Tips to Narrow Down Your Renovation Wish List

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It can be tough coming up with one or two priority projects when renovating your home. After all, there are probably many things you would like to do! But we only have so much time and money to do them. This is why it’s necessary to pare down your renovation wish list so you don’t bite off more than you can chew.

You’ll have to be realistic about your must-haves and action items, offset by your “wants.” Here are some tips on how to narrow down your renovation wish list. Your Boston renovation contractor can also provide guidance and advice on what to tackle first.

1.    Establish a Budget

First you have to come up with a clear, realistic budget range for your renovation. The word “range” is key here. Start with a lower range and then move to a higher range. The lower range should be less than what you could realistically spend, with the higher range pushing the limits – a number you are prepared to hit if you had to but that you would prefer not to.  

Give your contractor the lower number, as that number will likely end up being higher due to custom requests, delays and material increases. Always add a buffer so there are no surprises in the end.

2.    Start With Your Must-Haves

Write down your full wish list and divide it into three main categories: Needed Repairs, Must-Haves, Wants.

Needed Repairs are projects you have been putting off for quite some time and that you really should address sooner than later. These projects include upgrading an old and inefficient heating or cooling system, or a decrepit deck with a section that’s starting to rot.

Your Must-Haves should include projects that prompted you to take on the renovation in the first place, such as a sunroom addition, master bedroom bump-out or bathroom remodel.

And finally, Wants are projects or features that you would love to have but don’t necessarily need. This would kick in only after the main projects have been considered, and only if you have money left over. These can include upgrades to flooring and countertops, heated flooring in the bathroom, or upgrading all kitchen appliances to stainless steel rather than just the one that needs replacement.

3.    Focus on Most-Used Rooms

It’s important to get the most value out of your investment. Focus on the areas that really need renovating and that get the most use by the most people. These rooms tend to be bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms and master suites – anything that you use on the daily. For example, you wouldn’t put a priority on a teenager’s bedroom who will be leaving for college next year. Other low-priority areas include formal dining rooms, bonus or game rooms, and secondary bedrooms.

4.    Meet with a Builder Early

Now that you have narrowed down your renovation wish list, settle on a trusted custom builder in Dorchester that can help you make all your plans a reality.

For that, get in touch with AD Construction – your local source for all renovations and home improvements throughout Boston. Call today at 877-345-BUILD.

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