Home renovation is a significant investment of money and time. It always seems like no matter how hard you try to stay on budget, and within the time frame, something always goes over the limit. Unforeseen factors can stall a project and cost more money to fix it. While some of these things are inevitable, there are a few ways to help you stay on time in your remodeling schedule.
Purchase Supplies in Advance
When you are making your supply list, divide it between the more important things that must be delivered, and the ones you can haul yourself. Be sure to add delivery fees to your renovation budget. There may be some items that must be put on a particular order. If you do everything in advance, you will not have to wait on a mail-ordered piece.
Buy a Little Extra
Nothing is more frustrating than to be working on a remodeling project and discovering you need a unique tool or more material to get the job done. Before you even began a project in the past, you probably made a list of things you will need. It doesn’t hurt to have some extra material on-hand either. There may be instances where you will need it. It wastes a lot of time if you have to stop what you are doing and run to the hardware store. You may consider this surplus in your budget. If you have things leftover, you can either take it back or save it for another project.
Organize Your Tools
When you are writing out your renovation plan, make a separate list of tools you will need and do a quick inventory of what you have. You want to include things like extra blades and other accessories as required. If there is something you require and don’t already have, buy it before you start. Big-ticket tools that you may not need all the time can usually be rented for a daily fee. Places like Lakeshore Recycling also allow you to rent dumpsters and recycling receptacles for your remodeling waste. This will save you time and money in the long run.
After you have inventoried your tools, organize them in a way so you can access them quickly. Remember the adage of a place for everything and everything in its place. For example, you can gather all your drywalling supplies in one corner and your framing tools in another. No matter how big or small the project is, the organization keeps you within schedule.
Renovation can add beauty and value to your home and is an investment that will pay for itself if you decide to sell. Keeping within budget and on schedule is possible with careful planning. The more you do in advance, the less you will have to do the last minute.