Turning A House Into A Home: A Manageable Renovation Plan

Ever watch episodes of a home search TV show? If you do, you’ll soon learn that outside of a custom build, no new home will be ideal. There are always trade-offs. You will want to put your personal stamp on the new abode.

Some homeowners get an adrenaline rush from gutting and redoing a home completely. Others are up for the challenge of renovating some areas (just not all). Still others hope to keep home improvements to a minimum.

Whichever is the case for you, there are some fundamental guidelines to keep in mind. These can help keep you and the project on point. You can refer to them during the most intensive phase of your home remodel.

Renovations generally take longer and involve more resources than expected. It’s best to plan on it. If everything does go according to plan, consider yourself lucky.

We want your project to be successful and fulfilling. ProSource has a wide range of wholesale products to make it so. You can take advantage of our in-house expertise and design resources.

Whatever the scope of your home improvement project, we have recommendations for you. These are fundamentals for where to begin and how to keep everything on point.

Fundamental Home Renovation Guidelines


  • Longer timeframe for completion (averaging around 20 percent)
  • Additional costs (averaging between 10 to 20 percent)
  • Setbacks (materials and/or labor delays, surprise repairs)
  • Changes (layout/configuration, materials, timing)
  • Disruption to your normal routine and some inconvenience


  • The end game and what it takes to get there
  • The process (what you will learn as a result)
  • Changes (those that result in better solutions)
  • Milestones achieved

What to Do

  • Set realistic expectations
  • Set a realistic budget
  • Know what you want but be willing to make adjustments
  • Be organized
  • Practice patience
  • Track progress and costs
  • Be prepared to live around/through construction
  • Work with experts (like your ProSource Showroom team)

What Not to Do

  • Don’t go into a renovation without a plan
  • Don’t make ad hoc changes
  • Don’t let creeping expenses impact your budget

Our team is ready to help. You’ll have your own account representative to assist with the overall project, including product selection and finding a trade professional. You can also enlist the expertise from one of our in-house kitchen and bath designers.

As soon as your renovation is complete, you can look back and appreciate the journey to get there. You’ll know you’ve learned something new that will benefit you with any future home remodel projects. You’ll appreciate the steps you took to set expectations and track the process. You will have new organizational skills to serve you well in any situation.

We look forward to being a partner in your renovation project. Contact your local showroom today and show us the inspiration ideas you’ve saved to your myProSource Project Center. We can lend as much of a hand as you wish. We can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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