Ken Bradley
June 2024
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How to Start a Home Renovation

Adding on to your house is a very popular decorating idea nowadays. Whether you've always wanted a new addition or just think it's time to spruce up your home you need to have a plan to make the process go smoothly. From hiring a contracting company to figuring out exactly how to pay for the additions you want, it can be easy to get overwhelmed.

Making a Plan

The first thing you have to do is figure out what kind of addition you're looking to get onto your home and what you'll need to get started. There are multiple options for adding new features to your home or backyard. You can create an entertainment room in your family room, add a fire pit to your yard, add an entirely new room to your house, and so on. Each of these kinds of projects will take a different amount of time and determination to complete, but they'll be great once you're done with them. It can transform your house and make it a more friendly and open atmosphere, or just give you something new to enjoy.

So if you've got one of the smaller jobs such as the entertainment room or the fire pit, you don't necessarily need a contractor. However, before you start breaking down walls for a new room or adding a pool on your own, you might want to start checking some local contracting options to make sure that the addition is possible and that you have the proper funds for it.


Before you can actually start the build, you'll have to figure out how much to set aside for the project. If you're working on it yourself, then obviously you're going to have to buy the materials yourself. This is usually cheaper, although you'll have a lot more work to do on your own. If you're hiring a contractor, then you should get in touch with them and see how they're willing to accept payments: half up front, half when it's finished, paid periodically as the build is happening, or paying in installments after the fact. Especially since different options could cost you more or less.

For example, there are several different kinds of pools that could cost you differently depending on which one you choose. They come in different sizes and shapes as well as building materials. For example, a vinyl pool won't cost as much but it also won't last as long as a sturdier material like concrete. It all depends on what you think you want and what will work with your house. However, don't be discouraged if you think that you can't afford that dream pool. There are multiple kinds of pool financing options including pool loans or installment options. And the same goes for the other building projects as well. For those larger home renovations, you can take out loans so that you know you can make the payments. Once you've figured out how you're going to make the payments or cover the costs for your project, then you're ready to get started.

Starting the Build

And you can finally start the building process. Now, if you decided to work on your own project then you'll need to do some research and make sure that you know what you're doing before you start. You'd hate to mess up part way through and have to start over. One way to do this is by checking out online information guides to show you how to do the projects. Because of the rise of DIY projects, there are multiple guides to any project, including something as seemingly simple as building a fire pit. You can even check on the progress of some of your larger projects to see what you want to do after it's finished. You can furnish the new room, throw a party to use your new entertainment room or pool, or have a barbecue to make use of the new fire pit. And that brings you to the last step of the renovation process. Making sure to enjoy your new addition however you want. Just make sure to keep it paid off if you took out a loan or have more installments in the future.

Ken Bradley,REALTOR, e-Pro, Luxury Home Specialist
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