Whether you’ve just purchased your home and it needs to undergo some major renovations before you move in, or you are just wanting to update things and refresh your space, home renovation projects can be expensive and stressful. People often get frustrated during renovations because the timeline ends up being a lot longer than expected, or costs are higher than they had hoped. 

But you can eliminate some of the stress related to renovations right off the bat by making a checklist. If you are renovating your whole home it is easy to forget things and a lot may end up getting overlooked. You don’t want to end up overlooking something important and then regretting it later, so here are 5 things you shouldn’t forget when you’re renovating your home. 

The Exterior

You may be so focused on making the interior of your home look exactly the way that you want it that you forget about the exterior entirely. But remember, the outside of your house is the first thing people see! You want your yard to match the inside of your house and in order to do that you may need to do some landscaping. Removing trees that block views or natural light is an example of something you do for the exterior that will affect the interior as well. Consider leaving the exterior for last, but just make sure it doesn’t get overlooked! 

Closets 

Closets and other storage areas may not seem like important areas to renovate because no one ever sees them, but having large and well laid out closets is actually the secret to keeping a tidy and organized home! If every item has its place, it’s easier to find things and you never have to worry about where things go. 

Depending on when your home was built, it may not have closets that are up to your standards, but this is something that can be easily renovated to fit your needs. Don’t forget – just because guests may not see an area of your home doesn’t mean it doesn’t need some rehab! 

Stairs

Making sure your stairs are up to code is important, and a great time to do that if you haven’t already is when renovating. But another thing you may want to consider is adding ramps or even an elevator to your multi-story home. If you plan on living there well into your golden years, you have to think about the fact that you won’t always be as mobile as you are now. 

If that is too far away for you to consider, what about your parents or in-laws? Will they be visiting often? Are any of them disabled? These are all questions you should ask yourself when going through a home renovation

Renovations don’t have to be a pain in the butt. Just remember to make a checklist and try not to forget any nook or cranny!