What are the guidelines for a successful home renovation?
- Whip up a cohesive plan
- Set a realistic budget
- Hire trusted professionals
- Always be ready to make decisions
Renovating a home, whether it’s a new scout area townhouse for sale or your old bungalow home in the village, can be a smart investment especially if done correctly. It is believed that almost 62% of the amount you spend on a home-improvement is expected to come back. Although this isn’t set in stone and depends largely on the kind of renovations you plan to make.
But then again, renovations aren’t always about money and return on investments. Those things come after the main purpose of a renovation which is to create a safe space for you and your family. A space that suits both your current and future needs – a nursery that can be easily converted to a teen’s bedroom for example.
These things are important and crucial considering the fact that the average homeowner spends 13 years in one place. For most of us, we hope to spend our entire lives in our homes and eventually pass it down to our children. Because of this, every home renovation must be done right. Not an easy thing to achieve but should be doable if you follow the guidelines written below:
Whip Up a Cohesive Plan
The first few days before and after deciding on doing a renovation will be filled with questions that you and your family will have to answer. Questions like, “is this really necessary,” “will this improve our way of life,” and “what do we hate about this space that makes a renovation necessary?”
Once, you have answered these questions, you then need to make a renovation plan. A lot of research needs to go in this. You can search the web or browse through home magazines and cut out pieces for inspiration. It doesn’t matter how you go about it, but you have to have a proper plan that includes a complete outline of the renovation along with specifications by the end.
It cannot be overstated how important it is to have a cohesive plan for your home renovation, so make sure you have one before you call on experts and order furniture.
Set A Realistic Budget
After you’ve created a plan, it’s now time to put a price on it. If you didn’t know yet, then we’ll tell you: home renovations take a lot of money. You’re going to be spending a sizeable amount to bring life to your dream home.
However, this doesn’t mean that you have to drain your accounts. After factoring materials, labor costs, and alternative living arrangements (if necessary), it is completely possible to arrive at a budget that, financially speaking, makes sense for you. All it takes is sufficient knowledge and extensive research and sometimes a little outside help.
If you do still need to take out a loan to cover renovation costs, then best to do it early on in order to guarantee that you have available funds and not spending money you’re not sure you’ll have.
Hire Trusted Professionals
Many people get lost and confused when thinking of the professionals they need mainly because of the many different options available. Some, however, get confused because they aren’t fully aware of these options.
The building and renovation experts that instantly come to mind include contractors, architects, engineers, and project/construction managers. But there are more available including interior designers and decorators. These people can be hired to work on your home renovation, but you don’t necessarily need all of them.
Only pick the ones that you need and choose people you know can trust. They can be someone you’ve worked with before, a professional recommended by family or friends, or just someone who has a good reputation in their community.
Always Be Ready to Make Decisions
During the entirety of the home renovation, the professionals, builders, and workers you have hired, will present several questions and decisions that you will have to answer and make.
Such inquiries and clarifications are things that you can expect to happen and attempt to pre-empt. If you can anticipate what their questions will be, then you’ll be in a better position to answer them. Which leads to less impulsive moves that you may eventually regret. You can also fully dodge these questions by providing them with all the necessary information in advance – something you should include in your renovation plan.
As for questions you didn’t anticipate, all it takes to answer them adequately and not on impulse is to communicate well with your workers. If possible, they should be able to give you ample time to arrive at a decision without stalling the entire project.
Home renovations can be as stressful as they are rewarding, but there are ways to handle it safely and with your sanity intact.
To start, create a cohesive plan that you and your workers can follow, set a budget that won’t make you go broke, employ the services of trusted professionals, and always be prepared to make major decisions.
On top of all this, it is also important to keep in mind that not everything will go your way, so be a bit more flexible. Although ideal, you don’t always have to stick to your initial plan especially if it’s impossible.
If you can keep these things in mind, then the renovation of your scout area townhouse for sale or your village bungalow is guaranteed to be a success!