Published on June 21st, 2019
Are you thinking of renovating your home? Maybe you’re planning on selling it or you’re simply tired of how plain your home looks. Redecorating or redesigning your home can be a stressful experience.
Chances are you’ll be happy with the final result—but only if it’s done right. Whatever your reasons, we’re going to outline a few handy tips you must keep in mind before—and throughout—the process.
We’re certain that by incorporating these tips, the home renovation process will be smoother than you think.
1. Pick The Right Contractor
The first step is to pick the right person for the job to avoid disappointments. This means engaging the services of a professional company that has experience in home renovation projects. Professional companies will be
- Which products and materials to use for each individual task
- The right renovation and hoisting equipment to use that’ll enable them to perform the job quickly & effectively
- Expert opinion and guidance by giving you all the design options to consider
2. Make Sure You Have A Plan In Place
Next, you must have a design or floor plan in place. It’s advisable to write down all your plans on paper. Make sure you also hire a professional designer or architect depending on the nature of the job.
By having your plan well written out, you get to pick up on any problems before structures are built. This will save you the hassle of having to change your decisions in the future.
3. Make Quick Decisions
Renovating your home isn’t a one-day process. Granted, it’s going to take time to complete, but the process doesn’t have to take longer than necessary. Before blaming the contractor for taking too long, make sure you play your part; don’t delay decisions.
As mentioned earlier, part of a contractor’s job includes giving you a list of possible design options. And the quicker you approve the designs, the better. It’s advisable to make decisions—big or small—before each tasks starts.
These Decisions Include Any Of The Following Aspects:
- Colour of paint
- Type of tiles to use
No matter how small you may think the decision is, it can unnecessarily lengthen the entire renovation process if you don’t plan ahead.
4. Stick To Your Decisions
Congratulations for making quick decisions regarding your home renovation project. Now you must stick to them.
We get it; you want your home to look the best, so it’s expected to want a few changes every now and again. But try to not change your mind too often.
Here’s why: changing your mind regarding a specific object is likely to have a ripple effect which includes:
- Changing the order of resources and building materials.
- Possibly changing the supplier to meet the specifications of the new requested order
Incurring additional costs.
- Changes in scheduling. This means persons working on the job have to be notified and updated on the new plan.
Above all, these changes will significantly lengthen the renovation process. Also, the time taken discussing the changes could have been spent doing the actual job.
5. Avoid Purchasing Your Own Materials
Everyone knows that renovating a home doesn’t come cheap. As a result, you may try and devise ways where you can cut costs—and understandably so. But we strongly recommend that you avoid buying your own materials to avoid the following scenarios:
- Purchasing the wrong material.
- Buying incorrect quantities.
- You may end up buying expensive material. This is because contractors tend to know where most products are sold cheaper.
6. Always Set Aside a Little Extra Money
As mentioned before, renovating your home is going to cost you. It’s wise to set aside a contingency fund for emergency situations.
With the constant market fluctuations, prices of raw materials for building are likely to go up. This means the product may end up costing you more than you budgeted for. Instead of bringing the renovation process to a halt, you can make use of the extra money.
7. Find Alternative Accommodation
We don’t recommend that you stay in the house if it’s undergoing renovations. Sure, finding another place to stay during renovations adds to the expenses, but it’s for your own safety. You don’t want dust affecting your health or accidents on site hurting one of your family members. Apart from being risky, staying in a home being renovated can also be uncomfortable.
8. Keep Kids And Pets Out Of The Way
If you can’t afford to move away for a while, then at least try and stay away from the area undergoing construction. And this especially includes keeping your children and pets away from the location for their own safety.
9. Keep Conversations With The Contractors To A Minimum
We get that you’re excited about your home renovations and keen to stay updated about the progress. But try not to disturb the contractors while they do their job—unless it’s really important. Does your conversation have anything to do with the house? If not, then rather leave the builders to do their jobs to avoid delaying the process unnecessarily.
By following the above tips, we’re certain the renovation process will move swiftly. Above all, make sure you listen to the contractor’s advice and opinion. Don’t argue with them if they point out that your foundation needs work before they can start building your desired structure.
You might know what you want your house to look like, but they know what it takes for it look that way.