We hear this a lot, excited new homeowners who are eager to make their new home their dream home, and we get it. We want to give help and are excited to give it to you. But before we start swinging the hammer there’s a few things we want you to consider.
Do you have the finances?
Purchasing a home is a big expense, but we want to make sure that you also have the budget to do the renovation that you want. We want to be able to give you your dreams, but those dreams usually come with a larger budget then most new buyers are wanting to spend and it’s definitely worth taking a moment and thinking the budget through. Maybe we consider doing some of the projects on the wish list and continue with others at a later date.
Living in it.
In some cases, the homes need a full gut and those are easier decisions to makes. Some of the time new homes buyers don’t know what they want, in those cases we suggest living in it for a while. Sometimes when you live in a new space you get to understand it more and figure out what you like and don’t like about it. Maybe you’ll realize that you would prefer a bigger deck over a new kitchen, or a second living space in the unused basement.
Want list vs. the need list
Sometimes it’s good to bring a third party in to see if anything major needs to be fixed. Unfortunately, once you become a home owner the need list becomes more important than the want list and there might be some major needs that your new home has that you don’t realize.
Renovations can end up going over their planned timeline. This can be due to material back orders, scope of work changes during the project or other hiccups in the schedule. Its helpful if you don’t have a definite need to move in at a specific date before you start renovating and if you do it’s important to have some buffer time worked into your construction schedule.
Any time walls need to be moved, your project needs to go through the city permit process. This process ends up adding to the timeline of your project by around 6 months, so it will need to be factored into your timeline when renovating your new home.
If you’ve bought a new home and want to renovate, we’d loved for you to reach out and contact us.
Wherever you are in this process we can help, and with our methods and processes we can help guide you to through a great home renovation.