When it comes to renovating your home, there are 2 irrefutable truths- It’s definitely going to take longer than you expected, and the project will go over-budget. If you are planning on renovating your home, apart from these two things, there are a number of other things to know when renovating your home; take a look at what they are:
The Right Planning
Regardless of whether it’s just a small kitchen renovation or a much larger extension you want, proper planning is crucial. It’s important that you conduct a bit of homework with reference to the contractor, the design and ideas you want them to work on, the materials and the function aspects:
- The very first thing you have to take into consideration is deciding how you want to use the available space
- Look at different design magazines
- Visit stores, look at the latest materials and their prices
- It’s also important to time the project right – summer is the best time to make those renovations you want
Define Your Project Goals
This is a very vital part of any renovation project. Have a very clear understanding about what your goals are. For instance, are you planning on renovating your kitchen only because you felt you wanted a change of colour? Or do you want to improve its efficiency and functionality? These kinds of questions and their answers will help you stay on track and your contractor will also be able to follow your instructions in a more methodical manner.
There are times when you feel that adding that extension is the only way you will be able to create some additional space for your family. But think again, about whether you really need to. Get some advice from a designer on whether smaller wall alterations will help you achieve the same goal. You may just find that reorganising the existing space and pulling-down or building a few walls will help provide better and more economical solutions.
Your focus should be on adopting space-saving ideas and using smart storage to use the existing space optimally. Get rid of large furniture and replace it with pieces that are more space-appropriate, get rid of all the clutter, and you might find that no major renovation was required after all.
When you look for new features for your home, functionality is the first aspect you should take into consideration. There are bound to be certain design choices which seem aesthetically appealing, but if they don’t have any real purpose, it’s a waste of time, money and energy. When you are shopping for appliances and furniture to complete the renovation project, ask yourself some basic questions such as:
- What exactly is this piece going to do for me?
- Is it only a decorative piece or does it serve a purpose too?
- Is it going to improve my current living space?
Answering these questions will help you make smarter decisions while buying anything new for your home.
If you are planning on making some structural changes like adding a floor or an extension, or building a room over your garage etc, take the resale value of your property into consideration. Even if you aren’t planning on moving home over the next few years, keep in mind that your home is essentially an investment. The renovations you consider should add to the value of your home. For example, upgrading kitchen and bathroom spaces can significantly add to the resale value of a property.
While you do all of this, choose your contractor with care. The person should be in-sync with your ideas and goals and be able to provide advice and high grade services. He should also have the qualifications, be insured and have the resources to handle the job to your satisfaction. Some renovations will need a permit and you should check whether your contractor can help you acquire those.
Ideally, the contractor you choose to handle the renovation should be able to tackle every aspect of the project from start to end, maintain timelines and work within your budget. If you pay attention to all these factors, you will find that you are able to create spaces that you will love coming home to every single day.
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