Renovating can be like opening a can of worms and often takes months longer than expected. Here are my top 7 tips for managing your exterior renovation:

Set clear goals: Before you start any renovation, it’s important to know exactly what you want to accomplish. Are you doing a quick trick-up or a more thorough overhaul? Are there structural issues to resolve? Having clear goals will help you stay focused and make better decisions throughout the process.

Create a budget: Determine how much you can afford to spend on your renovation, and try to stick to it as closely as possible. This will help you avoid overspending and ensures you have enough money to complete the renovation.

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Hire a contractor: Unless you have experience with exterior renovations, it’s generally a good idea to hire a professional to handle the work. Make sure to do your research and choose a reputable and licensed company or individual.

Get multiple quotes: Don’t just go with the first quotes you find. Instead, get bids from multiple contractors to ensure that you’re getting the best deal. Don’t just look at the price; consider other factors such as experience, reputation, and quality of the materials they plan to use.

Set a timeline: Determine how long you want the renovation to take, and discuss with your contractors to make sure it’s realistic. Have a timeline drawn up and ensure every trade knows expected completion dates for their portion of the project.

Stay involved: While you should definitely let your main contractor and sub-trades handle the work, it’s important to stay involved in the renovation process. I like to meet with contractors most days – even if just briefly – to make decisions & ensure the work is being done to my satisfaction.

Keep records: Keep a record of all correspondence, as well as any receipts or documents related to the renovation. This will be helpful if there are any disputes or issues that need to be resolved.

By following these tips, you can effectively manage your exterior renovation and end up with a home that you love!

Jane Eyles-Bennett