Finishing Touches: 4 Items to Put on Your Home Renovation List

Finishing Touches: 4 Items to Put on Your Home Renovation List
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    A home renovation project can take as little as a day or as long as a month. Of course, the time of completion depends on what you're doing.

    But no matter how big or small the project is, you always want to address these four renovation aspects before you even start on the project.


Preparing for the project by running through these four things could save a lot of time and money. Besides, a solid checklist helps you prepare for the project and stay abreast of what’s needed and happening as the project goes along.

Consult With a Professional

Whether you’re doing something as simple as residential window tinting or a complete room add-on, you want to first consult with a professional. Talk to your contractor about the project and have them evaluate the home structure and condition before they start.

Analyze the safety of the project and expressed concerns about anything that could happen while they are working.

You might also need to get permits from the city or the building department for the renovation you want to do. Consult with your contractor and talk about any permits you need.

Stabilize the Construction

Consider whether or not your home is structurally sound. Older homes may need to be reinforced before you move on with a complex remodeling project.

You might need underpinning or piling up of the existing foundation. You may even need to insert steel beams to offer more stability.

Consult with your contractor to see if you need to stabilize the structure before committing to an extensive remodeling project. Stabilizing your construction is something that should definitely be done.

Just check with your contractor to see what options you might have available to you. After all, you want the project to go well for all that are involved.

Demolition Work

In older homes, you may need to add a larger kitchen, bathroom, or living area. This remodeling job may require prior demolition work of some spaces of the house. Your contractor should have the needed team and tools to take cabinets out, tear down walls, or open the walls for new windows and doorways.

Ask the contractor to remove the demolition waste before they build onto the project. Most contractors include this process in their price. This is a great idea to think about doing, as it will allow you to have more room for construction than you would if the waste was not moved first.

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Relocate Drains and Plumbing

If the demolition requires it, you may need to do additional drain or plumbing work, especially if you’re moving bathroom fixtures or a sink. This process is also necessary if you remodel laundry areas.

Remember, your contractor will help you through this step. But be sure to keep it on your list so you can consult with them before a mistake is made. After all, this is your project and you want it to go as smoothly as possible.

You can definitely move fixtures and plumbing lines, it will just take some creativity to get it put back together completely. You may have to relocate these sort of things when doing a renovation, so keep this in mind.

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Once you’ve gone over your checklist and made all the necessary corrections you need to, you are ready to start on your remodeling project. Even if your project is small, you should still have this checklist accessible to ensure there are not any other problems or issues with the home.

This will help guide you in your efforts.

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