When you think of renovating your home, a myriad of ideas and concerns often beset you. Should you go for a modern and crisp theme with a state-of-the-art update? Should you opt to make it simpler by just playing with colors and paint? Or what about using antiques and vintage pieces?
Whatever the vision, there are considerations to be made before you start updating your home. Here are five of them:
1. The timeframe
Time is the most underrated consideration when renovating a home. Often, redoing a portion of a house would take a while to plan. This includes creating a design, finding the right contractor, and making adjustments during the actual renovation.
Updating your kitchen is different from adding another floor. There will be delays, whether small or massive. Maybe a pipe needs to be removed and rechanneled, or an old termite-infested wall needs to be replaced. These constrain your cost projections and available resources, creating backlogs along the process.
Indeed, it is important that when you think of making changes, the timeframe is realistic enough for the renovation plan to work.
2. Cost expectations
The budget is usually the single biggest denominator in any renovation plan. It essentially decides for you in all aspects of the renovation process. When thinking of a revamp in your home, the budget is always on top of the list of concerns.
But sometimes, cost expectations are overthought. With the heavy burden to estimate the cost of materials, contractor fee, labor cost, and the like, the homeowner loses sight of what they really want and need. Want and need are two different animals. Normally, if want exceeds the need, you overestimate costs.
To correct issues with estimations, you should get advice from a builder or a quantity surveyor. Expert advice is very important as it will aid you in deciding over wants and needs. It will also limit you from spending too much time planning. If you are utilizing financing options, research and compare each of them to produce a cost-friendly renovation plan.
3. The contractor
Finding the right contractor could be messy. Particularly with small and not so lengthy renovations, people ask for references from their friends, neighbors, and family members. This may be simple and less costly, but there may be concerns regarding the quality of materials, the level of skill of laborers or workers, and other aspects controlled by the contractor during the renovation process.
You must also consider the relationship of the contractor to the supplier. Will the contractor be using old clients for materials, electrical works, and plumbing? Does the contractor have a clean and regular buying history? For larger renovation projects, these issues are readily addressed as there are contract firms that are already reliable at the start or can fix supply issues during the middle of the house revamp.
4. Think about the future
Knowing your objective for the renovation is as important as finding the right contractor. Thinking about the future, what the change is for, and who or what it will serve is paramount. Are you going for a quality finish or is your goal simply to make your home look more contemporary? In the end, your design must be worth your investment.
Envision the changes you will make. They should still be valuable many years from now. They should still serve you well and more importantly, make your home a great place to live in. It would be impractical if another renovation occurs in the near future. This would only mean you have exhausted the short-lived benefits of the previous renovation.
5. Your design and how you will find it
With your objective in place, it is now time to source your design. Your vision for your home must always be in tune with your design prospects.
Of course, getting help from an expert would boost your design hopes. If you cannot afford an interior designer or an architect, take advice from books and the Internet. There is a library of information online which is free and easily accessible. There are tips everywhere from blogs to design sites. Look at designs that allow you to be in control of costs and resource considerations, or those that are easy to finish.
It is important, however, that you do not get overwhelmed by the information available as this could potentially ruin your design prospects. Take aim at designs that suit your vision. Be realistic.
Renovating your home, although exciting, is never an easy task. There are a number of things to be considered in order to meet a set deadline, budget limits, and design prospects. If well prepared, executing the plan will simply be a walk in the park.