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The importance of having a plan

This includes having a clear focus on what must be included in your project as well as any other features you would like to include if your budget allows.

In many cases, the final design and specifications for the project will be worked out with the help of your builder, designer or architect. However, the more information you can give them, the better they are able to provide you with good advice and accurate cost estimates.

Here’s a list of information that most builders require:

  • What is the purpose of your renovation? Provide a clear indication of your current and future needs and a description of what you want to change in your home.
  • Specific goals for your renovation project.
  • A list of future changes you anticipate in your life that could affect what you may need in your home.
  • An indication of priorities, i.e. which renovation items are must-haves, and which ones would be nice to have but are not essential?

Once you have completed this pre-planning, you’ll be in a much better position to ask your builder, designer or architect to develop specific plans for your project. The time and energy you invest in this homework can make a real difference in terms of the success of your project and your ability to keep within your budget. Remember that most renovation problems are a direct result of poor planning.