Renovating your home can be a very rewarding project. There is nothing more fun than seeing all the hard work you put in deciding what color schemes and appliances you want and where you want them each situated. Choosing to renovate anything in your home is both an investment in time and as well as an investment in money so you want to have a good idea of what you are getting into before you jump in feet first!
We know that every home is vastly different, and each renovation will face its own set of unique challenges, however, there are many things that you can do to both prepare for your plumbing renovation and some warning signs to look out for that are common across the board.
Keep reading, because these next 10 tips will prepare you for your next plumbing renovation!
- Evaluate and determine the layout
Take a good look at your floor plan and consider whether your ideas make the most optimal use of the space provided. You should have a very clear understanding of the desired layout and design features prior to beginning the project.
- Apply for the appropriate permits
Do the appropriate research to find what permits that you are required to fill out and be sure to file the paperwork with your local jurisdiction with enough time to spare.
- Notify your neighbors ahead of time
As a form of politeness, you should inform those living around you of your renovation plan, especially if you know that the process will be very noisy and could likely irritate those around you. The optimal times for construction is a start time of about 9:00 am with work concluding each day around 5:00 PM.
- Decide on a budget, but with room for contingency
Prior to beginning your renovation work, have a clear understanding of how much you are willing to spend, in addition to where exactly you want those funds to be allocated. Don’t leave costs open-ended until mid-way through the process or for afterwards. It is important that you clearly understand what the costs are and where exactly your money will be going. If you don’t invest the time in creating a budget, you are likely to overspend by a significant amount because you don’t know what your restrictions are.
- Be aware of the measurements
Pay close attention to the exact measurements of all the furniture and appliances you are purchasing, as you will need to merge the new with the old when your renovation project has officially been completed. It is best that you have easy access to these measurements, so it is a good idea to store them on your phone or laptop.
- Don’t sacrifice quality for cost
Cheap materials and labor may seem like a good choice in the moment, but over time, you will likely regret choosing such, as your one-time choice will have lengthy repercussions. You will have to pay for more repairs because of the low quality of the cheap materials or lesser quality labor that you initially paid for.
- Expect the unexpected
For you to remain as calm as possible, you must always have a Plan B. Renovations rarely ever go smoothly, but if you prepare for layout issues or budget problems, you won’t stress for too long. Be aware that the decisions you make prior to the start of the renovation process will shape the overall process for you. So, don’t be surprised if you run into a problem that you likely encountered in the pre-renovation process but were too lazy or unbothered to pay attention to.
- Choose a contractor with a great reputation
Do the research. Don’t look through newspaper ads or on Craigslist for the cheapest or highest quality contractors. It is your responsibility to do the appropriate research, whether that is sifting through customer reviews or looking for specific certifications. Each contractor has their strengths and weakness, what is important here is that you as a customer are aware of them and believe that your vision could be fulfilled by them.
Have your mind set on what you want to accomplish with this renovation project. Be aware of what your goals for this project are and ensure that they are met. Don’t go into the project expecting to feel some type of way, when you never had a clear idea of what you wanted to begin with.
- Be aware of your restrictions
Prior to beginning your renovation, know what is achievable and what is not. It is important that you don’t jump into something as big as this, with the mindset of accomplishing a huge feat when you don’t have the money nor the clearance to do so. If you live in an apartment building, you may have building restrictions or if your live in a townhouse complex, you may be forced to abide by the lot’s guidelines and or strata regulations.
It is important for prospective renovators to foresee the issues that are likely to plague their project because they are sacrificing so much for this investment of their time and money. Nothing should be gambled during a renovation project. The appropriate measures should always be taken so that homeowners get the best bang for their buck.
If you need help during the renovation process, want to talk shop with experienced plumbing and renovation contractors, or want us to take care of the hard part for you, do not hesitate to give us a call! We’re always here to help.