House renovation is an adventure that can quickly go off the rails if it's not handled correctly. There are several wrong turns many homeowners can take, from getting a shady contractor to going over the budget to realising the paint you picked or bathroom cabinets you bought aren't suitable once the work is completed.
So to ensure your home improvement project is completed successfully, whether it's just kitchen renovation or a complete house overhaul, it's crucial to be prepared. Below are things you must do before starting the renovations project to avoid regrets and stress.
Find out what you like
This is actually the most enjoyable task of all. Do you want a totally new bathroom or kitchen? Regardless of what you desire, you need to narrow down your decision. Are the changes you require structural (reconfiguring the space) or cosmetic (getting new appliances, cupboards or counters)? Make sure you do your research and know what you want. Decorating magazines and design TV shows can give you some ideas.
Know your budget
Now that you know what you like, the next step is to know how much you're willing to spend to make your dream home a reality. So before you hire a contractor and start buying materials you need for the project, find out the cost of the materials and labour you require. Then, find out if the funds you have will be enough for the project or not. Make necessary adjustments if necessary.
Vet the contractor
A pro should handle a home renovation project. Vet several contractors to find the right one for your project. Be sure to check their licence, experience, past successful projects and certificates of insurance for workers compensation and general liability.
You'll spend a lot of time with the contractor in your home, so make sure you find out if they are a professional and personal fit. Conducting in-person interviews will help you know more about them and make an informed decision.
Time the renovation right
In most cases, renovation projects tend to run over schedule, and it could be no one's fault. The subcontractors can get sick, weather can cause project delays, complicated wiring may take longer to install or delays can occur in the supply of materials, among other problems. It's advisable to expect delays, so allocate ample time for the project, especially if you'll be leaving town for a trip or expecting some house guests to visit.Share
20 March 2019
If you're thinking about bringing elements of the outdoors into your home but you don't know how to go about it, you've come to the right place. I'm Betty, and I've been in the unfortunately predicament of having severe hay fever and allergies for much of my life. I got sick of loading myself up with anti-histamines just to experience the outdoors everyday, so I decided to look into home additions that would bring that feeling inside where I was safe from pollen. I spent a long time researching solariums, pools, and other constructions, and now I have the home—and life—of my dreams. And now I'm sharing the tips and ideas I've learned with you!