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March
28

Renovations and home improvement projects can be hard to juggle. Here's how you can manage them more efficiently.

If you're dreaming of bringing out your inner Joanna Gaines and orchestrating your own renovation, you may be ready to launch yourself as project manager for your latest home from Wheeling homes for sale or Moundsville homes for sale. What will it take to be successful?

Our real estate agents have heard the stories and know the score, so here they are with some suggestions that can make your life a lot easier with your next project. Follow us as we work our way through the details.

First Things First
Can you afford a project manager? If so, do consider hiring someone to take over your renovation. However, it may be you want to learn how to be a project manager. Maybe you've got the renovation bug, and you're eager to see if your creativity and innate design sense are up to the mark. That's great. The only thing to remember is, it takes more than creativity and imagination to be a successful renovation project manager. Above all, you need to be organized and a stickler for details.

Planning Your Project
Make a list of all the things you want to do with your project, and then sublists where you go into detail. Share lists with your contractor and subcontractors.

You'll also need a floor plan and 3D renderings. You could hire a freelancer to do it for you, say, from a company such as Fiverr.com. However, the freelancer may charge big bucks for limited renderings, although it's certainly cheaper than the services of an architect. You'll also likely be given 1 or 2 revisions, and will maybe be charged for changes. If you need to see lots of designs and layouts, a free app like Arcsite, where you can get all your floor plans, cabinet layouts, and measurements, maybe a better deal. There's also Planner 5d, where you can make beaucoup 3D renderings for free.

Get Permits
A contractor should be able to get needed permits. Regardless, you should find out what your city and county requirements, and make sure your contractor doesn't renege.

Biggest Projects First
Start with the biggest projects, which involve renovations so that the house won't fall in on you, such as roof replacement or repair, repairs to the foundation, correcting water infiltration, and installing or repairing windows and siding.

Plan for Demolition
You may need to demolish parts of the house. If you're moving out of the house during demolition, demolish all that needs to be demolished; if you're staying in the house, go slower. Be sure to rent a waste container.

Call an expert if your demolition involves asbestos.

When to Get Expert Help
If you're doing structural changes, and your skills are sufficient to move load-bearing walls, move doors, frame new windows or whatever, good for you. Otherwise, hire someone with expertise.

Updating the Essentials
While the walls and ceilings are open during demolition, it's a good time to install HVAC ductwork and for plumbers and electricians to update plumbing and electrical wiring.

Add Insulation
Open walls offer a perfect opportunity to add insulation. Add it in the attic as well.

Drywall and Fine Carpentry
Close up walls with drywall, to which you will apply compound, then let it dry. Sand it, and you're ready for painting.
Final projects that will await you or subcontractors:

  • Fine carpentry on baseboards, molding, trim
  • Cabinets
  • Painting
  • Flooring
  • Lighting
  • Bathroom and kitchen fixtures
  • Gutters, siding, and other exterior projects

Need advice on managing your home renovation? Contact us today.