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5 Essential Tasks to Tackle Before Starting Your Home Renovation

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Whether you’ve recently acquired your first investment property or your current home’s design no longer suits you, you might be getting ready to kick off a home renovation. If you need a team of experts to manage your new investment property, look no further than RPM MetroWest/Worcester! Here’s how to plan for spaces that fulfill key purposes, get to know the software programs your contractors rely on, and share your project vision with your contracting team.

Outfit Your Home With Purposeful Spaces

To start planning for your renovation, think about the purpose of each project. For example, if you want to get more enjoyment out of your backyard, you could install an outdoor pool. If you want to host big dinner parties, investing in a kitchen renovation could be the right choice. And if you’re a remote worker, it’s time to add a home office.

Should you decide to build a home office, you’ll want to stake out a location on your property that already gets lots of natural light. What if you don’t have an area that fits the bill? You’ll want to outfit your office with ample overhead lighting instead.

Learn the Ropes of Estimating Software

Contractors aren’t doing back-of-the-envelope calculations to figure out project costs. They use construction management software to run estimates and bookkeeping software to manage their finances. Different types of contractors use different programs. For example, some use electrician estimating software. This may be the ideal solution for evaluating local materials and labor costs, developing custom templates with company logos, and sending out invoices.

Find the Best Contractors

As you search for contractors, you might feel like you’re wading through a sea of professionals. With seemingly endless options, who should you hire? First, determine exactly who you need on your team to carry out your specific plans. This could include general contractors, plumbers, electricians, or landscapers. Contact several contractors in each specialty, and ask for price estimates, portfolio samples, and contact information from previous clients to make an informed decision.

Communicate Your Vision

How can you ensure that your contractor understands exactly what you want for this project? AD Construction recommends explaining what you’d like to see in explicit detail, as well as explaining the reasons behind your renovation. You can also provide inspiration in the form of color palettes, materials, and photos of similar projects. To centralize communications, decide on a specific platform for your messaging, which could be text, email, or a project management portal.

Decide Where to Live

If your renovation won’t impact a room you use for essential functions, you may be able to continue living in your home throughout the entirety of the project. However, if the renovation process will prevent you from cooking or using your bathroom, or the noise will affect your quality of life, you’ll have to find an alternate place to live on a temporary basis. Block Renovation recommends looking into home rentals, long-stay hotel suites, or staying with friends and family. Furthermore, you should inform your neighbors about the renovations before they begin.


Maybe you’re a homeowner with a creative idea, or perhaps you’re a real estate investor who is ready to update properties for your tenants. Either way, if you have a home renovation project on the horizon, you need a strategic plan. By using these tips as a guide, you can hire expert contractors to build your home office or other projects, understand the platforms they use to manage projects, such as electrician estimating software, and even decide where to stay during the renovation process.

Do you need a manager for your rental property? Turn to Real Property Management MetroWest/Worcester! Call us today at 508-329-6000 to learn more about our services.

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