If you’re at the stage where you’re looking into renovating your home, then firstly, how exciting. But secondly, it’s also likely to be a little daunting. The success of renovating a house relies largely on being prepared for what lies ahead and, to a certain degree, an expectation that there will be some surprises in store.
It’s important to consider a few factors before you embark headfirst into a journey like and it’s important to take time to consider long-term decisions for your house. Planning the right layout and even spending more on the right finishes can result in adding value to your renovated home. Let’s go.
It’s easy to get carried away when you have the finances to fund such a venture and you’ll be snowed under with the number of options available. Don’t make any sudden decisions at this point, as you’ll want to ensure that you won’t have a change of heart or see something else you’d like further down the line.
Remember that you will want to be fully prepared for what lies ahead and although things may not go to plan, you will have done your initial research and will hopefully be aware of some of the bumps along the road.
Now is the time to consider long term decisions and how they factor into your planning process.
Fully planning the scope and schedule for your renovation can be a big-time and budget saver. This is when architects and interior designers can help remarkably. They can assist their clients not only in specifying how the shell of the home will be re-structured, but what the best finishes will be for space. For example, whether you need to add walls or work on refinishing your wood floors.
Homeowners should have a budget in mind or an amount they know they are comfortable spending or not spending for that matter. Prioritize for the essential home improvements, such as plumbing and lighting. By providing a budget, a qualified builder, designer or architect will be able to tell you very quickly if your dreams can become reality.
If choices need to be made for your budget or scheduling purposes, then you need to prioritize. It’s likely that you’ll want to start with the main areas of the home that need renovating – such as the kitchen and bathroom, simply because they will make your homes feel more comfortable and liveable straight away. They also ultimately lead to a bigger return on your investment.
Set realistic timelines for each phase of your renovation. Remember that it will always take longer than you think it will. The start date, a completion date, a detailed list of what is going to be done and what is not is part of the process when refreshing your home. Take your time with it and integrate these steps to make it a smoother and more fun process.