Do you think it’s high time to renovate the interiors, experts would ask: Are you sure? and Are you ready? That’s because home renovation is almost always a costly venture. It depends on how much space is involved. Home renovation projects are more time-consuming as well irrespective of your focus on a single area like the entire ground floor or the kitchen or the bathroom of your house. So before you embark on a full-fledged home transformation, be sure to consider doing the following things first.
1. Get Referrals
Do ask for referrals from people you know who have had some renovation work done in their own homes. This way, you’ll get an idea on how quickly work can be done and how much you can expect to shell out. Having home renovation work also means there will be times when strangers will have access to certain parts of your house. Working with people referred to you by friends and family would give you a certain degree of confidence in them so you can stress less. You may want to consider dropping by a prospective remodeler’s job site to get a feel of how organized and safe their work area is. It’s also important to be stringent in identifying contractors and suppliers you may have to take on as it is with them that you’ll find the best use of your time, money and space using materials that would last for years to come.
2. Plan with the Pros
Planning should be a full, concentrated effort involving you, the occupant and homeowner, and any contractors, home designers and inspectors who will be working on getting you to your desired objective. Give them a clear idea of what you want done.
If you are looking to redo the kitchen to add a kitchen island and a couple of hanging cabinets, tell them upfront. If there is no extra space for expansion, work together to determine how big the kitchen island can be, and how many cabinets can realistically be added.
3. Set a Reasonable Budget
Be frank with the professionals you work with about what you want and what you can afford. In turn, you can rely on these people for their honest opinion on whether or not what you are aiming for is doable.
Conduct a material selection with your contractor so you save time and effort. Knowing which materials you want from what you can afford will help you stick to your budget. Be prepared to compromise up to a certain extent, and always weigh the pros and cons with your contractor.
4. Have a Detailed Contract
Just like that of a major construction project, your home renovation paperwork should include a start date and completion date. Include milestones to get specific details in, and ensure there are clear deliverables set on paper.
Prior to the contract signing date, you should get a draft of the contract so that any questions raised will be addressed beforehand. Once all amendments are done and both parties have signed, set a schedule to kick off the project.
5. Prepare for Snags and Inconveniences
Sometimes project delays and inconveniences are inevitable; after all, part of your home will be turned into a construction zone of sorts. A well-experienced new home builder should be able to prepare you for the possibility of encountering a few snags here and there so you don’t get too frustrated.
Things to look out for in the process of planning and execution would be:
- Accurate measurements
- Ensuring the right tools are available
- All design elements including paintwork, lighting, flooring, windows, fixtures and ceiling work
- Plumbing and electrical systems
One thing you might forget in the course of a major home remodeling scheme is including the cost of a temporary move into your budget. But if you are still able to use part of your home for daily living, then make sure the renovation project area or construction zone is closed off especially to children.
Your remodeler might use painter’s tarps or polyethylene sheeting to demarcate the area. This way, noise from the renovation work is filtered off, and dust won’t penetrate the living areas so easily.
Finally, don’t forget to get the necessary permits from the building owner (if you own a unit in a building), and official permission from relevant government authorities.
Robert Allam is the Finance and Sales Manager for Trendsetter Homes. Through his journey from being a Sales Consultant then Office Manager, to assuming his current role, Robert has seen the company grow and has guided many clients through the process of developing their dream of a unique luxury home.