Home renovations are normally not similar. Different people will want to do different changes to their homes. However, home renovation experts always follow a certain course in order to ensure quality work. Following these steps ensures the renovation works are completed in time as well.
For instance, you wouldn’t want to close the ceiling and paint it, only to remember you needed to check your wiring or plumbing. Having to open up the ceiling again would be very inconveniencing. These are general steps that will work in all sorts of home renovations. You can have them in a checklist, and if any of them does not apply to what you need to work on in the home, you check and move ahead.
Make a Plan and a Budget
You need to decide what you want to work on before the works commence. The set priorities so that you know what needs to be done first. You also need to have a rough figure of how much money you want to spend on the renovations.
Involve Your Insurance Agent
Your insurer insures your home as it currently is. As such, it is important to involve your insurance agent while doing renovations. That will give you room to re-evaluate your insurance coverage to ensure it is suitable for the new house. For instance, if you were to install some safety measures that the house did not have before, it could help lower your insurance premiums.
Contractor Permits and Materials
You’ll then need to bring in a contractor that you trust. Sign contracts with them. The contracts should clearly indicate what has to be done, at what cost, and when it has to be paid for. The contractor will then let you know what permits you need as well as building materials. Keep in mind that building regulations change from time to time and they vary according to location as well. Ensure you can trust your contractor to be up-to-date with such regulations. If not, purpose to check yourself.
Renovation works normally begin with demolition. Framing for any new space, doors or windows should be done first. It’s then time to work on anything that goes behind the walls, above the ceilings, and under the floors. That will include all electrical systems, insulations, heating systems, plumbing, and subfloors. After you are certain that everything in order, it is time to start closing up. The ceilings and walls need to be closed first and painted. That will prevent paint spills on the new floor. Close the floor last and paint it as well. After everything is close up, install cabinets and cups, light fixtures, and other interior decoration pieces.
Having knowledge of these steps can help you inspect the renovation works, and avoid getting duped by contractors. You don’t want your renovations to be completed only for pipes to start leaking when the contractor is gone.