These home renovation tips will help you avoid any unnecessary problems, costs, and headaches that can sometimes come along with a remodel.

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The thrill of a home renovation can quickly be diminished by unforeseen circumstances, stretched budgets, and other unexpected issues. The good news is that most of the time these problems can be mitigated, if not avoided entirely, by keeping an eye out for warning signals. Read on as we go through essential home renovation tips to consider before kicking off your own revamp.

1. Make a Realistic Budget

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Home Renovation Tip: Make a Realistic Budget

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While it goes without saying that any project needs a budget to keep costs in check, it’s not always an easy task to find the balance between your dream designs and the amount in you’ve allotted for a project. This is why it is essential to get a true understanding of pricing, both with materials and labor, so you can gauge expectations accordingly. 

Unfortunately, home improvement and renovation television shows can sometimes be misleading in terms of costs, which can vary greatly based on location and timing. Therefore, be sure to have a contractor look over your budget and confirm that it’s realistic. 



2. Decide on a Sensible Scope of Work 

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Home Renovation Tip: Decide on a Sensible Scope of Work

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Once you’ve determined a realistic budget, you’ll need to clarify exactly what work can happen and when. You may also need to ask yourself some tough questions about what you really need versus what you simply want.  This will help you identify the true intention of the project and lay out important ground rules. It can even help with scheduling and determining what work happens when. 

3. Determine Splurge-Worthy Items Upfront

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Home Renovation Tip: Determine Splurge-Worthy Items Upfront

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See the full story on Dwell.com: 9 Critical Tips to Read Before Kicking Off a Home Renovation

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