Whole House Renovation

Details to consider when a large renovation is in order


picture of front of house remodel

If you are considering a project that requires a whole house renovation, you should realistically look at it from the standpoint of virtually rebuilding the entire house – from the inside out.

In some cases, total rehab may be the only reasonable approach toward a successful flip. You simply should not look at this type of renovation as a quick fix, either time-wise, or money spent.


Rehab Details

Interior

  • Make sure you have proper liability insurance coverage for the house.
  • Building permit. Most states require some sort of permit to build or alter (remove) any interior wall within a residential or commercial building. If you fail to get a permit, it will result in work stoppage, and possible penalties in the form of fines.
  • When you actually start your whole house renovation, secure a large dumpster to remove all of your refuse material.
  • Some required demolition will allow you to work outward from the exposed framing studs much more easily and efficiently.
  • Perform any required framing at this point.
  • Line up experienced, professional mechanical (plumbing, electrical, HVAC) contractors who are comfortable with any type housing, especially older homes. It makes good sense to use professional sub-contractors such as these, because they offer a guarantee on parts and labor. Not only that, but they probably carry more than enough liability and worker’s comp insurance. It’s always a good idea to ask for proof of insurance up front. Same for guarantees of workmanship and components. Always get it in writing.
  • Install new windows if necessary.
  • Add wall and attic insulation at this point.
  • Hang and finish drywall
  • Install trim work and doors.
  • Prime and paint all ceilings, walls, trim work and doors.

Tip:  When painting the doors, trim work, baseboards, etc., remove all hardware such as doorknobs, strike plates, door stops, window locks, and the like. Takes a little extra time to do but well worth it when you consider that careless work reflects badly on your overall project image, especially if it’s an expensive remodel.

Please visit our Remodeling Tips page for more subtle, yet essential remodeling finishing touches.


  • Install any cabinetry in the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Install flooring.
  • Take care of hardware installation throughout the house such as doorknobs, door stops, window locks, cabinet pulls, and bathroom hardware (towel racks, paper dispenser).
  • Do any and all final clean.

Exterior

  • Take care of siding and gutter issues along with exterior painting of trim, sofit, and siding if necessary..
  • Take notice of the condition of roof and gutters. Replace if necessary.
  • Install simple, yet attractive landscaping.

These are basic details HFH considers to be important when attempting to complete a whole house renovation. And again, remember that when you hire a sub contractor such as a plumber, a painter, or a drywall installer and finisher, always ask for proof of insurance, and any guarantees that they may have for workmanship and materials.

See also …

If you want to successfully manage the project yourself, please go to our Remodeling Guide page for more detailed information.