Renovating a house is a big decision. Everyone has a vision of what they want their home to look like. Turning your home into a house that you desire is a lot of work. The first rule of remodeling is to have a clear vision about what you want your home to look like by the end of it. Renovating a house, despite all the planning is always a bumpy road. There are certain things you can do to reduce the hurdles; planning, buying materials beforehand and booking contractors on time, etc.
Come up with Decisive Plans:
Firstly draw out a plan of what you want. Note down all the things that need doing. Be clear on what parts of the house you don’t want to change and how you will integrate them with the new interior. Electricity and plumbing are big projects but if they have gotten old, remodeling is the best time to get them updated too. However, working on electricity and plumbing can be tricky and most of the time contractors don’t do proper work and end up messing up the old system. So, if you plan on doing electric work: plan in advance get advice from a professional. Many homeowners complain about bad wiring and water pressure; the reason usually is that enough attention was not paid to it.
Another phase of the planning process is figuring out what furniture, appliances and other home additions you want. You should measure the space you have available then buy or fix your furniture and appliances accordingly. If you want home additions like patio or pool get a professional to brief you about their appropriate placement and size.
Get the Cost Estimate of the Material:
Before starting the renovation process look up the material you want to use; its ad
vantages and disadvantages. Talk to multiple vendors, get the product details and estimated cost. Go to a home depot and check out the materials yourself. Don’t just decide what you want to use by looking at pictures at Pinterest but check the things out in person. Many times the color and texture that look good in pictures might not be appealing in real. While looking around in the market there is a chance you might stumble upon something you love but were not aware of. Knowing what it will cost you beforehand will also help you to plan the renovations more realistically. It will give you an idea of what is feasible in your budget and what is not.
Hire an Architect:
The whole point of renovating the house is that you want to improve your living space. Want the existing problems to be fixed and things to be better. Looking at home decor pages and surfing the internet for renovations ideas, will immensely help. It will also help you understand what you like and what you do not want in your house. However, they won’t be able to tell you which side of the house you should build your windows for the best sunlight. For things like that you need professional help. Get an architect and give them the plan you have for renovations and the budget you have drawn out, even suggest the materials you have thought about. He/she will come up with the most workable design, as they are more aware of how changing things will affect other things. For example, an architect will know if you take out a wall how it will affect the structure of the house. Even for structural renovations, like adding cabinets, windows, doors, walls, get a bit of informed advice, so everything is done in a fashion that compliments the whole interior and doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb.
Figure Out How the Work is Going to be Done:
There are always a few things around the house that you can do yourself. However, if you want to save the cost of renovations by doing a certain job all by yourself then chose wisely. Only do the ones that are plausible and you have the skill for it. Don’t be unrealistic, like you can’t do all the wallpapering yourself without there being problems. Hiring someone to undo and redo a botched job will end up costing you more.
Do thorough vetting before you hire a contractor. Word of mouth is usually trustworthy but your vision must be understood by the contractor. Look into the previous works done by the contractor and also see if they have a positive reputation. It is important that the person who is working towards making your vision come true has a flexible attitude and is easy to work with.
Be Ready for Difficulties and Disappointments:
No matter how hard you try, things won’t always go smoothly while remodeling. Things that you did not intend to change might get damaged and you will end up redoing them too. A pipe could be broken by mistake while taking out walls. The wiring system could be damaged. There can be tens of other problems. Therefore, you need to have ample time to sort them out don’t try to hurry renovation work even when it becomes a hassle. The contractor should have enough time to do the job and not be hurried as that would just end in half-baked work. Moreover, there will be a time when work gets halted because of the material unavailability or because of weather, you need to be prepared for all these possibilities.
Remodeling no matter how simple will cost a pretty penny, so don’t start work unless you have the money for it and then start. Once the work starts it should not stop as delays will cost you a lot more especially if you have hired a contractor. Before you start renovation find a place to live in. The house will become loud and dirty and there will be dust everywhere. There will be days when water will run out or you won’t have electricity. So if you can stay with relatives or friends that will be great. Those who can’t move out of their home need to stay positive and with every hiccup think about how to fix it instead of focusing whose fault it was. The renovation process is exhausting both physically and financially don’t let that get to you and just focus on the result.