Things to Consider when Planning a Home Renovation
Taking a leap and diving into the renovation of your home is quite an endeavour. It takes a lot of money and planning, as well as good organization. However, we tend to get carried away and let the whole situation get out of our hands. Once you decide to renovate one part of your home, it could go on forever. If you only want to paint the living room, you might start thinking about the kitchen, too. Once the kitchen walls are done, you may realize the furniture is old and ugly or you need a new stove, oven or sink. As long as you’re thinking about sinks, you start reconsidering your bathroom and find many flaws you’d like to repair there, too. This can go on forever. That is why planning is key and we’re here to help.
Have enough money
Before you start remodelling, make sure you’ve prepared enough money to cover not only the essentials, but some unexpected expenses, as well. You should hope for the best, but still be prepared for the worst, or at least a bit worse than expected. There could be some broken tiles, so you’d have to buy more. Alternatively, the furniture you wanted is out of stock and you need to buy a slightly more expensive set. Not to mention the possibility of your renovation contractor being on holiday or unavailable so you’d need another one. These are all unpredicted expenses, but you should have a backup budget in that case.
Find the right contractor
When it comes to trusting someone with your home, it can be very tricky. It’s always a risk unless you know and trust someone already. However, most of us don’t have a trusted person or company that provide such services and we often find ourselves in a pickle when it’s time to find them. This is the time to use all your resources such as your friends and contacts, as well as the internet to find a plumber with good recommendations.
Start on time
Another important notion is to start on time. That means to have the season and weather conditions in mind when you start renovating your house. Give your wall paint an opportunity to dry as fast as possible, which is during the summer or spring. Also, if you’re doing a full renovation of your shed, for instance, do it when you least need it and make sure it’s finished on time before you need to use it again on a regular basis.
Being prepared is key to any successful endeavour. For example, if you need to renovate your bath tub or shower, know that it won’t be functional until the end of the process. That is why you need to know how long the renovation is going to last, as well as make arrangements regarding where you will be showering in the meantime. Also, do your best to make it easier for yourself and the workers and do anything you can in advance.
To sum up, the most important thing about renovation is good organization and a rational mind. Always be aware of your financials and the ongoing expenses, as well as the time. Keep track of whether or not things are happening according to the plan or you need to make some alterations. Anyways, the more in control you are, the better.