Sometimes, getting started can be the hardest part of a project. Follow our guide to plan your steps for a stress-free home refresh or remodel.
Gather ideas and inspiration. Cut pictures from magazines, browse home improvement projects online and consult with designers or friends with vision.
Measure your space and sketch a floorplan, then double-check your measurements.
Set a realistic budget. Find pricing information from local stores or request and collect quotes from contractors. Add or subtract items and projects on your wish list accordingly.
When setting your timeline, consider the desired completion date. Work backwards from that date, considering shipping times on special order items and inspections, to know how much time should be devoted to each piece of our refresh or remodel. You may also want to build additional time in each step for unplanned or unexpected delays.
Visit your local building office information on building codes. Apply for your building permit if the project requires one. And find out if you will need your work inspected by a professional. It's a good idea to get the names and numbers of inspectors in your area now and make your appointment early.
Should your project require digging, before beginning any excavation, check for underground utilities. Call the North America One Call Referral Service at 1-888-258-0808 (or just dial 811) for a national directory of utility companies.
Look through your list of projects and decide which pieces you'll hire others to complete and which you'll tackle yourself with help. Reach out to anyone you're asking for help to put work dates on their calendar.
Make sure that you have the tools and materials you need to complete the job. Double-check the tools are operational and buy anything that's missing or broken. This includes scheduling any rentals necessary, including trash receptacles.
Your particular project will determine the steps and tasks you will complete. Obviously a room refresh doesn't require electrical work, so skip the steps not in your project. Our step-by-step guide offers a framework for easier project completion.
You've taken your room down to the studs. The first step in reconstruction is managing what's behind the walls.
Rough plumbing, wiring and HVAC happen before insulation. If your work must be inspected, hold off on installing insulation before you continue to make the work easier for your inspector.
Install or prep the subfloor. For more detailed information, watch Prepping a Plywood Subfloor.
Install and connect appliances.