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July 21, 2021

Whether you just bought a place that needs some love or you are starting on a long-awaited makeover, home remodelling is a big deal. You want to revamp it to suit your needs and do so in an organized manner. The best way to do this is to create a renovation checklist.

Why is a renovation checklist important?

Having this checklist is vital, no matter the project’s size. A proper checklist can assist in renovation preparations. Moreover, it stays up-to-date on what is happening, what is next, and what you should expect later on. With that said, if you want to know difference between renovation costs and construction costs, check out our article Cost of Renovation vs. New Commercial Construction. Additionally, though its focus is on retail, Retail Renovation Cost Per Square Foot will give you an idea on the costs per square foot.

1 – Planning your designs

Every adventure starts with motivation, as well as a map. You should consider why you want to execute this renovation. Is it a necessary repair or a room update? Is it to improve accessibility? Or perhaps is it just for fun? After settling on the purpose, you can start to plan on how to get there.

It could be a rough sketch on a napkin or full architectural plans. Additionally, it could be just a set of thoughts regarding the remodelling process. It is more economical and less frustrating to correct mistakes prior to the remodel taking physical form. Make sure that you have funding for the renovation.

2 – Consult an expert

You should talk to a professional contractor about your project. Furthermore, you should get them to assess the structure and condition of your home. Are there any safety issues? What items require a permit? Use someone local who has plenty of experience. That way, they know your area’s exact processes.

You might need several permissions from the city or county building department. Additionally, you may need post-project inspections to make sure that you are up to code.

3 – Arranging site access

For this step in your renovation checklist, you need to ask yourself some questions:

  • How will your construction team access the space they are renovating?
  • How will the large machinery and construction tools enter your property?
  • Will you need to widen a doorway or remove a fence to accommodate them?

You need to obtain more information about the tools from your contractor. Moreover, you need to understand how these tools will be used in your renovation project.

4 – Demolition

Your trade contractors must have the manpower and the right tools when working on demolition. This includes tearing down walls, removing old cabinets, and opening new doors or windows. Furthermore, you should have contractors remove any bulk waste.

5 – Drain and plumbing relocation

You may need to conduct plumbing or drain relocation when moving a sink, toilet, or tub. Likewise, if you are adding new ones. This is also essential if your laundry area is undergoing additions or renovations. Take comfort in the fact that you don’t have to do this alone when you employ a full-service remodelling company.

6 – Major and minor steps in your renovation checklist

Next on your renovation checklist is the big stuff. This includes applying the structure of the new addition and moving the walls and doorways. Additionally, there is window installation and putting in large items. Islands, cabinets, vanities, you name it. It is imperative that you clearly communicate with your contractor during this step. The placement and structure of these items are important to how your home will look.

Up next are minor projects like adding in the new tile and appliance installation. Moreover, there is wall painting and incorporating aesthetic updates. Be clear to your contractors about the placement and construction of these new additions. Thanks to clear communication prior to the installations starting, you will see your new interior gradually come to life.

Final steps in the renovation checklist

When all is said and done, you will perform a final walk-through of the space. Doing this will allow you to make sure that everything is to your liking. In addition, you should make a final punch list of items, such as paint touch-ups or other minor changes. From there, your contractors will begin the final repairs.

As soon as all the projects reach completion, you should dry the home (or room) out. This is especially crucial if you have repainted, re-stained, or added tile, grout, or cement. Lastly, open a few windows and let the area dry out for a day or two before using it. And voila, your renovation is complete, as is your renovation checklist!

If you need assistance in going through your checklist, contact our Calgary construction location for our various services.