If you never see your old bathroom tile again, it would still be too soon. If someone broke into your home tonight and stole your kitchen cabinets, you wouldn’t bother calling the police. And if you have to look at the garish wallpaper in your bedroom one more time, you’ll yell loud enough to scare birds out of trees in neighboring cities.


If any of the above statements are true, then you’ve probably been ready to remodel your home for a very long time. But that doesn’t mean you’re prepared to remodel your home. Like any other home improvement project, foresight and planning are the keys to success.


Not sure where to begin? Then consider Wensmann Contractors your friendly home remodeling guru. Here are all the steps you should take!

Write Down Your Plan

You have a lot of great ideas for your remodel. Take a moment to write them all down so you don’t omit a single detail when you meet with your remodeling team. Simplify the outline by breaking down your remodeling project into what you want done in each room.


Once you’ve written down a comprehensive plan, single out any items that you may be able to take care of by yourself. It’s not the easiest work, but most anyone can paint their own walls  or cabinets.

Look Into Permits

If you are doing the remodel yourself, make certain not to incur your local municipality’s wrath by failing to pull any necessary permits. If you are hiring a reputable home remodeling contractor to do the work for you, they will take care of this essential step for you.

Determine Your Budget

Now comes the least fun part of remodeling: paying for it. Check out our comprehensive guide on how to budget for a home remodeling project, and remember: with a little extra effort, there’s a lot you can do to save on remodeling costs.

Choose Your General Contractor

If your remodel has a lot of moving parts – and requires more skillsets than a single handyman would likely possess – then you’re best off hiring a general contractor to handle the whole project for you. Their experience and established working relationships with a broad variety of subcontractors will save you time, money and hassle.

Prioritize Your Projects

Generally speaking, you want a remodel’s larger, messier projects to precede the smaller, more delicate ones. For example, if you plan on painting a room, you absolutely want the paint to dry before you even think about laying down carpeting.


Each remodel usually has its own unique steps, but it’s generally best to start with utilities, then move on to larger projects, then the smaller ones, and conclude with the finishing touches. If you’re uncertain what constitutes a large or small project, defer to your contractor!

Set a Timeline

It’s always best to set a timeline for your remodel. It keeps things moving along, and gives you a goal to look forward to.


Different projects usually call for different lengths of time. The amount of time you’ll need to spend remodeling a given room depends on the scale and scope of the improvements you’re making to it. That said, timelines typically look like this:


  • Deck – 1 week
  • Bedroom2-3 weeks
  • Bathroom – 3 weeks
  • Basement – 3 weeks
  • Kitchen – 3-12 weeks
  • Room Addition – 6-12 weeks


Bear holidays and material delivery times in mind while you’re devising your timeline. Once you’ve come up with a timeframe, add a few days to accommodate any unpredictable hiccups. And remember: a competent contractor can dramatically shorten the amount of time it takes to complete a remodel.

Plan for Unforeseen Problems

Expect the unexpected. In addition to allocating additional time for your remodel, make sure to set extra money aside as well – preferably 20-30 percent of the original cost estimate. That way if you encounter a surprise such as water damage or outdated wiring, you’ll still have the funds you need to complete the project. No one enjoys living in a partially remodeled home!

Prepare for Limited Use of Your Home

Get ready to make do without the rooms you’re remodeling. If you’re going without your kitchen, prepare a temporary place to cook in and throw away food before it spoils. If you’re going without your bedroom, set up a bed in another room of your home and set aside any clothing you intend to wear during the coming few weeks. And if you’re temporarily downgrading to a single bathroom, make certain to relocate all the products you’ll need.

Plan for Cleanup

A good contractor will complete your remodel without leaving behind any mess for you to worry about. But if you are doing the work yourself (or hiring a less-than-good contractor), then you should figure out how you’re going to dispose of all the debris that will be left behind, and also plan to deep clean the newly renovated space once it’s finished.


If you’re planning a remodel in Central Minnesota, then we welcome you to contact Wensmann Contractors today! Our local, family-owned business takes pride in minimizing our client’s stress and budget, as well as performing the high-quality work that always exceeds their expectations. We’ll even help you plan!