The Dos and Don’ts of Renovating your Home
Renovating your home can be a daunting task when done without the proper preparation. Experience has shown that there are certain things that must be done and others that mustn’t. Here you will learn some of the dos and don’ts that will help you tackle your home renovation in an easy and successful way.
Do # 1: Organize yourself
Being organized is key to a successful renovation. It implies preparation and choosing the correct sequence for the renovation process. Here are some points to consider:
- Renovate the floors first.
- While renovating, cover the floors to avoid any damage.
- Painting should be done at the end of the process.
- Once you have finished the renovation, don’t forget to wash the windows.
And, while planning, use the opportunity to learn the lingo. It will help you greatly when communicating with people.
Do # 2: Organize your buys
You need two types of buys: renovation accessories and new things for your home. Make a list of all necessary renovation accessories, such as rolling racks to store your clothes during closet renovations.
When buying new things for your home, create a paper template of them. In this manner, it will give you a good idea of how it fits in the place. Also consider buying beautiful mirrors, as they are the cheapest decorating artifact. Also, consider shades and other elements that can help you keep your privacy and the privacy of your family.
Do # 3: Take pictures
Your home is a long term investment. It is the place where good and bad times happen. So take pictures of the old and new place, and of the renovation process. In this manner, you can see the differences and keep records of the renovations done.
Do # 4: Set a realistic budget
Once you have an idea of what you want to renovate, set a realistic budget, and adjust your plans accordingly. Consider an amount between 10 to 20 percent for unexpected expenses. Depending on the size of the renovation, you need to consider whether you are able to finance the project with your savings or if you should get financial assistance in the form of a personal loan. Dipping into your savings gives you an immediate ability to start the project, however, make sure that you save enough for any unforeseen circumstances. Generally speaking, a personal loan is a worthwhile endeavor if the size of the renovation isn’t too big and you’re able to pay it off in a short amount of time. If the renovation is more extensive (and depending on your financial situation), then you might consider getting your mortgage refinanced. Either through your bank or lending broker, you can see how much potential equity you might have and thanks to online calculation tools, you can get the exact figure of how much your new loan will add to your mortgage and ongoing payments. Once you start spending, keep notes of all expenditures and all receipts. Knowing what you are spending will give you peace of mind.
Do # 5: Check if you need a permit
In many cities, major renovations require a special permit or building plan. So, check with your local council or government authority beforehand, if you need one. Minor remodels, like paint or floor renovations, usually don’t require a permit. However, things such as adding new rooms or fences may require one.
Do # 6: Set a realistic timeframe
Setting a realistic timeframe is key to success. Ask the experts for timescales. Check your budget, as it will define what you can and cannot do. It is useful to set an optimistic, average and a pessimistic target date. In this manner, you are covered for any unexpected problem(s) that may appear. Keep a calendar and track all tasks done during the process.
Do # 7: Manage your contracts
Be the manager of your renovations. Don’t pay money in advance. If you are asked money for materials, try to order them yourself. Also, try to use off-the-shelf products, and to choose materials that are readily available and easy to acquire and use. Think about using existing materials, even reused ones. Check online for second-hand items, such as roof tiles, doors, and bricks. Using them can save you a lot of money. Do proper research and ask a lot of questions. Consult the experts and be prepared for quick decision making. Remember that time is money, and unexpected circumstances will require your quick response. Choose professionals with a good and proven professional record.
Don’t # 1: Never ignore safety
When it comes to home renovations, always put safety first. This includes not only people working but also you and your family. Familiarize yourself with what is needed, such as goggles, gloves, safety hats, and first aid kits. Make sure that they are correctly used and at hand.
Don’t # 2: Don’t forget to consider cheap and easy ways
Renovating your home can be quite costly. However, there are many ways to save money and get great results. For example, one of the cheapest ways to refresh a room is by painting it. You can even do it yourself. Replacing cabinet handles in the kitchen and bathroom is very easy, and can mean a way to change the style of your place. Making minor repairs, such as chipped paint, can also invigorate your home.
Don’t # 3: Don’t change your mind
Once you have a vision and a subsequent design that fits your budget, stick to them. It is quite common to start doubting and ask yourself questions such as “what if …?” Stay relaxed and remember that you have made an informed decision.
There you have it. The most important dos and don’ts for your next home renovation. Just follow your dream, be mindful of your budget and make a thorough plan, and everything will go smoothly.
Sofia is a passionate writer from Sydney. She also enjoys decorating houses and engaging in home renovation projects. That is why she loves sharing her experience and advice with other people through her writing. Besides this, she loves technology and gadgets which can help us get through a busy workday.