How to make sure your renovation project is a success

Eric Anderson
4 min readDec 2, 2020


Renovating your home can be an exciting, pleasant and rewarding process. That is, if you take the time to plan your project carefully. So whether you are making modest changes in one room or fully transforming your dream home, make sure to following these tips to ensure the success of your project.

Design shows on TV might lead you to believe that you can complete a dramatic interior makeover in three days — or even in just one night. However, in reality, anything worth doing needs time to be done right. Renovating a single small bathroom can easily take three months from initial design research to finished construction, while a fuller renovation of several rooms or a larger room (like a complete kitchen overhaul) can take half a year — sometimes even much longer. This may sound pessimistic, but there are truly many benefits to giving your design project a healthy timeline. Here’s some honest advice for why and how you should plan out your project on a realistic schedule, whether you’re working with a designer or on your own, and no matter what the project size.

1. Do your homework

Take a moment to determine what you want vs. what you need -both in the short and long term. Run your ideas by an experienced renovator or an interior designer. They will be able to assess the feasibility of your project and help you to come up with a realistic budget. Also, make sure to review your home-owners insurance policy as well as any applicable strata or municipal bylaws, to determine whether special permits for your project will be required.

2. Look for an experienced contractor or renovation company

We all agree that a good working relationship is a vital ingredient for the successful execution of a renovation process. Take your time to research a reputable company that can help you to transform your concepts and ideas into a reality. Upon choosing the right contractor or team for your project, make sure to conduct a thorough background check and to ask them to draft a contract for your review.

3. Get it in writing

Before signing a contract, read it carefully. Make sure that the description of the work to be done is clear and inclusive of all the work that will be required for your project. Pay special attention to payment schedules and to set clear deadlines for each portion of the project. Keep in mind that if something is not in the contract, it will be your responsibility.

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Eric Anderson

Eric is a blog writer for the Hardwood Flooring Store and has a vast knowledge of the hardwood flooring industry.