Though HGTV uses fun demo days and trips to the design board to make renovations look glamorous, there is in fact quite a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ action. In order for you to better focus on the fun stuff and dream up your perfect space, this post is here to help you by highlighting some important things you should consider before you begin renovating your home.
Your ultimate goal
What’s your main goal for renovation? Are you looking to capitalise on your home or are you intending to spruce it up and make it your ‘forever home’? This decision will help guide and influence your entire renovation.
If you’re looking to renovate and then sell your home, aim to keep your project budget-friendly, with a design that will appeal to the majority of potential buyers.
On the other hand, renovating your home for your own benefit in the long-term is the perfect opportunity to create your dream home. Use the materials you love and a timeless design that you will enjoy for years to come.
Planning and design
As you picture the final results of your renovation, what do you see?
It takes a lot of effort to get there but it’s important to plan each step of the renovation process. When it comes down to the details of your project, the more you plan and the more detailed it is, the better. Then, once you make your plan, do your best to stick to it! Extra additions and product switches add up.
If you’re tackling the interior design solo, books, magazines and blogs can be great sources for inspiration. From there, you can save what you love on Pinterest or create a mood board to help guide your project. Or, if you are looking for some support, a decorator or interior designer can help you plan the design for your space.
What to DIY and what to outsource
Before renovating, consider what things around the home you want to renovate yourself and the things for which you should seek external help.
A few home projects that are great to do yourself are painting, sanding, building furniture and laying tiles. For the larger and more complex modifications, such as electricity-related projects, it would definitely be better to use the services of a professional electrician and opt for reliable, high quality low voltage products like circuit breakers for example, as they play a crucial part in protecting the whole electrical circuit from damage caused by electricity overloaded wiring.
As you plan your budget for your renovation, it may be helpful to pencil in a safety net that leaves room for going 15% over. After all, renovating is an expensive business.
To help your project start off on the right foot, a builder or quantity surveyor can help you figure out what you are working with.
Go over your design and check out online shops to understand what pieces you can find that will fit into your budget.
When it comes to renovating, timing is everything (especially for your pocket).
Be sure to consistently check in with your contractor and make sure the renovations are going according to plan. After all, you wouldn’t want your delay with the final touches and painting to run into the delivery date of the items of furniture you ordered.
Moreover, if you make a schedule, sticking to it will be important no matter if you’re planning to live in your home during the renovations or out of it. Your patience, extended family or hotel bills will appreciate the project wrapping up in a timely manner!
Your home renovation will be exactly what you make of it. Prepare for some bumps in the road, but the planning, budgeting and timing you work out will only help your project run as smoothly as possible. Most importantly, however, remember to enjoy the process!