Home renovations involve lengthy and expensive processes. So, it only makes sense to thoroughly prepare for it and avoid facing unnecessary issues that may cause further delays, ensuring that everything goes smoothly.
That said, here are nine things you should never forget when doing home renovations.
Understand the Occupant’s Needs
Consider the needs of who will use it – Is the room for a child or a teenager who craves privacy and independence? Buildings always consider the needs and preferences of their end-users. Creating a new room or studio for one person is very different from planning the construction of a public restroom in a mall or a park. If your teenager is into music, you may want to consider soundproofing the walls sothat he or she can enjoy the hobby without disrupting other members of the household – or the neighbors!
Assemble a Team and Have an Agreement To All of Them
Never blindly hire the cheapest designers, architects, or builders you can find, unless they’re highly rated and well-established. After all, home renovation projects are expensive. That’s why it’s best to have a thorough chat with the contractors’ previous clients to ensure they’re reliable. Make sure to ask for examples of recently completed projects.
Additionally, it’s wise to consult with your team beforehand to ensure you all have an agreement, which should include the timeline of the renovation and its total costs.
Check the Layout
Many homeowners fall for the same mistake regarding home renovations, and that mistake is that they think they always mean a complete makeover. After all, you may like the current layout of your home, meaning the renovation will only involve choosing new materials for different aspects, like cabinets and shelves.
However, if you feel like having a new layout is necessary, then plan more carefully.
Create Budget and Scope Before You Start
Before giving the clear to start your home renovation project, make sure to settle on the project scope and budget. That’s because, during home renovations, homeowners usually get inspired or persuaded into doing more than what they intended to, turning an original plan into something unnecessarily wrong and expensive. This phenomenon is called “scope creep.”
Not only does “scope creep” prolong the project, but it can also make you go over budget, making it time-wasting and unnecessarily expensive. So, before starting a project, think long and hard about the scope of work and budget to avoid going off-track.
Factor in Furniture and Appliances – But Don’t Forget About Your Lifestyle
Renovating your home involves new furniture and appliances, meaning you need to ensure each room’s layout can accommodate them. You can do this by having the contractor take the measurements of the rooms you’re planning on renovating before you shop for new appliances and furniture.
However, besides the things you’re planning on adding to your newly renovated home, don’t forget to consider your lifestyle too.
Find the Balance Between Form and Function
Whether you’re renovating a room or your entire home, keep in mind that the makeover will boost its functionality too. That’s because if you’ve renovated your home with comfort and convenience in mind, it’s not wise to sacrifice functionality for aesthetics. Luckily, with proper planning, you can find the right balance between the two.
Check-In on the Job Site
Even if the designer, architect, or general contractor you hired performs regular construction observation on your behalf, it’s ideal to stop by yourself to see how things are going. However, don’t be pushy and avoid getting in the way of the subcontractors working on your home. After all, you should be able to trust them to do their jobs properly since you’re the one who hired them.
Of course, they may make a mistake or two, and if this happens, talk to your contractor and avoid making a scene out of it.
To ensure that everything goes your way and avoid future issues in the home renovation process, always prioritize communication. Establishing open communication lines is a great way to prevent conflict and make sure you and the workers are on the same page. Remember to be upfront with your expectations from the start but set realistic goals to make it easier for all parties involved.
If you find yourself dissatisfied with some aspects of the project, don’t hesitate to speak up. After all, it’s your home and money, so make sure to communicate with your contractor to address the issues early on.
Be Specific with Your Instructions
You have an idea, a budget, and time constraints. You need to be clear about what you want to happen when talking to your contractors. They will implement your plan, and they are in the best position and experience to make your renovation or remodeling work. There will be times when things require a change in plans, and all of you need to be flexible about how to do change orders. Keeping the work within the schedule, will helps ensure that the work is within your budget.
Without preparation, your home renovation project can lead to mistakes and further delays, which can be expensive and cumbersome. That’s why to streamline the process, prepare the things the project needs early on, including those essentials mentioned, making it easier for you and the workers.
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