How to Create a Remodeling Checklist

Remodeling is all the buzz these days. With the pandemic, home centers, garden centers, building supply retailers, and hardware stores saw a 22.6 increase in sales in 2020.

Are you contemplating a home renovation? Wondering how to get started? First, it’s time to create a remodeling checklist to help you get started.

Here’s how to create the perfect home remodel checklist.

Create a Want List

As you start planning, you need to determine your wants versus your needs. This way if you have to make cuts you know where to start. It helps you define your priorities and determine what can wait.

Start your research and look for some remodeling tips. Keep all your ideas together to show your contractor.

Determine Budget

As you work on your checklist, you need to determine your budget. You should have your budget in place before you meet with your contractor. This way you can set the tone ahead of time and start from the same page.

You should have a maximum that you are willing to spend. The various costs of a remodel can be a lot different than you think. The toughest thing to budget for is labor.

Also, as you break it down, you want to have a contingency of at least 10-20 percent to give you a safety net. If you don’t need these funds, you can spend this on whatever you want.

Hire a Contractor

After you have some of these items ready, it’s time to find the best contractor for your renovation. You want someone that is:

  • Experienced with your project
  • Licensed and insured
  • Willing to get all the necessary permits

You should also do your research online for reviews and ask around. Ask to see photos of their work.

You’ll also want to get a payment schedule. A reputable contractor will not ask for the full amount upfront. It’s best to set a schedule before the project begins.

You should also get at least two or three estimates to make sure you are getting a fair price.

Establish a Timeline

Now you need to consult your calendar. What is your timeline for this renovation? Do you have a date in mind that you need everything done?

If so, you will need to start working with your contractor to determine the timeline to finish in time. Be sure you are realistic with the timeframe but have concrete dates for smaller tasks to finish the entire project on time.

Start Preparing for Renovation

As you get ready to start the project, now you have to make plans for the renovation. If you are doing a living room remodel, your living room remodeling checklist should include what to do with all your furniture during the project.

You should start packing up about one to two weeks before your project start date. This means you may need to rent a temporary storage unit or move items in the garage or basement.

If you are remodeling your kitchen, make sure you have ideas on how to cook and store food on your kitchen remodel checklist.

You will also have to find ways to cover and protect area rooms and their contents.

For entire home renovations, you may want to move out temporarily.

Create Your Remodeling Checklist Today

Remodeling is a big project, so you want to make sure you give yourself plenty of time to plan. Create a remodeling checklist that includes your ideas, needs, budget, timeframe, and preparations.

If you are looking for more advice for your renovation, check out our home section for more ideas.