time to insulate your walls and ceiling. Insulation needs to be covered with drywall as soon as possible. For this reason, make sure your drywall subcontractor can get started right away once you complete this step.
At this stage, your drywall subcontractor will close up your walls by adding drywall. Be sure that you’ve completed all necessary electrical and plumbing inspections beforehand. Otherwise, an inspector might make you expose your wall or ceiling so they can inspect the work completed.
If you’re installing or replacing windows, now’s the time to put them in.
8. Fine carpentry
This is when you take care of carpentry that isn’t structural. In other words, it’s the time to add molding, built-in shelves, baseboards, and trim around doors.
9. Painting and wallpaper
Applying surface finishes, such as paint and wallpaper, should happen once your fine carpentry is complete.
Wait until this stage in the renovation process to install new flooring. This way, your new floor won’t get damaged by other work that’s being done in your home.
Have a new light fixture you want to install? Now’s the time to add it to your space.
Take the time to organize your home renovation
Renovating your home can give you the space you’ve always dreamed of having while also boosting its resale value. But if you don’t plan it out carefully, a large home renovation can easily get out of hand.
When renovating your home, take the time to organize your home renovation to ensure that work is completed in the right order. This will prevent you from having to redo work. It’ll also help you stick to your renovation deadlines and budget.
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