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Planning is an important step of any renovation project.

Spring is just around the corner, and it’s never too early to start planning your renovation projects for the year. Here are some tips for making sure you get the most out of your home renos in 2015.

1. Read and Research

Congratulations—by reading our blog you have already taken the first step towards renovation success. Read as much as you can on the type of renovation you are interested in. Looking to install a new exterior door? There are countless articles, blogs and websites, packed full of information, dos-and-donts and useful tips. When it comes to making an educated decision, you can never read too much.

2. Make a Budget

Renovations can be expensive, especially if you pay a little bit extra to ensure the highest quality work. Make a list of all your monthly expenses, everything from the cost of groceries to kids’ soccer practices. Add up your total costs and subtract the sum from your monthly income. This will offer insight into what you can afford for renovation projects.

Tip: Look for opportunities to cut frivolous costs, such as eating out or other costly outings. You will be surprised at how much money you can save with an organized budget.

3. Ask Around

It isn’t always easy to find a good contractor. Your best bet is to ask friends or family members, unbiased people you can trust, to recommend a contractor they had a good experience with. Another good strategy is to use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. A simple Facebook post asking “anyone know a good window contractor?” may lead you to finding the right company for the job.

4. Prioritize

Once you start looking for opportunities to renovate your home, it can start to feel like just about everything is in need of an upgrade. Do you have old windows with air leaks that are affecting the temperature of your home and causing your heating bill to skyrocket? Installing new, energy efficient windows should probably take priority over installing the wood floors you have always wanted.The money you save from investing in making your home more energy efficient can always be used towards your next renovation project.

If you have any questions, you can always ask your local JELD-WEN distributer about renovation options. Use our dealer locator tool to find a JELD-WEN representative near you.