Planning for home renovations can be overwhelming. Here are our best tips for a smooth home renovation process.

Preparing for Home Renovations: Tips from Contractors

Planning a home renovation project this year? Worried about the permits, paperwork, dust, and other disruptions? That doesn’t surprise us. While home renovations are exciting, they can also be overwhelming. Trying to coordinate work schedules, project timelines, and routines at home, not to mention the clean-up can be a big task.

At Leatherman, we understand that home renovation projects are equal parts fun and stressful. However, taking a few steps before work starts will save you lots of headaches and hassle throughout the process. Here are our team’s best tips for keeping your home (and your sanity) intact during a construction project…


Define Your Renovation Goals

Did you know that, according to the National Association of Realtors, 84% of people who undergo home renovations report wanting to spend more time in their upgraded homes? If feeling better in your home is your motivation for your project, you are not alone. Since the pandemic, home renovations have soared. From DIY to total makeovers, home renovations are on the rise.

When you decide it’s time to get started, take time to clearly define your renovation or construction goals. Do you want to create a space to work at home? Do you want to redefine your family’s shared living spaces? Do you need to add space or storage? Identify the specific areas of your home that need attention, the desired changes you’d like to make, and your overall vision for the project. This clarity will serve as a roadmap for both you and the professionals working on your home and help to serve as a guide during your initial consultations.

Set a Realistic Renovation Budget

Establishing a realistic budget is crucial for any home improvement project. Research the costs associated with materials, labor, permits, and any additional expenses. A good design and construction team will share detailed information on costs and budget before your project gets started. Adding a contingency fund for unexpected issues will help you avoid financial stress as the project progresses.

Research and Select Reliable Contractors

Take the time to research and interview potential contractors or construction firms. Check their credentials, read reviews, and ask for references from previous clients. Choosing experienced and reputable professionals ensures the quality and success of your project.

Obtain Necessary Permits

Many home renovation and construction projects require permits from local authorities. Check with your city or county’s building department to understand the permit requirements for your specific project. Failing to obtain the necessary permits can result in delays and fines.

Communicate Clearly with Contractors

Establish open and clear communication channels with your chosen contractors. Discuss your expectations, timelines, and any specific requirements you may have. Regular communication helps prevent misunderstandings and ensures everyone is on the same page.

Plan for Temporary Living Arrangements

Depending on the scope of your project, you may need to make temporary living arrangements during certain phases of construction. Consider staying with friends or family, renting a temporary residence, or setting up a comfortable living space within your home that is away from the construction zone.

Protect Your Belongings

Prioritize the protection of your belongings during construction. Cover furniture with plastic sheets, move valuable items to a secure location, and consider renting storage space for larger items. Taking these precautions will prevent damage and make the cleanup process more manageable.

Create a Home Renovation Timeline

Work with your contractors to create a realistic timeline for the project. Factor in potential delays due to weather, unforeseen issues, or changes in plans. Having a well-defined timeline helps everyone stay accountable and ensures the project progresses smoothly.

Stay Flexible

Despite careful planning, unexpected challenges can happen. During the construction process, stay flexible and be prepared to make adjustments when necessary. Clear communication with your contractors will help address issues quickly and keep the project on track.

Conduct a Final Inspection

Before considering the project complete, conduct a final inspection with your contractors. Ensure that the work meets your expectations and address any remaining concerns or touch-ups. Once satisfied, you can get reacquainted and enjoy your newly renovated home.

When your mission is to build a better home, or renovate a living space with quality cabinets, countertops, doors, or windows, you need the best people driving your vision forward. You need Leatherman Supply. Start your project with the Pros here.