Renovating your home can be an exciting and rewarding time. Maybe the kitchen has been driving you crazy for years.
Perhaps you have allergies and are finally getting rid of that sneeze-inducing shag carpet in the den.
Maybe you’ve got a new family member on the way and want to make sure there’s a cozy space just for them.
Renovating can also be incredibly taxing and stressful if you’re not careful.
Every house has its quirks and this means that you are going to have hiccups along the way. Things are going to go wrong or be more complicated than you initially thought.
Sometimes a color that looked fantastic in the store looks awful in your living room.
Sometimes you discover expensive structural problems behind your kitchen cupboards that cannot be ignored once they’ve been found.
Whatever your reasons for remodeling your home, and whatever surprises are waiting to be discovered beneath your floors and walls, there are things you can consider before the renovation begins that will help make the process smoother.
The following will break down the things you need to keep in mind as you plan your renovations to minimize the stress and maximize ideal results.
Figure Out Your Budget Before You Do Anything Else
Before you do any research or begin cutting images of your dream bathtub out of magazines, you need to establish a firm budget for yourself.
Figure out how much you can comfortably spend and make sure that you are aware of how quickly and easily projects can go over budget.
As a rule of thumb, things are going to be 30% more expensive than you initially thought they were going to be.
There are countless reasons for this, but many of them have to do with those house quirks we mentioned above.
This means that you should always be aiming under budget when making your choices.
Another important financial concern is the common misconception that all renovations will improve the value of your home.
Many people think that they can spend now to get the rooms they want and they’ll make the money they spent back when they sell.
If improving the value of your home is your primary reason for renovating, you need to make sure you’re doing even more research in this area.
The safest renovation choices are those that reduce the cost of bills (insulation, energy-efficient heating, energy-efficient appliances… etc).
While these renovations are certainly not the most glamorous, these are the ones that are going to improve the value of your home.
There Are Things You Can’t Know About Beforehand
Even if your home is new, there is the possibility of surprises. Experts at stsplumbing.com.au emphasize that there are many things that you cannot know about until construction begins.
Things like rotten flooring and timer, poor rendering, and structural issues like termites or bad footings are often impossible to see before tiles or drywall is removed.
To make these kinds of discoveries more frustrating, you often cannot ignore these kinds of issues once you find out about them.
It is important that the contracting team or professionals you work with acknowledging upfront the hiccups that can be discovered.
Be wary of hiring anyone who promises things will be done in a certain amount of time for a certain amount of money.
Renovations Are Often Hard On Relationships
This point does not get brought up enough but is very important.
It turns out that many couples cite a period of the renovation as one of the more difficult times in their relationship.
During renovations, there are obvious stressors such as financial considerations and design/decor agreements that need to be made.
There are also other factors, such as having much less space available to you.
You and your partner might be spending the next month in the same room every time you’re both at home.
You might be eating together over the coffee table for two weeks. Beyond this, renovations are loud and messy and often the environment can lead to an increase in anxiety.
To top it all off, if you’re redoing the kitchen, the two of you might be eating out more often, and much more likely to be taking in unhealthy foods which can result in moodiness or irritability as you a sugar crash.
Make sure you and your partner have agreed upon your expectations ahead of time and you have strategies in place to deal with the inevitable bumps that pop up on the remodeling road.
You each might need a night out with your friends every so often. You each might need to go for a nature walk alone from time to time.
You might have to agree on who gets the one room where it’s quiet enough to get some work done at what times.
You and your partner will likely need extra emotional support during this transitional time.
Plan, Plan, Plan
Before any choice is made, make sure you are doing all the research you can. Make sure that you have considered all your options.
Make sure that you and your partner are on the same page. Things can get messy very quickly during a renovation.
If there’s a strategy in place, you have something you can turn to amid the chaos of it all.
It’s easy to get off track, but if you have a solid plan, you have something that reminds you of what you were hoping to get done in the day.
With the above points kept in mind, you are mentally and emotionally prepared for a home renovation.
Take your time and consult a professional any time you don’t feel confident with a project or decision.
Remember, it’s better to get things done slowly but correctly, than quickly with mistakes. You’re going to be living in this space.
You’re going to have a constant reminder of every cut corner for years to come.
Do your due diligence and make sure you’ve done all the research you can before you make a home renovation choice.