Renovations are always on the brain!

In preparation for the New Year, let’s talk about why it’s important to understand not only the reasons behind your renovation plan but also the end goal.

Whether you’ve just purchased the ultimate fixer-upper dream property or been living in the same house for the last 20 odd years; there is no doubt a renovation project at hand.

Large or small, DEVCO Builders can help you plan for your renovation.  Understanding the motivation behind the remodel is important so that you don’t get caught up in the emotion of all of it and run away with the budget!


If you’ve bought that fixer-upper then get ready for a multi-phase renovation project.  Taking on maintenance renovations on an older property is not only time consuming but can also be expensive.  Your main considerations are:

  • Safety
  • Stability of structure
  • Livability

There is no shame in making a multi-phase renovation plan. Not every can afford a whole-home reno in one shot.  So, look at the major systems first:

  • Structure
  • Electricity
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC

Maintenance, if left by the wayside can become expensive and time-consuming.  It can mean emergency calls to contractors on weekends, causing greater expense.

The Take-Away Tip

Keep up on maintenance to avoid major expenses that happen as surprise renovations.  Hire professionals like DEVCO Builders to get the most out of your budget.


Update renovations are also likely to run high on the dollar side of things. New appliances and fixtures are big money items, so know that going in and you will be well-prepared.

In addition you may need to update plumbing to meet current codes or improve efficiency for these new appliances. That is just one more aspect to keep in mind.

Update renovations can happen room by room. Just plan accordingly so that you aren’t cooking outside in bad weather, while the kitchen work is accomplished.

Tired of This Old Space Renovations

Four years ago you were into the Nordic look, kind of sparse décor, lots of white walls and red accents. Now, not so much; so, it’s time to change!

Tired space renovations are not a huge expense and consist more of things like paint, accent pieces, even furniture.  If you like painting and papering this is more of a DIY project or perhaps even working with a designer.


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Efficiency Renovations

Efficiency renovation improvements are small, like installing a new smart thermostat or thermal curtains that help keep the home cool inside.

Or they are large-scale projects like installing a solar system coupled with batteries to take you off-grid and keep you enjoying life at home without worrying about the electricity bill!

Plan for contractor expense on these renovation projects.

Home Sale

Last but not least are the renovations that happen pre-sale. Normally these are the wow-factor projects that draw buyers in and close the deal.  They include things like a new back splash, counter-tops or fresh paint.






The Results

Furthermore, understanding the reason for renovations helps you better allocate the budget. Not only do you know where the money is going, but you also know how it relates to each phase of the project.

Go forth. Make your plans and consult with DEVCO to understand how to best proceed.  We are renovations specialists!