With home renovation, the secret of success lies in careful planning based on a solid understanding of what you want to achieve. This includes having a clear focus on what must be included in your project as well as any other features you would like to include, if your budget allows.

In many cases, the final design and specifications for the project will be worked out with the help of a renovation contractor, designer or architect. However, the more information you can give them, the better they are able to provide you with good advice and accurate cost estimates.

What does this information consist of?

Here’s the list that most renovation contractors recommend:

  • A clear description of what you want to change in your home and why-in order words, what’s the purpose of your renovation?
  • Specific goals for your renovation project.
  • A list of future changes you anticipate in your life that could affect what you need in your home.
  • A definition of priorities-which renovation items are must-haves, and which ones would be nice to have, but are not essential?


Once you have completed this pre-planning, you’ll be in a much better position to ask a professional renovator, designer or architect to develop specific plans for your project. The time and energy you invest in this renovation homework can make a real difference in terms of the success of your project and your ability to keep within your budget. Remember that most renovation problems are a direct result of poor planning.

©Canadian Home Builders Association