Step-by-step Home Renovation Checklist

Embarking on a significant home renovation project can be a daunting yet exhilarating experience. With a myriad of decisions to make and processes to oversee, a clear and comprehensive step-by-step home renovation checklist is invaluable. Legacy Builders Group of Cincinnati created this guide to walk you through each stage of the renovation process, ensuring that nothing is overlooked. From initial planning to the final quality check, we’ll cover essential steps to ensure you have the information you need to make your remodeling journey as smooth and stress-free as possible.

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Initial Planning and Assessment

Before diving into the renovation, it's crucial to lay a solid foundation with thorough planning and assessment. Here's your starting checklist.

Define Your Goals

  • Understand why you're renovating. Is it for increased comfort, aesthetic appeal, or property value? This will guide your decisions.
  • Determine which areas of your house need renovation and why. Identify priorities.

Set a Budget

  • Estimate how much you’re willing to spend. Consider consulting with professionals for a rough idea of costs and your lender if you require financing.
  • Remember to include a buffer for unexpected expenses.

Design Preferences

  • Collect design ideas and inspirations for your renovation.
  • Think about the style and functionality you want to achieve.

Long-term Plans

  • Consider how your renovation fits into your long-term living plans.
  • Weave new ideas into your plans based on your vision.


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Creating a Room-by-Room Checklist

What kind of projects should you consider during a major remodel? Breaking down your renovation project room by room helps in managing the process more efficiently. 


  • Check for updates needed in appliances, cabinets, countertops, and plumbing.
  • Consider space utilization and storage options. What needs a place?


  • Assess the need for new fixtures, tiles, or a complete layout change.
  • Look into efficient lighting and water-saving fixtures.

Living Room

  • Plan for new paint, flooring, or major changes like window installations.
  • Think about lighting, built-ins, and electrical needs for entertainment systems.


  • Evaluate the need to optimize or expand closet space.
  • Consider lighting, window placements, and flooring.
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Consultation with Professionals and Securing Permits

For extensive remodeling projects in Cincinnati, partnering with professional remodelers like Legacy Builders Group and understanding the permit process are key steps.

Choosing the Right Professional

  • Research and select a reputable remodeling company with experience in the type of project you're planning. Design-build remodeling, where one company handles the entire process, is increasingly popular due to the superior experience and beautiful results.
  • We’d love to be considered. Legacy Builders Group can provide expert guidance, from initial design concepts to the final touches.

Understanding the Role of Your Remodeler in Permit Acquisition

Your professional remodeler will identify the permits required for your renovation. This can include structural, electrical, plumbing, or zoning permits, depending on the project's scope. We will handle the complexities of the permitting process, ensuring all renovations comply with local codes and regulations.

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Scheduling and Timelines

A well-planned remodeling schedule is crucial for a smooth renovation process.

  • Developing a Realistic Timeline: Your team will work with you to create a timeline that considers all aspects of the renovation, from demolition to final inspections.
  • Flexibility and Adjustments: While a schedule is essential, flexibility is key. Unforeseen challenges may arise, requiring adjustments to the plan. 
  • Staying Informed and Involved: As your remodeling partner, we will keep you updated on progress and any changes to the schedule.

Preparing for the Renovation

Getting your home ready for a remodel is as crucial as the renovation itself. Proper preparation can minimize stress and disruption to your daily life.

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Clearing the Space

  • Remove furniture and personal items from the areas to be renovated. Consider renting a storage unit for larger items.
  • Protect fixed elements like built-in cabinets or flooring in areas adjacent to the renovation site.

Alternative Living Spaces

  • If you're renovating key areas like the kitchen or bathroom, set up temporary spaces to carry out daily activities. For example, you could create a makeshift kitchen in another part of the house. Plan for the impact on daily routines, particularly if you have children or pets.
  • For major renovations or remodels in vital spaces such as kitchens, it may make sense to secure alternate arrangements during your home remodel.

Safety Measures

  • Discuss safety protocols with your contractor, particularly regarding dust, debris, and tool storage.
  • Follow all protocols your team advises while your home is an active construction site.

Execution Phase

This is where your plans and preparations materialize into action. Understanding each step helps you monitor the project's progress and set your expectations.

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Demolition and Structural Changes

  • The project begins with demolition, followed by any structural changes like wall removal or additions.
  • During this phase, expect noise dust. There will be extra upheaval if you make significant changes to the home’s layout.

Installation of Systems

  • Next, we install or upgrade essential systems like plumbing, electrical, and HVAC.
  • This phase requires precision and should adhere strictly to building codes and standards.

Insulation and Drywall

  • Once the structure and systems are in place, it’s time for insulation, followed by drywall installation.

Painting and Finishing

  • After the walls are ready, painting begins. This phase brings the visual aspect of your renovation to life.
  • Following painting, we install fixtures, cabinetry, trim, and other final touches.

Final Walkthrough and Quality Check

  • You will conduct a final walkthrough with your contractor to ensure all aspects of the project meet your expectations.
  • Discuss any final adjustments or touch-ups needed before concluding the project.

Cincinnati, OH living room remodel with circular pendant light and fireplaceEach stage, from the initial planning to the post-renovation review, plays a crucial role in achieving the desired outcome. If you’re ready to start your renovation journey in Cincinnati or the surrounding areas, contact Legacy Builders Group to start planning your dream renovation today.