Interiors

A Guide To Home Renovations

Planning on a home renovation project? Many people are improving their houses right now, which is partly because people are now generally spending more time at home since the pandemic and often working remotely. This means that many people need more space in the home or simply want to improve their living space. Additionally, home renovations can add value to your home and this is always worthwhile whether you plan to sell anytime soon or not. Home renovation projects are rarely straightforward, though, so here are a few tips that should help and allow you to find success with your projects.

Choose Renovation Projects Suited To You

First, you need to choose renovation projects that are suited to you. You need to think about your current lifestyle (as well as the future) and focus on projects that would improve your home and life. Many people are taking on renovation projects to create a home office, but this is not much good if you do not work remotely. A few ideas for home renovation projects that are worth considering include:

  • Attic/basement conversion
  • Extension
  • Kitchen remodel
  • Bathroom remodel
  • Garden landscaping
  • Redecorating

Check Permissions

Before getting started, you also need to check to see if you need to obtain any kind of permission before renovating the home. Generally, you will need approval if you plan on extending the property in any way and it is essential that you have this in place before work commences.

Get Your Finances In Order

You do not want to start a renovation project without first considering the financial side of things. These projects can be expensive and the costs can quickly escalate, so you need to have a firm budget in mind as well as know how you will be paying for the work. A few funding ideas include:

  • Personal savings
  • Bank loan
  • Credit card
  • Equity release

Meet With Multiple Contractors

If you are hiring contractors for the work, you should never go with the first company/individual that you meet. Instead, do some research to create a shortlist and then arrange a consultation with at least 3 contractors. You need to make sure that you have complete faith in the contractors and know that they understand exactly what you need and that communication is easy. Additionally, this gives you the chance to compare quotes and get an idea of how much the work will cost. Never assume that cheapest is best when it comes to home renovations as you do not want the quality to suffer or have to pay to have the work done twice!

Anticipate Problems

You also need to spend some time anticipating what problems might arise during the renovation project. Unfortunately, large projects rarely go off without a hitch and you need to think about what problems might occur and what the best solutions will be. Not only will this hopefully help you to keep the project on schedule, but it should also help you to feel less stressed and anxious if all does not go according to plan.

Consider The Waste

You also need to think about the waste that your project will create. Bricks, old furniture, wall tiles and appliances are all items that are difficult to get rid of, which is why it is best to hire a skip from a company like 7 Skips Sydney. They can drop off the skip at your home and then come and collect it for you once it is full. Companies like this will always make sure that the waste is disposed of in a responsible manner. This will take the stress out of getting rid of all of the waste that is created and will help to keep the home as tidy as possible during renovations.

Home renovations can be a great way to improve your home and lifestyle, plus this is also an effective way to add value to your home. There are all kinds of renovation projects to consider that could make a big difference, but these projects can also be difficult to manage and complex. These tips should help and hopefully make your renovation a success.

A post by Kidal D. (5708 Posts)

Kidal D. is author at LeraBlog. The author's views are entirely their own and may not reflect the views and opinions of LeraBlog staff.