Easy Home Renovation Management

Are you looking for an easy home renovation management checklist? I have everything you need here to effectively plan a home remodel.

Home Renovations – Where Do You Start?

More and more homeowners are opting to update their homes and/or need more creative spaces for home offices and even Covid babies! We are currently in the process of remodeling our laundry room. I need a new washer and dryer and I’m opting for a top load which means a complete reconfiguration of our space (my current laundry room has stacked front loaders).

There isn’t a wall that’s original to our home. We have renovated every square inch. Some rooms have been renovated more than once. I’m going to break it down for you with some easy home renovation management tips and a convenient checklist. Whether you’re tackling one room or a whole house, the process is pretty much the same.

Start with a Plan

  • What room(s) and/or spaces are you remodeling
    • Why are you remodeling
      • Do you just want a style update
      • Do you need the space to function differently
      • Are you adding more square footage to your home
  • Look for inspiration. I use Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram, Magazines and Decorating Books
    • You can use the Canva App to make a vision board for projects but you can also use Pinterest to create vision boards. Sharing your Pinterest board with your Contractor, Architect, and/or Designer can help them to understand your dreams.

Set a Budget

  • Determine how you will be paying for the project
    • Paying with cash, taking out a loan or applying for credit.
  • The scope of your project will be determined by the amount of your funds
    • Set aside 10% – 15% of your total budget for overages or add-ons. If you have an old home, you might want to have an even larger buffer. There are things that are behind the walls in an old home that you just can’t forsee.
    • If you renovation project is going to necessitate you moving out of your home or being without a kitchen for any period of time, don’t forget to budget for those expenses.
  • Create a Budget Outline
    • Templates are available in my FREE Resource Library – Get them by sharing your email address with Living Large in A Small House.
    • You can use resources like HomeAdvisor to estimate labor costs in your area.
a mood board for a laundry room renovation which is part of an easy home renovation management

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Renovation Budgeting Tip

You shouldn’t spend more than 10% – 15% of your home value on any single room. You don’t want your home to be valued higher than the other homes in your neighborhood.

Next Steps in Your Renovating Planning

Check with your city or town and find out what kind of permits you need. Because we live on water, for some projects we need to not only have permits from our village but also from the Army Corp of Engineers. There are many things that we absolutely can’t do so before we spend any money, we check all that out first. One call to our village clerk can pretty much answer questions about what we can and cannot do.

Get quotes so you can decide on your Contractor. Because I have a very “Handy” husband, we have only used a Contractor for two of our projects and both included architectural plans and major structural changes. When we added 300 square feet to our second floor, it required taking off a portion of our roof and adding a dormer. When we renovated our exterior 5 years ago, we added a front porch, a new roof, new windows and doors, and new siding. It was a project that was outside the scope of anything “Handy” could accomplish on his own.

Finished kitchen white cabinets with black honed granite countertops, island with black cabinets and white quartz countertop

While I have a degree in Interior Design and “Handy” is a hobby craftsman, we paid a kitchen designer to look at my plans for my kitchen. Our kitchen was a very large investment so I’m glad that we had a second set of eyes on it. He didn’t change much but the changes he suggested added a lot more storage to my space.

If you’re able to handle some of the remodelings then you may just need to line up subcontractors. (Plumber, Electrician, etc).

Ordering your Renovating Materials

Part of easy home renovation management is the order of materials. This picture is of building materials in the driveway

This is the area where you may need to make some compromises. Currently, your decisions for products may depend on availability if you have a tight time frame. You may also need to compromise because of prices. For instance, you can purchase a stove for as low as $400 and well over $20,000. Yes, that’s a fact.

Here is where prioritizing comes into your decisions. What things are most important to you and what are you willing to compromise on. While some folks might not have to give up any of their dreams, I’m willing to bet that most of us do.

How Long does a Home Renovation Take

Again, in the current climate, it’s hard to predict what your timeline will look like but you can form one based on the information that you’ve been given. Know that construction almost always runs longer than your projected timeline. There is so much that you can’t control. Labor availability, material, and product availability are the first line of potential problems. Weather can be a factor if it’s an outdoor project

Here’s what your planning timeline should look like for a renovation

  • Hiring Contractors and or Sub-Contractors
  • Hiring Architect or Designer, if necessary
  • Apply for Permits
  • Schedule Inspections
  • Order Materials, Fixtures, Supplies
  • Schedule demolition based on labor availability and expected delivery of materials
  • Framing
  • Then come the electricians,plumbers and HVAC, if necessary for the job
  • Insulation & Drywall
  • Interior Finishes
  • Painting
  • Flooring
  • Fixtures/Appliances
  • Landscaping/Interior Design
  • Final Inspections
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6 Comments

  1. This is a great resource Lynn! I’ve pinned it for the future plans I have for our home! Don’t tell my hubby!!

    1. We always have something going on here. We are half way through demoing the laundry room and I’m already working on another project (in my mind)

  2. Great post. It’s unbelievable how much you have done to your home. It’s gorgeous!

    1. Thank Renae – We have done a lot. I would have rather moved and worked on other homes but there is no budging “Handy”

  3. I love reading about other people’s renovations (instead of just telling everybody about mine). I’m planning a second laundry reno for the exact opposite reason as you, lol!

    1. That is so funny that you are doing a laundry reno too! The plumber came yesterday to look at everything again now that it’s mostly demoed. He, unfortunately, can’t start for a few weeks so we are at a standstill.

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