Renovation projects range in size from a single closet to an entire house. They might take an hour, or they might take weeks. Before you dive in headfirst, you need to plan ahead and know what you’re getting yourself into.
How Much it Will Cost
Make sure you have a proper understanding of the project as a whole. Do the research required to know exactly how much of each material you will need. This will likely require quite a bit of time, and some in-depth investigation far beyond that of a google search or two. After all, you need to know the materials that are generally available. You need to know the common and popular options for aesthetic choices relating to your remodel. After you know exactly what you want it to look like, and how much of which materials you will need, you can begin to check prices at local hardware and department stores.
How Long it Will Take
The problem with this one is that it’s going to vary for pretty much everybody. The length of the project not only depends on how much labor you have available, and how skilled that labor is, but it also depends on smooth circumstances beyond your control. If a financial or logistical emergency occurred mid-project, you would have to abandon it. That being said – it’s still best to try and calculate ahead of time how long it will take, so at the very least you can be generally prepared. If you’re hiring a professional crew to do the remodel, ask for a time estimate. If you’re the only one involved, try to be more flexible if you’re inexperienced. DIY remodels can be time-consuming and require tools and skills you may not have.
How it Will Turn Out (More or Less)
You can never be entirely sure how a project will end up – you’ve just got to try your absolute best and hope for a result that at least somewhat matches your vision. That’s why this step should be done before any of the others: you need to have a vision of some kind before you go about calculating, planning, and shopping. The internet, with Pinterest and dozens of DIY blogs, is an extremely helpful tool for this.
Renovation can be tricky – there’s no doubt about that. That’s why good preparation and thorough research will be your greatest tools. If you put in the effort required and spend the necessary time to help the project yield what it deserves, it will turn out great no matter what.