Ready to make some big changes to how your home looks and functions? Structural upgrades are a wonderful way to add value and function to your home. What was once a dying backyard can become a screened-in porch. A cramped guest bathroom can open into a comfortable, expansive space. One less wall can make your living room twice the size. While there’s always the option of hiring a construction team to do the work, the costs can quickly add up. If you have a knack for handiwork and love to build, consider taking the renovations into your own hands!

If you’re planning on a major remodel or renovation in your home, here are some considerations to make before putting hammer to nail and getting started:

Function and Flow

How will this new space function and flow with the current layout? Before you knock any walls down or add any new structures, think critically about how the new space will affect the rest of the house. Make sure the functionality is there. It’s also critical to ensure a design flow from the old portion of the house into the new part. A Feng Shui mindset will help to weave the two together flawlessly.

Liabilities

Even if you’re working on your own home, there could still be some issues with insurance if something goes wrong and you get hurt during the job. If you’re planning to do a hefty amount of work at home, it’s smart to consider getting a contractor’s license before beginning. You’ll protect yourself and your property. Plus, having a bit of extra knowledge won’t hurt your final product! Passing the contractor certification exam is easy if you prepare with training courses like the ones offered by the contractor training center or other organizations. Once you have your license, you can even offer your services to friends and family!



Budget

Unless you have all the money in the world to put towards this project, you better budget out what it will cost you. Going into a project like this without a financial game plan is dangerous. Before you know it, you might spend thousands of dollars more than what you can afford. Make sure the project truly fits into your finances before starting by creating a detailed layout of the costs.

Tools

Do you have all the tools you’ll need to successfully complete the job? It would be rather unfortunate to get halfway into the project only to realize the saw you need is out of your price range. Just because you need a tool doesn’t mean you need to buy it, however. Take inventory of the tools you’ll need in advance and ask friends and family members what they have laying around in the toolshed. You might be able to get everything you need without even spending a dime.

Team

Ask yourself this critical question: is this really a one-person job? What should take a week can end up taking months if you don’t have the proper team to get it done. Don’t overwhelm yourself or turn your house into an extended construction zone. Instead, enlist the help of knowledgeable friends and family to make faster progress. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help – renovation projects can be a fun way to bond, and the results will only look better for it.

Bonus Tip: Decor

Once your space is complete, how will you furnish and decorate it? A new space calls for a new look, so consider how you want to elevate your home and what elements (textiles, art, furniture) will make it happen.