Hey busy-awesome readers, let’s talk home renovation tips today. And more specifically, let’s talk strategies on how to make your next home renovation go as smoothly as possible.
A good friend of mine bought a house last year, and she and her husband have major plans for the place. From expanding the kitchen, to adding an in-law apartment, to putting in new flooring, it’s quite the extensive todo list. And as I’ve discovered, they’ve gone through many ups and downs in the process.
It just so happens that my husband and I are also in the early planning stages of adding a garage and office space to our house, and I am completely overwhelmed by the process. Therefore, I thought I’d check in with my friend for any home renovation tips to share with a newbie like me.
Not surprisingly, she had plenty! And I found them so helpful that I wanted to pass them on to any of you who have plans for home renovations in your future.
So without further ado, here are 5 top home renovation tips for your next project.
5 Top Home Renovation Tips
Allow For Enough Time
I don’t know about you, but when I’m excited about a project, I want to dive in right away and finish it as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately, this type of mindset is not always feasible when it comes to home renovation. We need to be careful about setting unrealistic expectations to avoid getting both frustrated and discouraged.
And more importantly, we need to allow enough time for sheer practicality. If you need something completed before X date (your daughter’s wedding, next winter, before the baby is born etc.) be sure you’re allowing yourself and your contractors more than enough time to complete the project.
Whether it’s a big or small renovation, planning ahead is key. Do your research, and get a general idea of what supplies you’ll need. Taking this extra step will help prevent unnecessary delays, and it will also help you stick to a budget.
Set Aside The Right Budget
Ah, the budget. I can’t stress enough how important it is to make and follow a budget for a successful home renovation. And while it’s necessary to price out your contractor, architect, supplies etc. it’s also critical to consider long term expenses; remember, things like heating bills and future repairs can add up over time.
Use The Right Contractors
Do your homework here, too. As you meet with different contractors, don’t rush into your decision. Don’t choose the company that can get started immediately or offers the cheapest price, simply because it’s more convenient.
In fact, This Old House offers 8 tips to find the right contractor, including such important suggestions as getting recommendations, conducting phone interviews, meeting in person, reading reviews from the Better Business Bureau, etc.
If you’ve reached the contracting phase, I certainly recommend checking out their tips here.
Have An End Plan
This is a tip from my friend that I hadn’t yet considered.
She advised me to have a plan in place for when the contractors complete the project. Why, you ask?
Simply put, everything is a disaster zone at the end of a big project; there is a mad rush to decorate your new space, put your old rooms back together, and a need for general post construction cleaning to get your life back in order.
So to make this process run as smoothly as possible, be sure you have an end plan as well!
And that’s it, friends! 5 top home renovation tips to make your next project as easy as possible.
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Have you ever done any major renovations? What tips do you have? If you could do any renovation project you wanted, what would you choose? Let me know below!
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