Always Plan Ahead


How To Avoid Awkward Home Improvement Difficulties

Graeme Foster 4-04-2012


Why should we always plan ahead? Well, Home improvement projects can easily develop into huge headaches for the unprepared home-owner.  

There are some easy steps you can contemplate during the first stages of any such project to minimize the difficulties it could cause you.

 Implementation of these steps should ensure a trouble free home project.


 As with so many things in life, good planning is important to the successful completion of your home improvement project.

 So searching for Home Improvement Money Saving Tips can help in the planning process.

 It is always great to see a good plan come together.



  • Planning - The first thing you need to do when you're considering any home improvement project is to get a good mental picture of what it will entail.


To achieve this it is important to :-


    • Have a step-by-step plan that clearly describes how to complete your project.
    • If it takes more than one sentence to describe a step, you need to simplify it further.
    • Write this plan down.
    • Include any notes that you made while preparing it.
    • This blueprint can help you to describe your project to contractors
    • Notes help to jog your memory once work is taking place!


  • Contractors - Speaking of Home Improvement Contractors, you need to make an honest estimate of your own home improvement resources and decide if you will need to get some help from professionals.

    • You should factor in your own skills.

    • The amount of time you have available.

    • The amount of money you have in your budget for this project.

    • Always plan ahead.

    • Even a simple project can still be too time-intensive for you to handle yourself.

    • If you decide that you need a contractor, take time to research those available.

    • You want to deal with a reliable professional, so ensure that anyone you hire is:-

      • Licensed,

      • Insured,

      • Well-recommended by other house-holders.


  • Legal Issues - While you are still in the planning stage of your home improvement project, remember to research all of the legal issues.

    • Many home improvements require building permits from your local government.

    • At the least, some kind of design review process.

    • Plumbing or electrical work that involves more than replacing fixtures and fittings will usually require inspection by approved contractors.

    • Any enclosed addition to your home will almost certainly require a permit.

    • Outdoor renovations, such as pools and decks, may require approval from the city or from (if you have one) your neighbourhood home-owner's association.


  • Relocation - If your project is likely to take a while to complete, it might be a good idea to consider relocating your family while work proceeds.

    • As you can imagine, living on a building site is tremendously inconvenient.

    • Your presence is going to slow down contractors and other professionals involved in the work on your house.

    • Always plan ahead as the expense and inconvenience involved in moving out of your house will be well worth it if your project proceeds quickly and smoothly.
    • You may need to get some help in this relocation process so planning well ahead is important. 


  • Flexibility- You need to keep as much flexibility in your schedule as possible when it comes to home improvements.

    • The bigger the project is, the more likely it is to fall behind schedule.

    • A major project is always a delicate balance involving the services of the many different professionals contractors.

    • Even modest projects can uncover issues that are impossible to plan for.

    • It is better to over estimate how long your project will take, than under estimate.

    • Add 10 to 25 percent to any construction schedule to account for un-planned developments.


If you invest time to make these sorts of preparations before you begin your home improvement project, it is much more likely to go as smoothly as possible.

 Ideally, you'll never know just how much trouble you've avoided by planning ahead. Completing a home improvement project always creates a feel good attitude, but you'll find it feels especially satisfying if you've bypassed the potential problems along the way.



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