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5 Things to Consider When Planning Your Next Renovation

When you're planning a renovation for your home, we're got a few tips for you to consider.

1. Prioritize your wants and needs.

In the world of home magazines, HGTV, Pinterest and more, it's easy to see all the beautiful things and want to make ALL the changes. But that might not be what's best for your space, the way you live, or your budget. Think about the things that are least functional about the space and how you use it, and prioritize the changes based on what's going to make the biggest impact for you, your family and your use of the space.

2. Deal with major issues first.

It's very easy to see a beautiful set of appliances or gorgeous countertops and backsplash and immediately want to have those in your kitchen. But, if you have plumbing, electrical, or other major issues going on, those HAVE to be dealt with before you can add the pretty countertops.

3. Plan for the renovation to take longer than you think.

Once the countertops are ripped out, the painters are working, and you don't have a kitchen sink or appliance, you realize that renovations are not glamorous, especially if you're living at home during the reno. Days can seem like weeks when you can't cook in your home and you're washing dishes in a bathtub. Make sure that you tell yourself it's going to take longer than you think to complete the renovation. This simple trick can help you avoid a lot of unnecessary frustration along the way. And remember, it's going to be SO worth is when it's all said and done.

4. A little prep can go a long way.

There may be things in your space that you already know need to be done in the space you're hoping to renovate. But if you know what some of the issues are, and they're things you can tackle before you start a major renovation, that can save some time and effort during the renovation process. For example, if you know you've got a leaky pipe, get that fixed! It will keep you from incurring further damage to your house, and will be one less thing for your renovation team to complete.

5. Set a realistic budget.

We hate to break this to you, but home renovation shows don't show you the total cost involved in what they do. They may not be including all of the labor costs or material costs to get the job done. Make sure you do your homework and budget for your renovation appropriately. If you can't afford the renovation you really want, consider waiting a little longer to allow time to save or altering you idea of what the completed room should look like. There might be some things you could DIY or some less expensive materials you could use to help you achieve the look for less.

We hope these tips help you, and remember that Dove Properties provides free estimates, so give us a call! We'll be happy to help you think through and plan out your next renovation!

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