Tips to create an effective home renovation project plan

Home renovations can be exciting, but a project (no matter the size) can quickly escalate to overwhelming if you don’t have a complete and well-organized project plan. It’s especially important to keep renovation projects organized because there are times when your homeowners will be living in the house that you are renovating.

Following these tips can help you design an effective plan to keep the job on track and communicate best with your homeowner.

1. Set expectations with your homeowner.

The first step in creating any buttoned-up project plan is to get clear expectations from your homeowner, and in return, communicate your expectations for completing the job.

Let’s say the 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 are going for before starting any work, and 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. In Buildertrend, you can save all of your blueprints, photos, and other documentation in the Documents section of the program and link it back to the project, so that everything related to the job is saved in one, easy-to-access place.

 

2. Create and communicate the scope of work to your homeowner.

Once you have all of the homeowner requirements for the job, create a scope of work that specifies exactly what will be done and how it will get done. Within Buildertrend, you can create proposals for each of your subcontractors and get them access to the project details they need. Once the subcontractors are involved and project requirements are determined, it’s time for your project schedule.

 

3. Use construction project management software.

When it comes to renovation projects, no matter the size, there is no such thing as too much communication! Keeping all project details organized in a project management software, like Buildertrend, will ensure that you are always on top of communication and help you avoid any scheduling loopholes. Say goodbye to costly work errors, and say hello to better delivered projects!

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