Thinking about renovating your kitchen or bathroom? Doing so will give your home a completely different look. You might want to extend your remodeling efforts to the family room or the entire first floor of your home. Should you space the projects out or do them all at once?
We’re advocates for doing a whole house renovation all at once. Here’s why:
- You only have to endure the pain of renovation one time. It may or may not be a more extended period of time that you’re displaced from your home, but it will be concentrated and finished before you know it.
- You won’t need to take out something of value, then find you have to put back in, or vice versa – you won’t remove something that should stay in the course of the full-picture remodel. The potential for mistakes is lowered.
- You’ll only be mobilizing contractors one time. This will save on labor costs, because the tradesmen are already on the job.
- You may not have the money to do everything at once, but at least get it to a place where you can recognize economies of scale by having a vision of the whole project and for keeping people on the job a bit longer. For example, at least rough-in the plumbing for a basement bathroom, or renovate your kitchen and save the granite counter tops for later.
While renovating can be costly, you can ask tradesmen to do certain jobs at the same time they’re on site doing your custom work. Tell your builder if you have a grand scheme in mind. He may have some cost-saving ideas if you do the entire renovation at the same time or at the very least, he can inform you of the pros and cons of different phases of the job. Plus, you’ll have your dream home a lot sooner!