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Let’s be clear, a successful home renovation won’t be possible without proper management. However, this particular project is closely attached to your life and hopes for your home. You will be emotionally bound to the project for some time, so you should try treating it like any other project and use project management tactics to reduce the likelihood of emotional mistakes. Following these home renovation project management tips will ensure you have the best possible outcome. 

What Are the Most Important Things to Keep in Mind?

There are three very important things that you should always be on top of. They are:

  • Staying within a specific budget
  • Staying within an arranged timeframe
  • And ensuring the best possible quality

Task Lists Are Your Friends

Recognize that – just like any project you take on – a home renovation has a number of necessary tasks. Some of those tasks will be dependent or linear, meaning you can’t start the next task until the first one is done. For example, you can’t install a sink if you don’t have the countertop installed. Other tasks can be done in parallel. Remember that each task must have an allotted time period that is realistic enough to be achieved.  

Time Is Money

In order to keep your project on time (don’t worry, we will talk about pricing later), you need to understand the timeline and that keeping to the timeline is highly dependent on having the needed materials on site and on time. (A common mistake that home renovators make is that they wait until the last minute to choose and order materials, and then the delivery takes much longer than they anticipated, pushing back the entire project’s timeline.)

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Scheduling Labour

Now that you know there are a lot of tasks in your project and that you must do everything you can to keep everything on time, you need to have the right workforce available on the date any given task is supposed to start. Pay attention to the fact that many of those tasks require subcontractors (think electricians, plumbers, masons). If these subcontractors are not committed to your dates, the project will be delayed. Subs sometimes double-book themselves because they don’t know if you will really need them at the time your schedule dictates. If you can make sure to always have the materials ready and arrange to have the subs available and on time, you are more than halfway there.

Are you planning a full home remodel? See our ultimate guide on home improvement.

How to Get the Best Work on Your Renovation

Now let’s talk quality of work. Quality is dependent on the individual professional and his or her skill set, so ask for referrals from people you trust, check references, and try to see examples of his or her work firsthand if possible. Anyone offering labor really cheap will likely result in lower quality work on your renovation. Contractors are professionals and are often certified, so don’t skimp on your labor costs.

There will be surprises, so build a cushion. Assign “redo” time into your timeline, especially for those tasks that are artsy or refined such as dealing with tiles, marble slabs, trim, and paint. If you build a 20% cushion for the work, you can avoid costly delays when your timeline is held up.

How to Avoid Dreaded Price Changes

Let’s talk price. There are some basic reasons for price changes:

  1. Changes to the timeline: See above. Any delay will cost you in the end.
  2. Change of vision and/or taste. This is one the most prominent reasons for price changes. As we start to build, we start to dream more and our vision becomes more clear. Unfortunately that often leads to us wanting to buy different materials from the original list, which are often more expensive because it’s our dreams that are now talking, not our pockets. In some cases, we start to want to make our space more unique so you not only need more expensive material but you also need more specialized (more expensive) labor to do it. The best advice is to always keep a specific budget aside for the project, and commit to sticking to it if you are the dreamy kind.
  3. Not understanding the real cost of your materials. Some contractors underprice materials and give you a low allowance, not realizing that your tastes may far exceed that allowance. A common case is flooring. If you were dreaming of that shiny wood flooring, check its price and ensure that it is within range of the allowance provided to you by your contractor to avoid surprises. Catching these kinds of issues earlier rather than later will save you a lot of potential pain (in your wallet) and conflict (with your contractor).

Easy to Use, Cutting Edge Help Is Available Right Now

Kukun’s bidding system is built to help homeowners and contractors work together to better control time and money. When you accurately scope your project (using our Create a Quote Request) or estimate the cost (using our handy Estimation tool) before creating the scope, you help structure your project. Contractors can then use Kukun’s online system that structures their responses into four categories:

1. material needed, room by room and cost

2. time for each task and material needed at the beginning of each task

3. the cost of labor

4. cost and time needed for each subcontract.

You will receive multiple bids, using the same language and the same units of measurement so you can compare apples to apples.

We will automatically create a renovation schedule to load onto your calendar once you have selected the Pros. You will be sent reminders to keep the project on track, make timely decisions, and buy what is needed when it is needed.

