Ready to renovate? Here's the first move you should make

Remodeling spending today is up 30% from its low point. Single-family construction spending has doubled, and depending on where you live, a project that cost $50,000 in 2010 might now come in at $60,000 to $70,000. In every home renovation, most of the savings is in the planning. This will allow you to put a clear vision of what you want to accomplish and a sense of what you can spend. Whether you're renovating an entire home or a single area, it's a big thing to be able to cut back on expenses. To get the best help, you'll need to be strategic.

Read the entire article here: http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/01/real_estate/home-renovation.moneymag/index.html