Renovating your home is far from simple, you need to prepare adequately and plan to avoid the common pitfalls. Sadly, many people rush things and don’t come up with a good plan to approach the renovation. Although, even if a homeowner knows the importance of planning because many of them are amateurs when it comes to renovating, they don’t know how to do it correctly. This article aims to remedy that by presenting a concrete and professional path forward that allows any homeowner to successfully renovate their home and finally get the house of their dreams.
Make a List of Items You Need
The first thing you need to do when you’re thinking about renovating your house is to determine the scope and the items necessary for the renovation:
- Determine how many rooms you’ll renovate: it is unlikely that you plan on renovating your whole house. Most people usually renew their kitchen and living room quite often, but they are much less likely to renovate their bedrooms or the second floor. So, your first job is determining which rooms you want to renovate, and you can go from there.
- Second, you need to determine how you’ll go about renovating each room – ideally, you should have a vision for each room. You will also have to decide whether you want new balustrades and handrails and other things. You can look up all of the designs online or ask an expert, but in any case, you need to have a clear vision of what you want to do before going forward with the next step.
- of course, when you renovate a room, you won’t completely replace all the furniture and other household items it contains – you’ll only replace a fraction of them. That’s why you need to create a list of all the old pieces of furniture and other items that you are going to throw out and another list of all the new pieces of furniture you need.
- Think outside the box: don’t let yourself be boxed in your rooms alone, there are a lot of opportunities to renovate even at your front yard and rooftop. You can even go for something novel like an electric sun canopy for your garden. It’s important to keep your options open and consider the possibilities – you don’t want your renovation plan to be the same old same old.
Balance the Budget
Now that you have a list of all items you’ll need for your renovation, you can begin planning the budget – not taking into account your budget and starting the purchase of random pieces of furniture can be quite detrimental:
- If you don’t do your accounting correctly, you might end us with a few gaps, and during the items-buying phase, you’ll find yourself quickly running out of money – this means either you’ll have to go over budget or leave your house unfinished. Both scenarios will be a nightmare – that’s why you need to ensure that you’ve done your accounting right and you’ve calculated precisely how much each item costs.
- Even after you do your accounting, it is quite likely that the budget for your renovation will be bigger than what you’re comfortable with. Typically, when people first plan, they don’t fully comprehend the cost of their plan, so they go a bit over the top – this is quite natural. You now need to prioritize aspects of your design. Is a new bed really that important to you? Are the Kitchen chairs really necessary? You should go down the list of pieces of furniture, and order the list in terms of how much you value each piece. This way, you’ll know where you should under spend your initial budget and where you could perhaps overspend.