When Is The
Wrong Time to Renovate?

When You Don’t Have the Funds

You’d be surprised how many people make the mistake of starting a renovation project without the adequate funds to complete it on time.

Whatever you THINK the renovation is going to be, you can probably double that, and you might have a fair assessment of what it will be.

The main reason you need to have your budget worked out before you start is that once demolition begins, there is no turning back the clock. So before you go tearing out your toilet and shower, make sure you can afford to buy a replacement and have it installed immediately.

When You Don’t Have the Time

Just like budgeting a renovation, take however long you THINK a renovation is going to take and double it. If you think it’ll take around three months, it will probably take six months. It’s just a rule-of-thumb, but it’s often accurate.

That’s why, if you don’t have the time to finish the project, don’t start it!

Because of the uncertainty involved in renovations, it is best to do them during a time in your life where you have some extra time to spend. Just like you’d set aside some extra cash during a renovation, you’ll also want to set aside a few additional weeks to make room for delays and setbacks that are probably going to happen along the way.

When You Don’t Need the Stress

Never book a renovation when there is a new baby on the way, or there is a wedding coming up. These situations are stressful enough, without adding dirt, dust, rubble and noise into the mix.

The decisions, time and money you’ll need to devote to your renovation can wait, while you enjoy these special times in your life. And if you wait until you have the time to renovate, who knows, you might even learn to enjoy it.

One thing is certain, if you’re already stressed out, renovating your kitchen or bathroom, will make it 10X worse.

When You Don’t Like Making Decisions

There are over 1000 decisions that will need to be made while you’re renovating your home, so if you don’t like making them (or don’t have the time it takes to sit down and make the right one), you may want to stop an reconsider renovation.

Home renovations are a massive commitment. From choosing the overall concept down to picking out tile colour and fixtures, there are tones of big and little decisions what will need to be made. If you’re indecisive (or you like to change your mind) know that this will probably wind up costing you more in the long run.

If you are indecisive, or you don’t have the time, the next best option is to pick a great contractor that you can trust with making a lot of critical decisions. (Hey, we think we’re pretty great at this!)

When You Can’t Predict the Future

Guess what? No one can! But unfortunately, there are unreasonable people out there that think that the following can be predicted:

  • Rot
  • Mildew
  • Mould
  • Rat
  • Mice
  • Bad plumbing
  • Bad electrical

The truth is, they can’t be predicted. Which is why we like to reiterate to our clients this list of “unforeseeables.” We recommend that you budget an extra 20% time and money for every project before you start. This takes care of about 80% of potential problems that are likely to come up during a home renovation project.

If you’re comfortable with that, the chances of having a stress-free renovation greatly increase.