Renovating your home can be a stressful task. Even under the best conditions, you can take a year or more of your life and empty out your savings account just trying to get the home you’ve always dreamed off. 
While the headaches that go along with renovation are nearly impossible to keep at bay entirely, there are ways you can get the job done right in a timely fashion. It might still be hard work – even if you’re hiring people to do the actual work – but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. 

Keep reading to learn more about how to renovate your home quickly and efficiently, even if you’re a renovation first-timer.

Find Your Contractor First
Before you start any major renovation job, even if that means just knocking a wall out or improving a bathroom, you need to get a contractor on your team. While contractor leads aren’t hard to find these days, you need somebody that understands the project and your basic needs.

For some people, finding a contractor is easiest by asking friends, family or even your neighbors. Most people won’t recommend somebody unless they had a good experience. Still, you’ll want to conduct interviews before hiring a contractor.

As a general guideline, you should interview at least three different candidates for the job. This is especially important if you’re doing a big job or a whole home renovation that could easily take six months or more to complete.

Plan in Stages
For big home renovation jobs, planning everything all at once seems like the way to go for many homeowners. The problem is that a huge renovation happening all at the same time could leave you out of your home or living through a renovation nightmare for a year.

If you’ve got a big job, try breaking it up into smaller stages. Perhaps you really need that extra room right now, but renovation the master bathroom could wait another six months?

Plan the job with your contractor, but do it in stages. This will make it easier to pay for things, get materials lined up and keep your from living in a construction zone with a dozen people you don’t know in your home for over a year.

The only time a big project needs to be done all at once is when the work must be done to live in your home.