When renovating your home there are a few clear do’s and don’ts. From choosing where to spend your renovation dollar to preparing your home for the professional builders there are a range of pitfalls that this guide will help you avoid.
Home Renovation Do’s and Don’ts
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The first thing you need to do is prepare. Preparation is key to success in any venture and this is particularly true for home renovation.
Make a Style File – Pore over design magazines, cut out pictures of anything you love, keep separate sections for each of the rooms you are renovating like the kitchen. Build your file long before you engage the services of a renovation professional. You will have a depth of knowledge of what you want and more importantly what you don’t.
Be Realistic –
Know that everything is going to cost more than you think and take longer than you want. Allow for at least 25% increase in time and budget to avoid stress and having a half finished job.
Remain Calm – If you understand that there will be delays and cost blow outs it is easier to keep your cool. Screaming at your builder will not make you friends, nor help your renovation.
Keep Organised – When your house is in chaos and you can’t recognise your own home you will need systems in place to keep you going. Ensure that the essentials for work and school are stored separate to the areas for renovations and away from the dust. Rolling clothes racks will save your life.
Trust Yourself – When all is chaos and you wonder miserably why you started this insanity don’t retreat into resentful silence and heavy drinking. Keep calmly communicating! Check back with your plans and if things are off track talk about it. Things will work out as long as you keep the final goal in mind and adjust accordingly.
Ignore the details – Do not gloss over the small things. If there is a little problem speak up, ask questions, make sure that your vision is clearly communicated and being carried out.
Forget to cover everything? – Dust will get everywhere. This is a fact of renovation. Put sheets over your precious things, pack small items into boxes and clearly label them.
Throw out receipts – Keep a record of every single purchase that you make. There will always be little extras that you want to purchase yourself. You can claim a tremendous amount of purchases on tax if you have the records to back it up.
Do DIY – Renovation professionals are licenced, experienced and capable of dealing with every home renovation eventuality. Unless you are a licenced plumber, electrician, carpenter, painter and bricklayer then don’t even think about taking on a house renovation by yourself. The risk of ruining your home is substantial. If you make a mistake it could cost you a lot of money or even end up in serious injury. [Hidden costs of DIY article] You want your home to be a haven, not a half-baked horror story. Find a great professional renovation expert to make your home into the oasis you have been dreaming about.