What I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Home Renovation Project

September 5, 2019

What I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Home Renovation Project

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.

YOU WILL MOST PROBABLY GO OVER BUDGET

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.

YOU WILL NEED TO DO LOTS OF HOMEWORK

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.

IT WILL TAKE LONGER THAN EXPECTED

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.

YOU SHOULD RENOVATE FOR THE FUTURE

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. 





Recent Blog Posts

Stay up to date on the latest real estate trends.

real estate insights

Central Park Fall Fest

Jason Cummings  |  September 21, 2021

This time of year also marks the Central Park Fallfest hosted by Jason Cummings and Peyton Fullerton with Fairway Mortgage.

real estate

How to Get Your Home Sold for the Highest Price in the Shortest Amount of Time

Jason Cummings  |  August 25, 2020

Today we are going to share with you 4 ways we ensure our sellers get their home sold for the highest price in the shortest amount of time. It’s all too common for peo… Read more

Niki Stearman - Discovering Her Authentic Self

Samantha Ennis  |  May 11, 2020

Imagine a life where your working hours are spent focused on a passion, talent or even hobby and you managed to successfully turn it into a career.

Green Thumb Guide

April 21, 2020

Growing your own vegetables and herbs is healthier and more cost efficient.

Edgewater Public Market Creatively Adapting to COVID-19

April 16, 2020

A look inside the halls of Edgewater Public Market and what it's Vendors are doing to keep their doors open.

Rupert's on the Edge - A Local Favorite Brunch Destination

Samantha Ennis  |  April 10, 2020

What you can do to support Rupert's at this time.

Some Good News - Colorado

Samantha Ennis  |  March 31, 2020

You might not have heard it yet - but there are still positive news stories circulating around Colorado and I am here to share them with you.

Team Colorado Homes - Compass

Samantha Ennis  |  February 3, 2020

Denver Real Producers Feature Article

A Mid-Century Modern Community

November 1, 2019

A home style that made its debut in the 50s and 60s during the global space race.


DENVER'S TRUSTED REALTOR®

The team combines expertise with a willingness to think outside the box and break the mold to stay on the cutting edge of a shifting real estate industry. Whether you’re thinking about listing a house, beginning your search for a new home, or have a question about the area, please feel free to contact us.