Renovating your home can be an enjoyable as well as a profitable experience if done right. You may be renovating to create the home of your dreams or to sell your home; either way, there are a few things you should know before you start. If you are renovating to sell, you might want to skimp on some luxuries such as the granite countertops and expensive marble flooring. You can find some great items at stores like Oreck or Little Giant Ladder Systems to help make the renovation go smoother if you plan to do it yourself. Take a look below to get an insight into what you should do before you start renovations:


Set your budget for the renovations and do your best to stick to it. You need to determine what you will do to each room of the house and try to determine what the cost should be. Leave some play room within the budget for unexpected expenses; you never know what you are going to run into when you start tearing out walls or floors in the home.

Do It Yourself or Contractors?

Depending on your knowledge of electrical wiring, plumbing, drywall finishing or general construction, you may decide to take on the projects yourself or have a contractor come in and do the work for you. Keep in mind that if you plan to do the work on your own, it will take longer and if you are in a hurry to sell or you are living in the home, having a construction site in your bedroom is just not desirable.


If you are hiring contractors, they should be able to pull the permits you need, but if you are doing it yourself, be sure to check with your local government office to find out what permits you will need before starting the job. Fines are not cheap for work being done without permits, and in some cases they will make you tear out the work you have completed to be able to inspect what is underneath. Keep this in mind if you are replacing wiring in the home. If you get caught without a permit, you will be required to not only pay some hefty fines but that wall will have to come down.

Determining What Needs to be Fixed

Don't tear everything out and think about pricing later; look through the home and determine what you can keep and work with. Check under carpets and see if the home has wood floors; it may be less expensive to have the floors redone than to replace them. You can usually leave windows in tact if they are newer and if the home has wood doors. Repainting them and changing out the hardware is much cheaper and less time consuming than replacing them.

Going Green

You can get some tax benefits for making your home greener or more energy efficient, not to mention save a bundle on your utilities. Check your attic or the above the garage storage space to ensure the home is properly insulated and that the insulation is up to code for fire hazards. If you need to, change the furnace to be more efficient and even move ducts around to create a better air flow in the home for better heating and cooling. Check your water system and ensure that the water heater is energy efficient; if not, you might consider upgrading for some instant savings.

You should replace all old toilets in the home and change to a more water efficient shower head nozzle. By making a few changes to your homes energy and water supply systems, you can help pay for the cost of renovation over time.


Always have your home inspected for termites, asbestos or mold before beginning any renovations.