If you’re planning a major renovation to multiple rooms in your room, then you’ll have to consider many factors before construction begins. Using a budget as a guide, you should determine your needs and what sorts of materials will suit your unique sense of style for the space. Consider how the layout of one room will affect the flow in another.

Home renovations are a great way to increase your quality of life and boost the value of your home, but they have to be done right. In this article, the home renovation professionals at Odima Construction will run down the ultimate house renovation checklist to help you in your planning. And if you ever feel overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Odima team. We’re always happy to provide first-rate customer service to any inquiries.

Here’s a detailed, step-by-step checklist for your home renovation needs.

Pre-planning stage

I want to renovate my house where do I start? The pre-planning stage is the point where some of the most important work is done in planning your home renovations. Decide which rooms you want to renovate. Think deeply about what you want to achieve with these renovations, ranking your most desired to least desired features (this will come in handy later when you’re developing a budget).

Envision your current lifestyle and how that might change in the years to come. This will help you draw up a more accurate representation of what you hope to accomplish with this renovation project.

Establish a timeline

This is one of the most important steps to renovating a house. When would you like to start building your home and how long do you expect it to take? Do you need to temporarily leave your home during construction?

It’s important to know this so you can budget how much you’ll need to rent an apartment or another home for your family during the build. Knowing your timeline will also help determine when your future contractor may need to purchase specific supplies and materials.

Hiring professionals and getting permits

When tackling any major home renovation it’s important to ensure that you’re teaming up with experienced professionals who have the references to back up claims about quality of work. Interview multiple contractors, ask to speak with former clients and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions.

At the end of the day, you have to find the right person to work with. The contractor you choose should connect you with a designer who will make 2D or 3D renderings of your renovation plans. Before construction begins, they should obtain the necessary permits for your home renovation.

Create a budget

Next up on your home remodel checklist: It’s time to determine your budget. The budget will dictate what amenities and features of the renovation you can afford, as well as the type of materials you can use.

For example, high-end materials like granite countertops and luxury appliances can significantly add to your budget. A budget forces you to prioritize the essential components of the renovation as well as what’s most important to you.

To prevent financial difficulties, it’s highly recommended to stick to your budget. Experts also advise adding an extra 10-20% to your existing budget as a contingency for unexpected challenges that may rise.

Room-by-room renovation plan

This is an exciting part of the home renovation process. You get to carefully analyze each space and decide whether your main goal is to improve the look or functionality of the space — or possibly both. Think about room flow and how everything will connect throughout your home. If there are rooms that are worse off than others, prioritize your time and money to get that project completed first.

Pick your desired colour palette and look online for design inspiration. As you work with your contractor to plan the renovation, try to group certain tasks together to increase efficiency, such as getting all the painting or all the flooring done at once if possible.

Getting materials

Selecting and ordering construction materials in advance is extremely important due to potential supply chain delays.

Planning ahead and securing materials (i.e. lumber, sheetrock, tiles, etc.) early helps prevent disruptions and keep construction projects on track. By being proactive and preparing in advance, projects can avoid costly delays and ensure timely completion.

Demolition and construction

Next on the house renovation checklist: You’ve completed all the prep work and now it’s time to start bringing that renovation dream to life. The demolition process can be messy, so it’s important to make sure that you’ve sealed off rooms or protected furniture and fixtures that aren’t part of the renovation process, protecting them from dust and debris. Once the construction process starts, you should make regular visits if you’re living off-site, just so you can ensure that everything is being completed to your desired specifications.

Prior to construction, we suggest creating a payment schedule with your contractor to minimize delays. Payment schedules are crucial to follow so each phase of construction can be achieved in a timely manner.

Final touches and inspection

Once the main construction is complete, it’s time for the finishing touches including appliances, accessories, light fixtures, and window coverings. Take a careful look through the space to make sure nothing is missed.

Your contractor should also schedule a final inspection with the relevant authorities to look at the plumbing, electrical, and structural components of the project. That’s why following every step on the home renovation checklist is so important.

Ready to create your renovation checklist?

Renovating your home can be a daunting task but it’s no big deal when you have experienced professional home builders like the ones at Odima Construction on your side.

Contact us to book your free consultation and let’s get started.