You’ve decided to change up your property. Whether you’re just updating your home or setting it up for the selling market, a renovation can be a big undertaking that could have lots of bumps in the process. While you can’t always avoid them, there are many ways to prevent any issues holding up your changes.
Get your land surveyed
If you’re going to do changes that affect the outer borders of your lot or its structure, it would be best to get a land surveyor. In Utah County, residential disputes are often about two homeowners butting heads over the line of where each property reaches. It is an argument where a professional would have to step in.
Of course, you can avoid any altercations in the first place by getting it surveyed beforehand. By doing so, you can even get a better idea of how the layout of your land is and what you can do with it. It can also help you out when you need references when filing papers to your local neighborhood offices.
Make sure you’re up to code
If you have a set idea in mind and you think you can go for it yourself, ensure that you are following building codes and have the necessary permits to do so. That is not only a legal matter but also a safety issue. You want to make sure that any changes you will apply won’t affect the structure of your home in a harmful way. Get your plans laid out and double-check that they are sound and legal so that you don’t have to worry about it midway and have to change everything suddenly.
Set aside an extra fund
Sudden changes may occur that will need you to buy more materials or enlist extra hands. If you don’t set aside an additional fund for this, you might breach your budget, and things could get way out of your grasp without a set limit.
That is good not only for hiccups during the renovation process but also in the advent that other bumps are revealed, like rewiring, cleanup, and additions that you might want to incorporate. Putting at least 20% worth of your total budget to prepare for these things can save you from a big financial headache later on.
Set a detailed timeline
Things always go much smoother with all the plans sorted out, so make sure you have it all worked out, whether you are undergoing a DIY project or hiring a contractor for a bigger installation. When everything and everyone is aligned, it can help make the execution much smoother.
Take into account how long it will take to get materials, set everything up, tear down anything, and build everything else. It can also help you map out where you will be staying if it’s a major renovation and how you can adequately coordinate around the building process.
Renovating your home doesn’t have to be a stressful process. Make sure you heed these tips so that the only anticipation you’ll be feeling is a giddy sort, as you wait for your beautiful revamped home to be completed.