So, you have been thinking about redecorating your home for quite some time now. Perhaps it is high time you renovated certain rooms, or you have roamed through the latest interior trends and found some excellent ideas. Whatever the reasons, you should check the following before getting down to business.
First of all, put everything on paper that you would like to change. Do you really need to follow all the latest design and decor ideas for 2019? Is remodelling bathroom and kitchen at the same time a really good idea? What small changes are you planning to implement? Write down every single thing you would like to see altered around your home in the future.
Time to Get real
Now that you have decided what you want to do and when it’s time you adjusted your wishes to the budget. In order to be successful, your project has to match your funds. In addition, bear in mind that during home renovations it is a rule of thumb that you are going to have unpredictable situations draining more money and time than you had originally planned. Depending on just how extensive the renovation might be, you can either opt to dip into your savings or choose to refinance your home.
Make sure you do the homework and consider your finances properly. Once you have done this you may want to revisit your original plan – perhaps you will find it wasn't a realistic plan.
Get the timing right
You should come to terms that not all home renovations are recommended or feasible at certain times of the year. Here is what particular months are most suitable for (in Australia):
● December, January, February: roofing, different outdoor projects, siding, bathroom remodelling and so on.
● March, April, May: chimney repairs, weather stripping, cleaning gutters, adding insulation…
● June, July, August: interior projects and adding a room (this is the best time for pouring the foundation and concrete footers).
● September, October, November: exterior painting, window replacement, a patio project…
Call the professionals
For some simple projects you can easily get away with DIY, but if your goal, for example, is creating your own personal spa, you will have to hire a helping hand to get that gorgeous freestanding bathtub installed and the new tiles put in place. Or should you desire a dining room makeover which includes building a skylight, it’s obvious you are going to hire experts. Finding the best plumber, electrican or builder is no mean feat, so you had better follow some steps before hiring one:
● Always interview several contractors. Ask about their previous experience and suggestions for your project.
● Check all of their references, and the permits, too.
● Feel free to call their suppliers. This will give you an idea about their work ethics, and you will be able to see the quality they had in mind for you.
● Ask about the workers on the site, i.e. if they are employed full-time, or they are not the regular ones.
● Make inquiries about the insurance.
● Clearly define payment conditions in the contract.
If you have children or a partner, sit down with them and explain how the following period is going to affect your lives. Depending on the project, some sacrifices about the free time or routines will have to be made. For instance, where are you going to eat during your kitchen remodel, and more importantly, how are you going to prepare your meals? Therefore, try to picture every detail of living during renovation (or renting, perhaps), and make an agreement with your family or partner.
Keeping it safe and neat
If you are going to have some major work done in your home, you will have to protect your valuables. This includes any items of monetary value (money, jewelry, and some prescribed medicine, too). They should be stored in a safe place so as not to risk any unpleasant situations.
Also, any fragile or sensitive objects should be protected. Paintings, electronic devices, fine china – all of these should be properly stored into safe zones (parts of the home which is not undergoing redecoration).
Moreover, store all the big items in one place, empty the shelves, and move whatever you can to the basement or a room you aren’t using. If any piece of furniture or household item is going to remain in place, it is necessary to protect it from dust. Trust us, during the renovation, dust is everywhere and it gets everywhere. So, play it smart. A simple cover will save you from a lot of cleaning and vacuuming.
Now that you know what you can expect, start checking the items off our list one by one, and your home renovation will be going as smooth as possible.