Planning your home renovation can be tough. With so many different factors to consider, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and unsure of how to achieve the dream home you have in your head. To help you out, here are four tips for a seamless renovation experience…
Get your budget right
Budgeting is arguably the biggest part of home renovations, because it can determine just how much you can do with your space. Sorting out how much you can reasonably spend is the very first thing you should do as it ensures you don’t make plans for renovations that are out of your reach. Once you do get to planning how much everything will cost you, it’s important to leave a buffer – don’t tie up your expenses down to the very last dollar. You should always have a little bit of room to move if – or when – something goes wrong along the way.
Detailed planning your home renovation is a necessary part of the process, as it ensures that you know what you want, what you need and how much of your budget it will take. Ideally, you might want to renovate your bathroom and your bedroom. But after some careful planning, you might realise that you only have the budget to do the bathroom. However, with some careful planning, you could get the costs down on your bathroom improvements to afford painting your room. We suggest making a list of your priority areas, the amount they will cost and continue from there.
Do your research
When you’re renovating or redesigning your home, there’s bound to be a lot of things to think about. That’s why it’s important to do your research, so you don’t rush into something and later regret it. Make sure to ask around for recommendations for contractors and make a note of all the permits you might need before you jump into anything. The last thing you want to do is begin building to find that it doesn’t meet certain regulations, or that your contractor overcharged you big time.
Design trends come and go and while it’s important that you love the home you’re in right now, it’s smart to think ahead. Your renovation is likely to cost you thousands of dollars, so the last thing you want is to find that in 5 years you no longer enjoy the space you redesigned. A good rule of thumb is to make your more expensive areas – such as kitchen and bathroom designs – timeless and adaptable. Your furniture and wall colours, on the other hand, can reflect the trend you like at the time, as it’s more easily replaced if you ever feel that you no longer want it in your home.
Published: 25 Aug 2017