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Applying the MoSCoW Method to Your Home Building Project

Hello everyone!

There is an interesting project management technique called the MoSCoW method and thought it could be incredibly useful for anyone here planning to build or renovate their home. This method helps prioritise your project requirements into four categories: Must Haves, Should Haves, Could Haves, and Won’t Haves.

Must Haves are essential for the project’s success. For example, a solid foundation, proper wiring, and plumbing are non-negotiables for a functional house.

Should Haves might include elements like energy-efficient windows or hardwood floors—important but not critical. These features enhance comfort and functionality.

Could Haves are desirable features like a home automation system or a luxury kitchen island. Nice to have if the budget allows, but not essential.

Won’t Haves are features you decide to exclude right from the start, which helps keep the focus and budget under control.

I think this method can help maintain clarity and control in home building projects, especially for first-time builders who might feel overwhelmed by the scope of their project.

Has anyone here used the MoSCoW method in their construction projects? What were your ‘Must Haves’ and ‘Won’t Haves’? Do you find categorising your priorities this way helpful in managing your budget and expectations?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and experiences!

We wrote a blog post on the same topic which you can read here