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Nine Renovation Do’s and Don’ts

Renovating a home can be fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful and time-consuming. Here are a list of things to do and things to avoid doing during a major home remodeling project that will help ensure your experience is pleasant and creates a space to enjoy for years to come.

Do: Hire a Professional Designer

By investing in a designer, you’ll collaborate with a professional to come up with ideas and solutions. Designers know the latest products, technology, and trends. They can eliminate costly mistakes and narrow down choices that fit your lifestyle and budget.

Do: Be Flexible

While it’s necessary to have a budget, always include a little more for unforeseen circumstances. You may discover a surprise in your kitchen, pests nesting in your walls, or plumbing unable to be moved as designed. If planned for in advance, you can account for these things without feeling strain in your pocketbook.

Do: Purge Your Belongings

Before a project renovation is the perfect time to go through your things and get rid of unnecessary items. Do you really need fifty pieces of Tupperware? Three sets of pots and pans? Twenty bottles of scented lotion? Start off fresh, neat, and organized in your new space.

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Do: Prepare to Take Time Off Work

To make selections and complete home walkthroughs, you may need to take some time off of work.

Many specialty showrooms do not have weekend or evening hours. It is also important to do walkthroughs during daylight hours to discuss important items like plumbing and electrical. Be sure to dedicate the appropriate amount of time to ensure your thoughts and preferences are conveyed to both your designer and builder.

Don’t: Plan a Large Event or Party Around Your Renovation

Many people plan parties or invite guests to stay in their homes too close to their project completion date. Extreme hot or cold temperatures, excessive precipitation, and unforeseen circumstances may extend your project longer than expected. Putting pressure on the contractor (and yourself!) could compromise the quality of work done on your home.

Do: Move Out of Your Home During a Major Remodel

Moving in with your mother-in-law may seem like a frightening scenario, but it’s something you should seriously consider for your family’s health and wellness. If your house was built before 1978, there is a chance that it contains lead paint. Asbestos is also another item that needs careful attention in older homes. No matter how much care is taken, dust and dirt make their way in and around your home, which is especially irritating to people with asthma and allergies.

Do: Go Green

Utilize the latest in energy upgrades, water saving fixtures, and building materials. The myth that green products are a lot more expensive is not always the case. While upgrading your home, consider these as possible options.

Do: Consider Universal Design Strategies

Universal design considers practical design features for all ages and people with and without disabilities. Thinking about these things prior to construction could prevent additional renovations down the road for expected or unexpected life changes. Wider hallways and doorways, better lighting, and zero-threshold showers are a few examples of universal design features to incorporate into your project.

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Don’t: Buy Building Products Online

Buying products through your contractor or designer ensures that they will fit and prevents losing valuable warranties by purchasing from uncertified dealers and installers. When you buy local, showrooms have examples on hand and the knowledge to educate you on your options.

Additionally, designers and contractors have access to discounts and can pass on these valuable savings to you. Buying local also helps reduce issues like shipping damage, large re-stocking fees, and compromised product quality.

By Melanie Grabarkiewicz 

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