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The thought of an updated space can be exciting but is often crushed by the reality of home renovations. Jobs you thought would be simple turn into month-long processes or somehow end up costing double what you thought it would. The key to avoiding this? Planning. Start by considering your reason for renovating and your budget for getting it done. If you’re renovating to sell your property, your strategy will be different from those making over the home they plan to stay in for the foreseeable future. This will help you set a budget which you will want to be clearly defined. From here, the planning really starts and you’ll want to consider the next steps of your home renovation.
Right from the start. Having a clear picture of how you would like your home renovation project to turn out will determine your needs from here on. This is where Pinterest boards, home magazines and display homes will be your best friend. Coming to your builders and suppliers with this will make it far quicker and easier to get the ball rolling.
If you’re using one that is. Decide on the scale of the project and whether you need a project manager and/or a builder. Then, word of mouth will be your best bet. Find out who your friends and family have had positive experiences with and keep in mind construction builders may not always be the best option for renovations. Ideally, they’ll offer a fixed-price contract with the guaranteed start and finish dates. Once you’ve shortlisted a few, ask for references, have them show you previous work and check their accreditations.
Clarify regulations before you begin the process of home renovations. This is particularly important where you’re making additions, changing the use of any rooms or making structural changes. Approval will differ from council to council but it’s best to check early. Check with your insurance provider while you’re at it, some changes can void your policy.
Getting halfway through your home renovation only to realise you should have painted BEFORE you lay your carpet can make for a stressful experience. Understanding the sequence of events necessary to complete a job most efficiently will be a big advantage. For example, most kitchen renovations follow a similar process: design, demo, rough-in or structural positioning, walls and ceilings, doors and windows, cabinets, bench and sink taps, paint and splash back, flooring, appliances and lighting, cabinet doors, then styling. It’s often the last bits of a home renovation that cost you the most and take you the longest, so understanding the process allows you to prepare and be persistent at the end.
No matter your reason for renovating, impeccable styling and decorating can be make-or-break. When furnishing a room consider putting the majority of your budget into bigger, statement pieces like wall decor or a beautiful couch and saving on soft furnishings and knick knacks. These details will make your house feel like a home.
Keep your vision simple and as clear as possible from the start. Changes to designs and materials will be the main root of all stress, delays and extra costs. Using your process and having the end result in mind the whole way will make all the difference when it comes to a successful home renovation. You’ll forget the stress when you’re relaxing in your new space, we promise!