Kukun makes the home renovation process transparent, easy to understand, and controllable. Check it out for yourself today, and save yourself a lot of time, effort, and money. With our help, you can finally make your house the home you’ve always dreamed of.  

Do’s and Dont’s of Home Renovation Project Management was last modified: June 18th, 2020 by Raf Howery
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Tim Yaotome
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Tim Yaotome

Thanks for the three main points of managing home renovation: staying in budget, staying within a timeframe, and ensure the best quality. Speaking of quality, one way to achieve that is by getting remodeling materials that are of high quality too. Doing so will not only improve the value of one’s home but also extend its life as well.

Yoshiko Flora
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Yoshiko Flora

I find it awesome that you mentioned that one should stick to one’s timeline no matter what for a home renovation project in order to avoid wasting time and money on it. Speaking of renovations, my mother wants to renovate her bedroom since she feels colder even if the heater is on. She says she wants a decorative door for it, so I will find one immediately for her so that her renovation will finish before winter sets in and help her sleep better at the same time.

Joy Butler
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Joy Butler

I have been wanting to remodel my home. I think it’s so important to make sure you avoid those price changes by keeping in touch with your professionals. I will have to be mindful of that as I start to remodel my place.

Derek Dewitt
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Derek Dewitt

I want to renovate my home this spring so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about choosing contractor that are certified so you can expect high quality work. I’ll be sure to ask about their training and experience so I can get the results I want.

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aslam and sons construction Inc.

This first thing that comes to mind during all home improvement work is the cost. Home improvement can be very costly, especially in a city that is famous for its high prices. It goes without saying that you usually get what you pay for. But i get useful idea from here.Thanks

Larry Weaver
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Larry Weaver

Thanks for the advice to stick with a specific budget and timeframe when renovating a home. The bathrooms in my home are falling apart with cracks spreading everywhere. My house is pretty old, so I’ll start building a budget and decide on a time when it would be best to hire a renovation service to help me fix up my home’s bathrooms.

Angela Waterford
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Angela Waterford

Thanks for telling me that task lists are my friends when it comes to home remodeling. I think that time is indeed money so I’ll make sure to hire one that can do the remodel quickly. I’ll try to ask for referrals as much as possible so that I can find a reputable contractor to work with.

Angela Waterford
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Angela Waterford

You’re right about saying that home renovations are successful with proper management. I think I’ll hire a home renovation contractor that has a quote that fits my budget. Time is money, so I’ll have to hire someone as soon as possible.

Bob
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Bob

I love your project tips. I bet it would be important to have everything on a schedule. That way the project can get finished in a timely manner.

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aannagloria220

Good work! Your given renovation ideas are very good. It seems so helpful. After reading your blog my ideas got clear. Great job!

Angela Waterford
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Angela Waterford

You’re right about saying that I have to stay within a specific budget in order to manage my home renovation properly. I suppose I should hire a home renovation service to ensure the best quality possible for this. This way, I’ll be able to save time.

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KPCL Architecture

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KPCL Architecture

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Daphne Gilpin
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Daphne Gilpin

Thanks for the tip to see examples of each contractor’s work firsthand. My husband and I need to find a home remodeling service to use. Following your tips should help us identify a good remodeling contractor!

Randy Chorvack
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Randy Chorvack

It’s really smart to have an amount of time allotted to each task on your list so that you can plan accordingly. I’m redoing my entire kitchen right now and I admit I’m a little overwhelmed. I bet making a task list like you suggested will help a lot.

Kate Welling
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Kate Welling

I like how you mentioned that quality is on the professional. I want to remodel my kitchen. I’ll look for a remodelling contractor near me to help with the quality of the remodel.

Eli Richardson
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Eli Richardson

I agree that one should stick to a specific budget and timeframe when renovating a home. My wife’s cousin has been thinking of performing some renovation to his property. We will notify him about this os he can hire a remodeling contractor for help.

Mark Burrows
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Mark Burrows

Home renovation is a challenging endeavour, which one can never complete without proper management. The above write-up specifies certain tips that assure optimal outcome under all circumstances. The author exerted utmost effort to describe each point in a comprehensible manner. Please check it out right now, and enhance the insides of your house seamlessly.

Shad L. Boyett
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Shad L. Boyett

The information provided in this article is really valuable for people one should stick to one’s timeline no matter what for a home renovation project in order to avoid wasting time and money on it. Thanks for sharing such an informative article.