Proper preparation is the key to ensuring a positive experience in most situations. This is certainly true when it comes to home renovations. No matter how small your impending project may be, it’s always a good idea to plan out exactly what you’re hoping to see.
A great way to get your ideas in order is through the creation of a renovation project brief. This small document will help to focus your project objectives and requirements in a clear, concise, well-thought out way.
Not to be confused with a renovation budget (which is another essential document), use your brief primarily to fully flesh out what you want; although you can certainly include a budgeting element. You may also find this document to be helpful when shopping around for contractor quotes.
When and How
Create this brief after you’ve decided that you want to renovate. Gather everyone with a stake in the project and talk about what you would like to see, how much you want to spend, and how you plan to divide the work (between contractor and any DIY projects).
Here are some of the sections that you might want to include in your renovation brief:
- A Short Objective Statement
- Your Budget
- Must Haves
- DIY Tasks
- Contractor Tasks
- Desired Timeline (keep in mind that this should be fluid)
- Project Notes
It’s important to get on the same page with everyone involved with your renovation, because it can help you avoid future headaches and allows everything to go as smoothly as possible. Consolidating your thoughts and needs into a central document is an excellent and efficient way to make that happen.