During this unprecedented time, homeowners have a little extra time on their hands. So why not make that change you have been dreaming of?
Whether you are redecorating, conducting a demolition, or starting to rebuild from the ground up, there is typically a long road ahead of you. Here are a few tips to mitigate the headache!
1. Don’t Start the Renovation too Early
Try to live in your space for some time before making overhaul plans. Learn the flow of your home, and what could go where in order to optimize efficiency and personalization. For example, where does the sun hit? How can you optimize natural light? Where do your groceries naturally land?
2. Make a Realistic Budget
Your project needs a budget to keep the costs in check. You must find the perfect middle ground and balance between your dream home designs with the allotted time and money you are willing to delegate. Don’t forget, time is money!
The major problem homeowners face is underestimating the costs involved with re-designs. Make sure you are choosing a trusted contractor. Home improvement costs can be misleading and ambiguous. Look over your budget with a professional to make sure it is realistic and timely.
3. Create a Clear Vision
From the flooring ideals, to paint color and appliances, sketch out your design, and pick out these pieces before you begin the work. Because renovations can be unpredictable, the more decisions you make beforehand, the less of a headache you will have in the long run.
4. Hire a Professional that is a Good Fit
Just because someone is a good designer and/or contractor who has strong references, it doesn’t always mean that they will be a good fit for you. Do they have the same aesthetic and priorities? Do they understand your vision? It can be helpful to hold an interview or discussion before starting off the services.
5. Prepare to Live in Discomfort - It’ll be Worth it.
No pain, no gain, as we like to put it. Renovations that involve kitchens and bathrooms typically can mean no water, no counter space, no safe flooring, and more. So, how do you cope? Be realistic with your renovation. Allow for dirt and dust to be in places where it typically isn’t, and don’t let it bother you. Order some takeout dinner, stay with friends or family, or even better, go on vacation until your space becomes more liveable.