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Where to begin: how to start planning your home renovation

If you feel like, "I don't know where to start," this post is for you. Renovations can feel like an unrealized dream for years. What's been holding you back from diving in? (I'd love to hear from you - DM me on Instagram @renovatorstoolkit to share.)

The truth about renovation

I'm not going to sugar coat it. Tackling a big project is a huge undertaking. You will be investing a lot more than you just money. It will take a lot of your time and energy. Even if you plan to outsource the entire thing, it will still take your time and energy.

Read this if you don't know how to start your home renovation project.

If you're undaunted, I think you're ready.

Getting started is easy and the fun part.

Where to start

Why it matters

The beginning of your renovation journey is a beautiful place to be. Now is the time to explore the possibilities and write down your list. Having a written list gives also gives you documentation you can share with designers and contractors.

Do you know what you like or will you know I then you see it? Exploring styles outside your comfort zone will help you hone your style so you can find design pros known for the style you want.

Everyone has to make choices. Prioritizing you list will help you differentiate between your must haves and nice to haves. Decisions will either get made for you or made by default.

For more tips on what to do in each step, you can dive into the corresponding blog post. You have some figuring out to do. You can take each of the steps above without investing any real money.

But I don't have time for this

If you don't have time for these steps, you don't have time to to renovate, neighbor. That's ok, revisit the idea again in 6 to 12 months. The good news is that most of your work in the renovation process should be upfront - and these 3 steps will get you moving in the right direction. If you skip these steps, you'll be setting yourself up for a renovation trap: deferred decisions, change orders and delays that are the stuff renovation nightmares are made of. Your call.


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