House renovation is stressful as is, so there’s no need to add more tension by going into it completely unprepared. Here are ten things you have to consider before you start this adventure so that you don’t seemingly fail even before demo day.
Not knowing what you expect from the renovation is a classic beginner mistake. It’s not enough to want to redo the kitchen, spruce up the bathroom, and change the layout of the living room. You need ideas of how it all should look like. Better yet, you ought to know what you would love and what you would hate to see in your house.
Have you learnt more about your wants and needs and think you’re now ready to start? Think again! Before going into the whole renovation, you have to determine which upgrades are realistic. Above all, you have to plan out everything so well that your budget doesn’t suffer or jeopardise your future. And speaking of which…
Even if you have all the money in the world, you don’t want it to go to waste. Therefore, run the numbers multiple times and make sure you’re not overspending on meaningless things. If you don’t know how much something would cost, ask around or hop online to check. Even estimates are better than going into the renovation cluelessly.
Of course, the time and date will depend on the builders, as well. However, you can determine the period when the renovation should take place. Once you pick the builders, you can go through all the details and determine how much it should take realistically.
The bulk of your budget will go into the renovation, but what will you do afterwards? Will you take your old couch and place it in your newly refurbished living room? Of course not! You have to allocate some money for the interior as well. Otherwise, you won’t even be able to tell you’ve renovated.
Maybe you think you can tackle some parts of the renovation yourself. Still, do consider how much time you have and your skill level. In any case, if you’re already hiring builders, it’s best not to be in their way. Trust their expertise, as they’ve probably been in the business for a while now.
If your whole house is being renovated, you should consider moving someplace else in the meantime. Dust, debris, and noise, as well as a house full of builders, is not the most suitable living arrangement for families, especially if they consist of children too.
Before ordering everything you need, consider the fact that most things will be new — but will they be high-quality? For your renovation investment to pay off in the long run, don’t skimp on the essential stuff, like building materials and appliances.
The renovation timeline is not set in stone, and many unexpected things could happen in the meantime. Therefore, make sure the due date is somewhat flexible. Insist on respecting it, but don’t start panicking as soon as it approaches.
Lastly, remember to vet your local builders before hiring them. It’s crucial to get their references and see if their work is truly as good as they say it is. Additionally, make sure you’re all on the same page contract- and timeline-wise — you don’t want any nasty surprises when you’re already knee-deep in dust and rubble.