What I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Home Renovation Project

September 5, 2019

Whether it’s finding out your wiring is not up to code or that having your dream marble bathroom will take longer than expected, home renovations will always have its share of surprises. To spare yourself from added stress, be sure to never skip this important task: proper planning. To make informed decisions and to be more confident during the overall process, be aware of these facts when starting a home renovation project.


When setting your budget, add at least an extra 20% to cover unexpected issues. You’re investing on quality here, so be prepared to pay extra for materials and exceptional work that in the end, will serve you well in the long term. Be in constant communication with your contractor and designer to make sure you’re on track.


Research. Research. Research. Don’t hire someone based on an online search alone. Consult with family and friends who have done renovations in the past, as well as other construction or real estate experts. Once you have a shortlist of contractors, take time to call those references. This will help you find the best person for the job. Also, hiring a manager can help ensure a headache-free process, especially when you have zero experience in home renovations.

Know what you want –it is your home after all. Clip magazine photos or create an online mood board to help bring your thoughts and ideas to the table.


Be realistic. Renovations take time and these projects are going to take longer than you expect it to. It is possible that a two-month project can turn into three. Many factors can contribute to delays –pre-existing conditions and unforeseen problems (rot, mold, electrical issues), weather, permit delays, long lead times and back orders will most certainly add time to the schedule. While your contractor will do everything to make the process as smooth as possible, always expect some bumps in the road.


Reserve style trends for accessorizing. Opt for a high-quality job in timeless and classic aesthetics that you won’t regret in three or five years. Invest in quality finishes and functional spaces and fixtures.  At the end of the day, neutral walls and stainless steel appliances will always look elegant, sophisticated and modern.

To find your dream Denver property, contact Jason Cummings today. 

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