If you’re thinking about renovating a sunroom, the good news is that sunrooms are among the most affordable renovations, because they’re simple and often have no electrical, plumbing, or insulation concerns to think about. But just because it’s simpler than other remodels doesn’t mean sunroom renovations are necessarily simple. There are a lot of things to think about while you budget and plan. Here are our top tips for budgeting for your sunroom renovation cost:

Decide what you can keep and what needs to go
Before you start to budget, you’ll want to take inventory of what you have and what you need. This includes deciding what you want to keep in your current sunroom, whether it’s staying exactly the same or being repurposed or remodeled. Do you want to repurpose your furniture, continue using it as is, or purchase all new? Keep the current flooring in place, or replace it? When you’ve taken inventory, budget accordingly but make sure to build in a little extra wiggle room in case you change your mind, or something doesn’t go as planned.

Talk to a professional during the budgeting process
Even if you are planning to do most of your sunroom renovation yourself, it’s always a good idea to talk to a professional contractor or builder upfront. While you will have to pay for a consultation, talking to someone with experience and training can help save you time and money later on.

Think how to best use your space; don’t be committed to your current layout
Before you create a budget that simply replaces your current furniture, design, and more with the same basic layout, go back to the basics and think about whether a brand-new layout might be more useful. It might be difficult to see past the current layout of your sunroom, but try and think outside the box and decide if there’s a better way to use your space. You’re renovating, after all, and it’s time for a change. Talking with a professional will help with this—they will have training and experience and will be able to suggest the most efficient and optimal ways to use your space for what you need and want.