Tips for Managing Your Home Renovation Project

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You’ve got your dream space in mind, and you’re keen to dive headfirst into managing your first renovation project. But where do you start? What happens next? And what obstacles might you run into along the way?

A smooth home renovation happens long before the hammer swings, and those unknowns can stall projects for months, even years, leaving homeowners wondering how they could have done things differently from the outset.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about managing a renovation project, from:

• Initial planning
• Setting your budget
• Understanding consents
• Hiring a tradie
• Tips for managing a renovation project
• Homeowner hindsights
• And a checklist to round it up.

Initial Planning

Every well-executed renovation begins with a plan. It’s your chance to get creative and bring all of your inspiration and research together to form an idea.

Think of the “Who, What, When, and Why” of your renovation, from:

Who’s the renovation for? Think about who will be living under your roof. Is it just you, your family, or are you prepping your home to attract potential buyers?
What’s the focus? Which parts of your home are in need of a makeover, and which are going to be the most beneficial in the long run?
Timing is everything. Before biting off more than you can chew, decide what needs to be done now, and what can wait?
To the big WHY: Why are you carrying out this renovation? Is it to add more value to your home, put your style in every corner, adapt to changing needs, or just to spruce things up?

Setting Your Budget

Determining a budget is like laying out a roadmap for your initial concepts and ideas. It’s your guide to decision-making and helps you navigate through options while staying within your financial boundaries.

Ideally, you don’t want to spend more on your renovation than what your home is worth, even if selling isn’t on your mind right now.
Every budget should have some wiggle room in case the unexpected happens, and figuring out a maximum spend can help you avoid over-capitalizing.

You can choose your maximum spend by looking at:

• How much you initially bought your home for
• The estimated resale value based on the current market conditions
• Your home’s current condition

Understanding Consents

Before diving into your renovation, it’s important to figure out if you need a building consent.

If you’re thinking of making big changes like knocking down walls, structural modifications, additions, or anything that affects the building’s safety, accessibility, or weathertightness, you’ll most likely need a consent.

The first step you can take is consulting a tradie, the local council, or a building authority, as they can provide guidance and information specific to your renovation.

From there, the building consent process typically follows these stages:

• Submission of detailed plans, specifications, and relevant documents outlining the proposed work.
• Review of submissions to ensure compliance with building codes, safety standards, and regulations.
• Approval of the consent, granting permission for the renovation work to go ahead.
• Periodic inspections throughout construction to ensure ongoing compliance.

Hire Bespoke Construct for Your Home Renovation Project

If your home feels too small, the layout no longer suits your lifestyle, or it just seems outdated, it might be time for a home renovation. We are here to help.

Whether you’re looking to update your bathroom, remodel your kitchen, or build a new extension, we can create the perfect addition to your home. We specialize in home renovations throughout the Bay of Plenty, including Tauranga, Papamoa, Omokoroa, Katikati, and Waihi.

Your satisfaction is our priority. Each renovation project is unique, and we make it a point to listen to your vision for your home. Our Tauranga renovation specialists collaborate with you to design a renovation that not only meets your expectations but also excites you about the final result.

We value open and honest communication with all our customers and consistently strive for the highest standards of workmanship. We are happy to introduce you to some of our existing customers who can share their experiences of working with us.

If you're looking for a Tauranga or Bay of Plenty builder for your new build, renovation, reclad or outdoor building project, get in touch with us today. We pride ourselves in being professional, easy to work with, and a company that goes the extra mile to make sure our customers are happy with the results of choosing to work with us.

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