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Managing your home improvement projects can feel like a full-time job. Here's how to make it a little easier.

Oftentimes, home renovation projects start out fun and then quickly become overwhelming. Managing a DIY home renovation yourself is a great way to save money and become more invested in your home... but it's a lot of work!

Our real estate agents are here to help. We've had a lot of experience when it comes to keeping renovations on track, and we've learned that, with the right tips, managing your home renovation project can be a lot easier than you might think.

Map It Out

Plenty of great home remodels have started with a quick sketch on the back of a napkin. But there are also several important steps between the first doodle and the finished product.

It's best to flesh out your ideas before you begin work, whether that's in written form or a set of fully-formed architectural plans. Bottom line: it's easier and cheaper to make corrections on paper than it is in real life, so take as much time as you need for revisions before you start swinging a hammer.

Take Your Time to Research

Even if you're managing your own home remodel yourself, it's highly unlikely that you'll be doing all the work. Even if you're extremely handy and experienced, chances are you'll want to at least hire a pro for certain tasks (plumbing and electrical wiring, for example).

Before work begins, determine what you can do yourself and what you can't. For the things that you'll need to hire someone for, research local contractors. Regardless of who's doing what, you'll also need to do your homework to figure out where you'll get all the necessary materials, tools, and equipment.

Become a List-Maker

You're going to end up making a lot of lists before your home renovation is through. Doing so is the only realistic way to stay organized, so it's best to learn to embrace it!

Of all the lists you'll make, the most important is your scope of work document, which is essentially a detailed list of every single thing that needs to be done to complete the renovation, from start to finish. If you're doing the work yourself, this document helps you stay on track. If you're working with builders or contractors, it will keep everyone on the same page.

Handle the Biggest Projects First

Conventional wisdom might suggest that you should start small and work your way up. But when it comes to home renovations, it's always best to get the biggest projects done first.

If your home needs something major, like a roof replacement or foundation repair, those fixes need to be made first, because they will impact everything else you do. The smaller tasks will fall into place later on.

Make Decisions (and Stand by Them)

A lot of decisions will have to be made over the course of your home remodel, including a few big ones and countless small ones. It will prove immensely helpful if you can anticipate those decisions in advance, have the answers ready, and stick with them as much as possible.

Inexperienced remodelers get bogged down in details like cabinet hardware, grout texture, baseboard color, and light switch location; and it doesn't help that many of your builders will come in with ideas of their own. If you've already made your choices ahead of time, you can fly through these details.

Contact us today to learn more about planning your home renovation project. And if you're on the lookout for a new home to fix up and make your own, be sure to talk to our real estate agents about finding the perfect Southport home for sale.