In my previous blog post, I explained that your first step in a home renovation project is finding your service professionals. Even if you discovered that you wanted to complete the job yourself, you still need to complete this next step: creating a home renovation organizing plan.
Any home renovation organizing plan is going to include a time line that contains when your service professional (or you) will begin the project, an estimate for how long the project will take, and a list of preparations that need to get done before any work begins.
One thing you should look into early on (if your contractor is not taking care of it) is whether or not you will need building permits. My town’s Inspection Services Department warns that it can take up to 4 weeks for approval during the busy season so it would behoove you to get this done first.
The next thing you may want to think about is how are you going to move furniture or items out of the future work area.
- Will you recruit help or hire movers?
- If you are moving appliances, will you need to hire a plumber or electrician to assist with unhooking the unit (think gas stoves, water heaters, refrigerators that have water/ice dispensers, etc.)?
- Do you want to store items in another room, onsite in a storage pod, or offsite at a storage facility?
- If you decide to rent a storage pod or a unit offsite, rent the space for a month longer than you think you will need it. I quickly learned that contractors do not always show up on the exact dates they originally provide you with due to unforeseen issues on other projects they are working on. Expect some delays to occur and work that into your plan so that you are not caught by surprise.
- Plan to have everything moved out of the space several days before work begins; this provides you with some leeway if it takes longer than you estimated to move all the stuff.
- Use this time as an opportunity to purge any items that are unused or unwanted. Donate or sell what is in good condition and throw out the broken stuff. We used our basement renovation to get rid of quite a few things and it was wonderful to take advantage of the dumpster we needed to have onsite for our project.