Are you ready to embark on a home renovation project, but feeling overwhelmed by the countless decisions and tasks that lie ahead? 

What are you planning on updating? Your kitchen? Bathroom? Or maybe, you have decided to go for the big one and give your house an entire face-lift? Whatever you have gone for, you are about to embark on a full-on renovating journey.

That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate home renovation checklist. Packed with everything you’ll need for a successful and (potentially) stress-free project. 

From budgeting and planning to selecting the right contractor and making design choices, this comprehensive guide has got you covered every step of the way! So let’s get started on turning your dream home into a reality!

How to Get Your Home Renovation Started

Beginning your home renovation can feel like a huge project to face. There are the big details you need to sort through and the intricate ones that will pull everything together.

In some instances, you may only need an electrician or a plumber to help, but with bigger changes such as exterior construction, you might require the services of cement rendering by Texture Coating QLD, or whichever firm is local to your home.

Whatever you go for, it is important that you have all your boxes ticked so you call pull things off flawlessly.

Estimate the Cost of Materials and Supplies

You should know how much money you’ll need to spend before beginning any renovations. You can estimate the cost of materials and supplies by researching prices online or talking to your contractor.

Get Permits and Licenses

Permits and licenses may be required by local authorities depending on the type of renovation you’re doing. Before starting any work, check with your municipality.

Plan the Layout of Your Home

This will help ensure that all necessary repairs, updates, and additions will fit within your budget and space constraints.

Choose a Contractor or Do The Work Yourself 

Doing the work yourself is perfectly fine, if you can handle it that is. Sometimes hiring a contractor just to liaise with you might be the better choice. However, having them take over if you are in over your head is fine.

Do your research and see which contractor/s would be the best fit for your renovation.

Set Timelines and Deadlines

A timeline will help you when you need to fit in all the work, but it’s also important to set deadlines for each stage of the renovation. Putting this in place will get you completed on time and within your agreed-upon budget.

Don’t Forget…

You know how much you are going to spend, you have the permits you require, and you have set your timeline. That pretty much has you nailed down to what you need.

Going it alone? Doing it with others? Or have you hired a contractor? Whatever your choice – it’s still a good idea to keep a few things on hand (just in case).

Tools and Materials

Tools and materials are paramount when it comes to renovations. If you are not aware of what you need, here is a rundown of the basics –

  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer & Nails
  • Sandpaper
  • Vacuum Cleaner (for afterward)

Make sure to have all of the necessary safety gear as well – goggles, gloves, and a dust mask ready.

Flooring Supplies

It’s important to choose your flooring before starting any renovation work on your home (for example, converting an ensuite bedroom into a family room).

You’ll need carpeting for the main living area(s), flooring for any new storage spaces or bedrooms, and maybe even a rug in front of the fireplace for added warmth. 

Be sure to measure each room before selecting flooring so that you know exactly how much material will be needed. 

Electrical Supplies

Prepare the necessary tools and supplies before installing new electrical wiring or upgrading existing wiring, including wire cutters, wire strippers, screws, nails, and drill bits.

You can call in an electrician to help you with getting this part of the project done if you feel like you are not adept at doing it yourself.

Paint and Wallpaper

Painting or replacing the wallpaper is sometimes forgotten when a renovation/remodel is finished, it can be an afterthought, so be sure to have the appropriate supplies on hand, including paintbrushes, rollers, trowels, and tile adhesive. 

You may also need a ladder to reach high areas or a scaffold to paint a roof or turret.

Furniture and Flooring

Replacing furniture or installing new flooring in an existing room? Don’t forget to bring along boxes, pads, and straps to protect floors and furniture from damage while the room is being remodeled. 

You’ll also need couches and chairs for the new living area(s), as well as any additional accessories like end tables and coffee tables. 

Lighting and Appliances

When installing new lighting or updating old fixtures, be sure to have the necessary tools on hand, including a power drill, screwdriver, and wrench.

You’ll also need lamps (including table lamps and floor lamps), light switches, outlet covers, receptacles, and maybe even a new stove or refrigerator if they need to be replaced.


Renovating your home can be daunting. You have to plan for a lot. It can be too much for one person to handle alone.

If you think that you can tackle it on your own then hats off to you! But, if you know that some sections are going to be full-on, bringing in the professionals will help you get the home of your dreams without you having to renovate once again.


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