Getting your home, or even a portion of it, renovated from scratch can definitely be time-consuming, involving a lot of effort from you and a lot of other people. Not only do you have to spend a lot of time thinking about ideas but you also have to supervise it once everything gets started. Yes, you need to do this even after you get a supervisor or contractor.
Below, we will focus on things that you have to consider before you decide to start your home renovation. This way your renovation project will be challenging but rewarding.
You’ll Need A Building Report Before You Start Renovating
Contact a chartered building surveyor to get a building report before you buy any property. Also, you need to remember that the surveyor will not list every hidden problem and nor will he give you a total cost breakdown.
You Need to Have A Realistic Approach to the Completion of Your Home Renovation
This is a common mistake that most of us make. We automatically assume that we will be ready to move into the house within a couple of months. Sadly, we won’t.
Whenever you undertake a renovation project, always remember that it will take longer than expected. Weeks may turn into months and months may turn into years. Keeping this in mind, you have to make the necessary accommodations and plan things in a way to not end up getting frustrated. Also, don’t get angry with your contractor because of your unrealistic approach. Like mentioned before, renovating a house involves a lot of work that will take time.
You Need to Pay Special Attention to Your Flooring Plan
Never invest in cheap flooring materials. It may look like you are saving money at first, but after a couple of years, you might just have to replace the entire flooring due to visible cracks or creaking sounds. Secondly, you need to pay careful attention to not choose the wrong type of flooring material. For example, stone, limestone, wood, or tile would make appropriate flooring for the kitchen. Whereas, for your basement flooring, you can opt for vinyl tile or ceramic tile. So, do your research to learn about the correct flooring that would go with a particular room of your home.
In terms of the timeline, don’t rush your installers and give them extra time, if needed, to ensure your flooring is perfect and durable. This will keep them stress-free, helping them to work better. In the end, it’s your gain.
You Should Interview Multiple Contractors and then Finally Stick to Your Choice
While there’s no harm in hiring a contractor who has been recommended by your best friend or family, interviewing multiple contractors will definitely pay off.
Every contractor has a different working style, approach to the problem, and, of course, rates. You’ll be surprised to learn that you can actually get better work at a lower cost as well! There are also times when a few contractors unnecessarily lengthen things out. By talking to other contractors, you will be able to ethically questionable and inefficient workers.
When you’re done choosing a contractor, make sure to stick to them throughout the renovation. This way, you’ll have one person responsible for the entire renovation that you can hold accountable. And, assuredly, accountability can go a long way.
You’ll Need to Keep In Mind Your Budget
While it is true that your budget may go overboard, you need to be strict to not burn a hole in your pocket. What you have to do is to adopt a realistic approach to your budget.
Take into account the unknown costs that you’re bound to occur. For example, your budget should have a separate account for electronics, furniture, and so on. This is especially true if you move into an old house, requiring full updates to the lighting and wiring.
So, since things are going to fluctuate, you’ll need to have provisions to meet those changes. Talk to your contractor to keep track of where your money is being spent. With your constant supervision, even your contractor will be obligated to provide you quality work within your budget. Having said this, you should manage to stick to your limit, though.
You Need to Prepare Yourself to Expect the Unexpected
When you start renovating your home, there are just so many things that are involved. The hardwood, flooring, ceiling, lawn, walls – the list goes on!
There might be errors, too, due to which you may end up exceeding your budget, or your workers may not be productive at times taking longer to finish a task. There’s just so much that can happen. You need to make sure that you stay calm and composed during the entire process. If you are able to succeed in doing this, you’ll realize later that your renovation project was more productive and simpler (well, as simple as it could have been) because of it.
There you go! These were a couple of things that you should keep in mind before you start any renovation project. Remember to chalk out a framework to give yourself perspective and direction in regards to renovation. Initially, the development of a plan will take time, but in the long run, it will be very useful.