Are you planning a renovation this summer? While this can be both exciting and nerve wrecking; we want to help ease the project by giving you some great tips from the pros.
Updating and renovating your home is an excellent way to add value to your home—whether it’s making your life easier and more enjoyable, or whether you hope to sell and want to increase the going rate of your house. Whatever the purpose of your renovation, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Make a Plan
No matter the scope of the project you are looking at, the first thing you always want to do is put together a plan for when you want to start, and when you need it to be finished by. Realize that this plan will change as the project moves ahead, but that it will still run more smoothly if you have a basic map for how and when and where you want to be working.
- Create a Budget
Budget and leave breathing room in your budget for unexpected costs. Research everything that’s going to have to go into the project, and look carefully at pricing in your area for the supplies that you will need. Don’t forget to take taxes into account, and even shipping if any supplies are not locally available. Don’t forget to add lighting fixtures to your total budget to bring the biggest accent to your interior upgrade.
- Be patient
Putting your home reno project on hold gives you more time to save up the money needed for this expensive endeavour. It also means not going into debt for an expenditure that may or may not give you a return on the dollar you spend. Finally, it avoids costly mistakes. That’s because a hasty, under-budgeted renovation can actually devalue your home and add little or no value to your home’s fair market value. And nobody wants to pay for a big blunder.
Take advantage of rebates—check out what government rebates are available in your area. Right now, Efficiency Alberta is offering Home Improvement Rebates when switching to energy efficient appliances and products!
- Hire a Contractor
Sometimes it’s just out of the question for you to do all the work yourself. Whatever the reason, do your research before you make the leap. Talk to contractors, and make certain that you find someone who communicates well, and who has experience in the type of project that you want to be done.
Be open about your budget, but realize that cheaper is not always going to be better. Be wary of someone who wants to cut corners rather than prioritize quality and safety. Ask them for information on the materials that they intend to use.
- Remember the Big Picture
Chances are, things will get frustrating in the middle of getting it all done just remember to keep the big picture in view. Remember what motivated you to start this project. Remind yourself of why you wanted this done— if you’re visually-focused, try creating an inspiration board where you can find fresh inspiration when things get too overwhelming.
Home renovations can be challenging, but the rewards are well worth the trouble.
What are your experiences with home renovations? What are some tips and suggestions for home renovations that you have found helpful? WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!