Get Started On Your Your Home Renovation
Times change, people change, and sometimes their tastes change with them. The “ideal look” of yesterday could be the “meh” look of today. Renovating your home can make an old space look like new, but without a good plan, it’s easy to get bogged down and feel in over your head. Whether you’re sprucing up your current home or revamping a newly purchased one, here are a few tips to managing your renovation project.
Make A Plan
As with any good project, it all starts with a plan. Sit down with everyone in your household and talk about what you would like to do. Is this a whole house project or are you just focusing on one or two rooms? How much time do you think the project will take? How will it affect your household’s daily routine? Write everything down and create a rough outline for managing your project.
Set Your Budget
Now that you have a good idea about what you’d like to do, it’s time to work out a realistic budget for your project. How much can you afford to spend? Will that amount be enough to cover all of the things in your design? Consider using a home renovation calculator to help work out your costs and make adjustments to your design to get the most bang for your buck. When you finalize your budget, don’t forget to include a little extra to cover any unanticipated expenses that might pop up.
Design Your Look
Start adding details to your project outline. Redoing the floors in the living floors? Are you going with hardwood, concrete or cork? Renovating the kitchen? Do you want to install all new stainless appliances or will you be reusing the existing ones? Will you be replacing all of the bathroom tile or just re-grouting the shower area? Are you creating an entertainment area in the basement or creating an office space? What colors will you be using? Take the time to visualize your ideas and add detailed notes to your project outline.
Make It Happen
Now that your renovation project is fully developed and budgeted, it’s time to put your plan in motion. If you’re working with a designer or contractor (or both), share your outline with them to help guide their work. Also, stay on top of the project. They are working to make your vision a reality, so check in with them regularly, but don’t interfere so much that they can’t get the work done. If this is a do-it-yourself project, then use your outline as a guide to keep yourself on track as the work progresses. Stick to a schedule, but be sure to give yourself enough time to do the work properly. Don’t forget to save all of your receipts. If you ever decide to sell your house, you may be able to use your renovation project to save some money on the associated taxes.
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