home reno

When and How to Plan Your Renovations

“I don’t want my house to look like a construction zone for the next year.”

That’s one popular comment I hear from homebuyers who may be eyeing up a home that requires some work. Depending on the amount needed and the initial intent of the home – and by that I mean, a lease is up and you have nowhere else to stay – it’s a very reasonable consideration.

When it comes to kicking off renovations or even small changes to the home, it’s best to ask yourself, “Should we do it in pieces, or all at once?”

There are obvious factors to consider with this, funding for the projects likely being the biggest one. Another would be the type of work being done. Is it a floor remodel? Then perhaps you try and plan that one out before you move in. Something like that will only get harder over time as you settle in with furniture. It will either go to the backburner for years, or pose as a massive disturbance to your living arrangements down the line. My wife and I had the option to get our floors re-stained before we moved in. Timing was definitely in our favor, as we each had leases ending at our respective apartments, so the decision to go through with that was an easy one.

Bath remodels can also be tough, especially if that bathroom is the only one with a shower. Again, if this is something you can knock out before moving in, all the better. This very thing happened to my wife and I when we first purchased our home. The bathroom remodel was being done while we were living there and, since it was our only full bath, we would drive less than 2 miles down the road to her old apartment (lease ended at the end of the month) to take a shower. Sure, it was insanely inconvenient, but without that apartment I’m not entirely sure how we’d have managed to get that work done.

Case in point – how many projects you take on and the severity of the work done on your home is entirely up to you. When it comes to prioritizing, try and organize them based on the level of inconvenience it will pose once you’re moved in. If you can take care of those before your house becomes a home, you’ll thank yourself later.