Home renovation is a complex and difficult process, but it can be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience too. The key to having a positive experience with your remodeling project is organization. Work closely with your contractor so that you can create an efficient process and set priorities.
Stratum Structural Systems, one of the top basement repair contractors in the area, shares a few tips on how to prioritize tasks in a home renovation project.
1. Design and Planning
Make sure your goals for the renovation project are clear. Write them down and be as detailed as you can. Together with your contractor, plan the entire process from the first step to the last. This will help you avoid mistakes and ensure your budget is enough to cover all the expenses. Find out if permits will be necessary and apply for them on time.
2. Foundation, Roofing, Siding, Windows, Water Issues
Start with large projects such as foundation repair, roof replacement, siding installation or repair and window replacement. Make sure to fix any water infiltration issues you may have. All of these can affect the subsequent projects you’ll be working on, so you should start by securing the foundation and repairing or replacing your roof, windows and siding.
Afterward, consider if certain areas in your home will have to be demolished or if you’ll be constructing new walls, installing new doors or adding beams.
3. Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC Ductwork
The best time to do the ductwork is when the walls and ceiling are open. If you’re running new electrical and plumbing systems, this is typically the time when inspectors will visit.
Lay the insulation in your walls and ceiling. Take note that insulation typically goes fast so your drywall contractor should be ready soon after this. Your electrical inspector will likely do a second inspection before giving the go-ahead to close the walls.
Once the walls are done, you can install replacement windows and focus on finishing touches like trim, molding, and interior painting. You can work on your flooring and your home’s exterior next.
5. Major Auxiliary Building
Any building detached from your home, such as additions and swimming pools, should go last.