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5 Tips to Consider Before Tackling a Home Renovation Project


Starting a remodeling project can feel overwhelming. It’s exciting to imagine the end result, envisioning a fabulous new bathroom, updated floor layout or a gleaming modern kitchen. Getting to the end, however, can take some patience, savvy and planning. Depending upon the project, you may have to deal with everything from workmen arriving at the break of day or needing to find another place to shower or cook.

However, you can minimize your stress by hiring a contractor with superior project management experience and knowledge of insider tricks. Cavallo Contracting has over 20 years of expertise  and recommends these 5 home renovation tips.


Plan Ahead

Make a plan that clearly defines the goal for your renovation. Your needs and wants for the project should be included in an outline of the work to be completed. Making product selections early can prevent delays later. Proper planning can also help keep you on budget. When you plan ahead, you can quickly adapt when unexpected problems arise.  Most importantly, meet with 2-4 contractors and  hire a remodeling contractor you trust.


Set a Home Renovation Budget

Knowing your budget and working with a licensed contractor, You can determine the costs upfront for your project by knowing your budget and working with a licensed contractor. Your home renovation budget should include; costs for building materials, labor, building permits and decorative finishes. Start by determining the amount you want to spend and then finalize your financing. Remember to reserve at least 10% of your budget for unexpected costs. If your cost estimates exceed your budget, eliminate project elements that are a lower priority.


Make a Home Renovation Timeline

Begin planning by working with your contractor to determine the desired start date. You and your contractor will need to calculate the time needed for each portion of the project. Determine which part of the remodel needs to be completed first and which parts of the project can be completed concurrently. Make sure your renovation timeline allows time for shipping and delivery of materials, as well as time for prepping the project area. The renovation completion date should be set with a few extra days in mind to address unexpected issues.


Remember the Big Picture

When taking on remodeling projects, it's important to remember the big picture. Make sure any home renovations are going to fit into the short and long-term plans of your family. Before choosing a direction for your remodel, consider the implications of the home remodel on your family. You’ll also want to ensure any home renovations will be desirable to future home buyers. Remember to consider every element in your remodeling planning including your wall color, cabinet colors, flooring, and hardware, and how it all ties together. A common remodeling mistake is to choose trendy design for your home. While new designs are worth considering, classic and functional designs will always be in style. Experienced kitchen and bath designers can help you incorporate your favorite styles in a timeless renovation. 


Ongoing Communication

Contractors can do some amazing things, but they can't read minds. Let your contractor know if anything is unsatisfactory or if you have desired changes, so they can remedy  the issue as soon as possible.  The contractor may not be aware that something is awry  if there isn’t open communication.  Cavallo Contracting is dedicated to ensuring the satisfaction of our clients and developing  lifelong customer relationships. 


Before your project begins, you should exchange phone numbers and email with your contractors. Keep in mind that you're probably not the contractor's only client, so calls and emails might not be returned immediately. Be patient and open. 


At Cavallo Contracting we love helping homeowners remodel their homes into spaces they’ll love living in. We’ll:

  • Start with a free in-home consultation to learn about your goals, vision, and budget.
  • We will provide designs and a detailed work plan.
  • Help you choose finishes and gather all needed materials you need for your home remodeling project.
  • Obtain all necessary permits, completing the project on time and on budget.
  • Maintain open communication to ensure we provide the best service to you.

.Call us today.