Whether a part of your home is in desperate need of a remodel, or you simply want to start all over with the decor and feel – there are vital things to consider during the renovation process. Here are the main seven things you shouldn’t forget when renovating your home.
1. Plan and stay Organize!
Like anyone else ready to renovate their home from the bottom up, excitement can make you forget that a lot of prep work needs to be done before diving into anything. Make sure you have an action plan on how to handle deconstructing and gutting certain areas, make a schedule of when to commit to specific actions – such as painting and deep-cleaning, etc., and of course, stick to your plan! With an organised plan keeping tabs on everything you need to do, you never need to worry about feeling frazzled in the midst of the chaotic but exciting renovation process.
2. Budget, budget, budget!
While building your dream house is the ultimate goal, it’s important to not get too ahead of yourself with what you can actually afford. Therefore, you need to be firm with yourself on a budget and prepare yourself for things going wrong. By knowing your budget while still having a cushion of extra money, you can rest assured that there won’t be any financial issues to worry about.
3. Find a reliable interior designer
Your interior designer should always meet your expectations. They are the foundation for aiding you in tackling big projects, such as replacing the roof and tearing down or building walls. Look at portfolios online to make sure their style is to your taste. Shop around, interview at least three designers and ask for references.
4. Insurance and Permits
Homeowner's insurance will protect your home and contents as well as any renovation work you have done. In addition to having homeowner’s insurance, make sure you have the proper permits to renovate in the first place. Permits need to be issued for safety reasons since renovating an entire home is hazardous to both the homeowner and neighborhood’s safety, and contractors may do work with plumbing and electrical outlets.
5. Go Green!
Renovating a house is expensive. However, you can easily cut costs in areas that would benefit from a well-needed investment. Mainly, look to save money by using energy-savings appliances. In the long-run, the purchase of them not only contributes to reducing energy consumption and positively affecting the surrounding environment, you sufficiently utilise energy in your household to prevent unexpected spikes in the energy bill.