Table of Contents
- The importance of a budget
- Be realistic about the amount of work possible
- Decide up front which things you want to splash out on
- Visualize what you want the end product to look like
- Know the things that may need upgrading
- Check out your contractor and subcontractors well
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew
- Psych yourself up – it can be difficult living through a renovation.
- Positivity is the best policy
Home renovation is very exciting but often that excitement disappears quickly because of unexpected problems that come up which often stretch the budget and cause stress. Fortunately, it is often possible to avoid these difficulties from the outset by being vigilant and watching out for the warning signs. So before beginning your project it is worth considering the following helpful tips.
The importance of a budget
Maybe it is obvious to state that any renovation project must have a budget so that you can keep an eye on your expenses, but sometimes your ideas and excitement don’t match up with the sum of money that you have put aside for the project.
If you like to play online at a jackpot casino for instance, it is likely that you will know beforehand what budget you allow yourself. Before you start a renovation project, it is wise to get a good understanding of how much things are going to cost, from materials to labor so you have a good clear picture.
It is inspiring to watch interior design programs on television and get ideas for your project. However, it is not useful to rely on the costs that they might suggest for material and labor as it is likely to not correspond to your situation in terms of where you live or the time at which the show was aired.
It will benefit you to have a contractor look over your figures and see if your budget is a realistic one. Also an important factor to add into your budget is a contingency amount, for those unexpected issues that might arise.
Be realistic about the amount of work possible
After calculating your budget, you need to look at timing of work and what exactly that should cover. It’s important to look at what really needs to be done as opposed to what you would like to see done. Getting realistic about your expectations will help to keep your project on track and help with organizing when different jobs take place.
Decide up front which things you want to splash out on
It’s okay to want to splurge on some items but it is important to know what these are at the outset. They should be part of the budget. This will help you to stay within your set plan. Some things may be worth paying more for, things that you use regularly so it is worth thinking about this.
Also, if you don’t have a large budget, it may be worth cutting back on things that can be changed easily later on and paying more for those things that are not so easily replaced.
Visualize what you want the end product to look like
The more prepared you are at the outset the smoother the project is likely to go. It is useful to choose practically everything before you start. From your choice of floor tiles to kitchen appliances.
Prepare yourself well beforehand because as the renovation proceeds you will need to make decisions, often very quickly, or you will hold up the progress of the project. You should visit your favorite stores and check out all the different materials available and when you see things that really speak to you, buy them now and store them until they are needed.
Browsing the web can give you lots of ideas and sites like Pinterest are worth checking out.
Know the things that may need upgrading
Sometimes things that are already in your home may need dealing with or completely renewing, like existing plumbing or electrical issues. You know how your home functions now and how you would like it to function in your future renovated home. These should be explored and discussed with your contractor and then included in the budget.
Check out your contractor and subcontractors well
It really doesn’t matter if you choose one contractor to take on the whole renovation or hire different subcontractors for each particular task, the important thing is that you know who you are hiring and if they can do the job. A thorough check is probably the best way to go. Make sure they are in fact a licensed contractor and are insured.
Obviously, recommendations from previous clients or friends is useful and even visiting some of the contractor’s previous projects is recommended if that is possible. You should definitely meet in person before closing on any project just to ensure that the chemistry between you works. Not doing this can cause many tears later on.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew
Home improvement programs on TV can be very inspiring but often make quite difficult home renovation projects look very easy to accomplish. It could be that they are easy for those experienced DIY fans but for the average layman they can prove very complicated.
It is important to be realistic about your skills and how you want the finished renovation to look. You may think you are saving money by doing it yourself. But it could well be a false saving if you have to bring in a professional afterwards to redo your work.
Psych yourself up – it can be difficult living through a renovation.
Renovating the home you are currently occupying can be really challenging. The whole house will likely be upside down and full of dust and dirt. Some contractors are really good about cleaning up after themselves but it will still be difficult, especially if you are overly fussy.
For some people it may be worth finding alternative accommodation for the period of the project and this way reducing the stress.
Positivity is the best policy
Often during a home renovation there are hiccups. Problems come up, things slow up or don’t go according to schedule. It is useful to know this at the outset. But we all want and expect things to go smoothly. There are many different areas of work in a renovation and many people involved so it is perhaps too much to expect that everything will always go right. Sometimes these problems can also affect the budget which can be stressful.
However, it is important to keep the big picture in mind. Know that ‘this too shall pass’. Try to keep things in perspective. Problems can be solved and know that this situation is temporary. A positive attitude will help you see the project through and maybe help you to enjoy the experience at the same time.