Renovating your home is never easy. But Remodeling anything in your house is easier with professional tips and tricks.

Planning is the number one key to an effective and stress-free renovation. If you are planning the renovation yourself without using a general contractor, stay focused on the big picture while working on the smaller parts. Remember to constantly visualize the finished project because in the end even problems that will crop up along the way will all work out.

If you hire a remodeling, contractor or building company, they will access your home, requirement and budget, and provide you plans, timelines and an estimate. This will give you a good place to start. Be sure to look at the companies past work and even call some of their past customers for reviews.

Remodeling can be a tough, challenging and yes, fun process. Plus, you always have to expect the unexpected. There will always be unique surprises that can easily cause the project to experience notorious delays and over spending. It’s inevitable with even the smallest project. So being prepared for this ahead of time can somewhat ease the stress.

Here are five tips to renovate your house effectively and beautifully.

1. EFFECTIVE PLANNING

This is the first step and the most important. Start with painting a picture of what you want done, then assess and prioritize your renovation requirements. This way, you’ll be able to know your end-goal for each space and overall renovation goal of your home. With this visualized plan you can then figure out a step-by-step plan for the renovation. You may even want to make a gnat chart of sorts so you can visually see on paper the timeline it will take so you are not surprised later. At this stage, it is also important to mentally prepare yourself and anticipate the ensuing chaos from a home renovation.

2. MAKE A BUDGET AND STICK TO IT

Now you must work out the cost of your renovation. This may sound easy to just come up with a number based on how much you may have in an account or what you see on HGTV shows, but make sure you factor in everything -from structural work to contractor fees in your area to finishing touches you want. It is also very important to be realistic about what you can afford to spend and have 10 to 20 per cent for a contingency to allow for the unexpected.

3. HIRE GOOD CONTRACTORS

Hire the best contractors for your project and price range — the key takeaway here is that you have to feel comfortable and have confidence in the skills of everyone working on your home. I cannot put enough emphasis on using qualified professionals equipped with a team of skilled personnel to do the projects. Skimping here will cost you in the end; Good professional help is worth the money. Do your homework on who you hire, check out their past work and references.

4. DON’T SKIMP ON SAFETY AND QUALITY

It is very important to do the renovation right and not rush into it. Do a risk assessment with your engineers to ensure that your renovation plans structurally sound. Additionally, familiarizing with your contractor’s renovation process and tools is important as using wrong renovation tools can jeopardize the project and cause more damage. If a contractor shows you his finalized plans on loose leaf notebook paper drawn up by himself, beware. Make sure everything was measured properly and every aspect of the project taken into account.

When it comes to hardware and fixtures such as doors, kitchen cabinets and appliances, buying cheap materials is not the answer — bottom line is you get what you pay for. Invest a little and get something that’s going to stand the test of time. As Benjamin Franklin once said “ The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”

5. GET CONSENT

Don’t forget to get your renovation plans approved by your local council, municipal or city office, and allocate time for approval in your planning.

Additionally, inform your neighbors about your renovation plans and schedule to manage their expectations of noise levels and debris. It pays to keep your neighbors sane and happy in the entire process.