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Home Renovation Checklist

Updated: Mar 16, 2023

We don’t want to say that every project is perfect, but having a detailed home renovation checklist can help you prepare for the big (or small) project. This list is intended to educate and guide you through the renovation process and things to think about or ask your contractor.


1. Figure out your project scope

As an example, let’s say you’re doing a master bathroom room project. Here are some questions you can ask yourself or work through with your partner:

Is there a vision or inspirational photo of what you want it to look like? Do you have a specific style? Is there a specific need in this space that it doesn’t currently fulfill? Are there specific wants in the space that you don’t currently have? Would the layout be more functional if it changed? From there you can make a list of the smaller details, such as tile choices, vanities, paint colors, etc.

If you DO know what your vision is, make a list out of it! For example; molding on the walls, paint color choices, new vanity, new toilet, new water fixtures, recessed lighting, etc. Be sure to also note if you’re moving any plumbing or removing walls. Those are features that take longer for your contractor to do, so they may cost a little bit more, depending on what that item is.


2. Plan your budget and timing

Research the average project cost in your area and the time it takes to complete. A good resource for estimating pricing in your area is the Cost Versus Value Report by Remodeling Magazine. From there, you can realistically create a budget for your project and plan your finances properly.

When you start meeting with contractors (we recommend a maximum of 3), be sure to ask how long the project would take them. On average a single room remodel, like a kitchen or master bath (depending on size and scope of work) takes 4-6 weeks. The cost will depend on multiple factors, including the size of the project, the finishes selected and the complexity of the work.


3. Hiring a Professional

Check the Virginia DPOR website for licensed contractors in your area. We recommend you contact a maximum of 3, a minimum of 2. Make sure you receive a written estimate so you can compare timelines and overall costs. Feel free to ask for references and photos of their work.

Note: just because a contractor can do the work, does not mean it’s done properly, so be careful in the hiring process. A Virginia state license ensures your contractor has the extensive construction experience and has undergone testing to prove it.


4. Preparing for the project

Usually, a clean out of the space is required for your project to begin. Make sure you take down any breakable items between the entry door and the room that is undergoing renovation to leave a clean and easy space to walk through and for the workers to carry materials through. Go through all current drawers and remove everything, even if you’re throwing it out.

Ask your contractor if you’ll need a dumpster placed at your home and how they plan to protect the driveway from the dumpster drop.

Permits are a job required by the contractor, not the homeowner, though permits sometimes need sign-off by the homeowner. The purpose of permits are to protect you and your home. The county and state want your home to meet building code standards and regulations. If your contractor cannot pull a permit, they are not properly licensed.


If you have questions about the remodeling process or want to schedule an estimate with MW Burke, give us a call or book an estimate online!




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