A renovation project is a fantastic opportunity to add value to your home or make your space more comfortable, whether you’re expecting a new child or need extra space for a workshop or home office. However, you can’t jump straight into your renovation adventure. If you want to ensure success, here are five essential things you must do before you begin.
Determine What You Can Do Yourself
Although most renovations involve working with contractors, there are several jobs you could do yourself to save costs and prepare your home for more demanding work. You could lay flooring, adjust water pipes, or even remove some items, such as the sink or cabinets if carrying out a bathroom or kitchen renovation. Despite this possibility, be careful, because you don’t want to cause damage that makes the final project even more expensive.
And What Requires A Professional
You should also consider anything you are not qualified to deal with or don’t have the time to do yourself. Any substantial building work should be left to professionals. The same goes for roof repairs, so contact a reputable roofer to inspect your roof and provide quotes for any work they will need to carry out. Likewise, steer clear of anything involving gas or electricity as these can be hazardous to your health and your family’s or neighbour’s well-being.
Establish Your General Budget
Your budget determines how much you can afford to do as well as the quality of materials and contractors. Researching the average cost of renovating a house beforehand will give you a good idea of how much it will cost (and help you decide how to pay for it). If it seems too out of your budget now, it’s best to wait rather than scrimping on low-quality work and materials. You can also consider which parts of the renovation are most important and proceed with them before returning to other work later.
Clear Household Clutter
Once the renovation is arranged, it’s time to make the work straightforward for your contractors. This includes decluttering the home to ensure safe, hazard-free movement and protect your valuables. These decluttering tips provide an easy-to-follow guide that helps you organize your things, and it could even help you decide to sell, donate, or dump anything you haven’t used for years, such as clothes or furniture.
Plan For Any Inconvenience
You hope your renovation will go smoothly, but this is rarely possible. You may encounter disruptions and inconveniences that affect your routine or even the routines of others in your neighbourhood. Informing next door or whoever lives across the road about the work beforehand should minimise too much grief and hassle, but not always. You should also know what to do if you’re unable to work from home during the renovation. A friend, relative or local cafe should accommodate you if you need to be out of the house.
Home improvements can keep you busy and help create a home you can be proud of. However, home improvements and renovations also come with plenty of stress, anxiety and expenses. These tips should mitigate these and ensure you’re prepared to handle whatever issues crop up along the way.