Ready to take your home to the next level? Here are some tips and tricks to help you survive to your home makeover.
Make sure everything is decided ahead of time. Changing your mind in the middle of the renovation can end up being more costly and add more time to the final end-date. Planning ahead will help you stay within your budget and know exactly what you should be getting.
Minimize inconvenience by setting up a temporary camp away from the construction area based on what’s getting remodeled. For example, if your kitchen being remodeled, set up a refrigerator and microwave in the dinning room – or have a budget to eat out.
There will be people coming in and out of your house. Make sure nothing is in the way that can be stolen or broken. There could also be a lot of dust from the construction so make sure furniture is covered or put away.
This is the foundation to ANY good relationship. People aren’t mind readers and that includes contractors (Hey! Contractors are people too!) If you have something on your mind, say it. Contractors want to give you what you want, and taking the guesswork out of their job makes it easier.
When getting advice about your renovations, your contractor is your number one source. They (hopefully) have much more experience than you and understand what will and will not work. They can also provide creative ideas for giving you what you want while staying within your budget.
This. This is so important. Many people do not stay within their budget. You never know what hidden costs you may run into, such as unknown water damage from the previous owner or floorboards that need to be entirely ripped up. Set aside a bit more money than you planned to part with so when these unexpected cost show up, you will be ready.
Nothing is more expensive than doing the same thing twice. Once you’ve taken the time to plan out a practical idea and purchase all of the materials needed before your renovations , let the contractor work without rushing him – people always work better when they are not under pressure.
Once you’re shelling out the money to renovate your house, don’t buy cheaply. Do-it-yourself projects can cut costs, but when it comes to more complicated tasks, leave it to the professionals. Make sure you buy materials that are meant to last and come with a warranty against damage. Try to find items that are stain-proof, waterproof, scratchproof, and kid-proof if you can. If you do need to tighten the budget, try to find basic (as opposed to intricate) products without compromising the quality.
Hopefully with these tips and tricks you will do more than just survive your home remodeling – you will thrive during it! And don’t forget, at the end of all of this you are going to be in the home you always wanted. Enjoy!