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3 tips to create an effective home renovation project plan for builders

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Are you taking on more home renovation projects? These renovations – no matter the size – can quickly escalate to overwhelming if you don’t have a complete and well-organized house renovation project plan.

Even the most seasoned builders might come to a house remodeling project and wonder where to start. It’s especially important to keep these projects organized because your clients might be living in the home you’re renovating.

You want to manage the project smoothly, your client wants an easy renovation and everyone needs a solid plan to get the job done. Following these tips can help you design an effective plan to keep the job on track and communicate best with your clients.

1. Set expectations with the homeowner

The first step in creating any buttoned-up house renovation project plan is to get clear expectations from your client. In return, you’ll need to communicate your scope of work for completing the job.

Let’s say the remodeling job is a basic kitchen remodel or basement finish. Is your client interested in a sleek chef’s kitchen with ultramodern appliances and plenty of open space, or are they hankering for a farmhouse-style cooking space? Do they want a “man cave” with a bar, theater seating and floor-to-ceiling sports memorabilia, or more of a family-friendly space?

Nail down the look and feel they’re going for before starting any work. This will dictate all decisions you make to move the project forward in a focused manner.

Be sure to take plenty of measurements of the entire space and carefully sketch out – or take photographs of – the structural changes you plan to make. With Buildertrend, you can take advantage of paper-free blueprints and speedy estimates with our Takeoff tool.

You can also save all of your photos and other documentation in the File Storage section of the program and link it back to the project. That way, everything to the job is saved in one, easy-to-access place.

From there, it’ll be even simpler to communicate with your clients right from the platform, or by using our home renovation project management app.

2. Create and communicate the scope of work to your clients and subs

You can keep your clients up to date in Buildertrend with the Customer Portal and deliver the best customer service on the market. Give them their own unique login, which allows them to track progress on the renovation and send messages directly through Buildertrend. Your clients will have clear expectations about their renovation project plan, and you’ll build trust with them for an experience that beats out the competition.

Once you and your clients feel ready to dive into the home renovation, it’s time to bring on the subs. Within Buildertrend, you can create proposals for each of your subcontractors and get them access to the project details they need.

You can even invite your subs to use Buildertrend for one seamless experience. Organize the work and optimize your own project plan, all while giving your subs the tools they need to succeed.

3. Use home renovation project management software

When it comes to renovation projects, no matter the size, there’s no such thing as too much communication.

All these high-level communications and project details can be organized in a construction software platform like Buildertrend. It will ensure that you’re always on top of communication and help you avoid any scheduling loopholes.

Say goodbye to costly work errors, timely manual blueprints and disappointing miscommunications –  and say hello to better delivered home renovation projects!

Ready to get started with Buildertrend?

Are you ready to start using the top home renovation project management platform in the industry, trusted by nearly 1 million home builders and remodelers across the globe? Schedule a demo today to get started. 

About The Author

Kamrin Baker

Kamrin Baker Kamrin Baker is a freelance copywriter for Buildertrend.

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