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Five Things to do Before You Renovate

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Tools & Materials

Budget spreadsheet
Local building codes
Design photos and websites
Dumpster, trash bags, or dumpster-in-a-bag

Set a Budget

Set a budget that includes 20 percent extra for unforeseen issues.

Make a Game Plan

Renovations should add value and sales appeal to your home and follow local building codes.

Do Project Research

Collect photos and websites of designs you like; look at products in stores; talk with friends who have done similar projects.

Know Your Limitations

If you’re not comfortable with plumbing or wiring, hire a professional for that part of the project.

Plan Ahead for Cleanup

For a large project, rent a dumpster; for a small project use trash bags; for a medium-sized project (10 trash bags or more) buy a construction waste bag, fill it with up to 3,300 pounds of debris, and schedule a collection to have it hauled away.