“Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends and family belong and laughter never ends.” –Author Unknown
Renovation is imperative after living in your house for a significant number of years.
This is not only to improve the overall aesthetics, but to ensure that it would be functioning optimally to suit your needs and your family’s as well. Any home renovation can easily be taken as a fun adventure—provided that you and your family are adequately prepared for it. However, do know that there is also a myriad of ways for it to go wrong as well. From going beyond your projected budget, to realizing you bought the wrong faucet fittings or wrong paint color only after the work is done to hiring a shady contactor—indeed, there is quite a lot that could potentially go wrong from a seemingly innocent renovation endeavor.
Fortunately, this does not have to be the case. If you wish every step of the renovation process is up to speed with minimal to snags at all, sufficient preparation is paramount. Whether you are looking to redecorate a diminutive space such as your bgc condo or a larger scale such as in your vacation house, here are some of the things you ought to consider:
- Know what you like
While this might sound pretty easy to do, it can actually be a challenge. See, you cannot be vague about what it is that you want. Specifics are required in order for you to get the renovation job you are wishing for. So you want a new kitchen, what does that mean? For one, you have to narrow that down to either of two categories which are structural or cosmetic. From there, you can then build and formulate a plan.
- Have an estimate
Of course, when it comes to any renovations, there are those we would dream about and are very much wishful for and then there are ones that we can realistically afford. The reason that we call it dream houses is because more often than not, it does not fit within the parameters of our budget. So, before you start scouring home depots for granite or marble counters and pricey chandeliers, research your local design center first to have an estimate of the material prices and the labor costs as well.
- Do a reality check
More often than not, we get too caught up in the frenzy of renovation planning that we would be off base on what is considered practical and feasible in a home renovation. A project might seem simple and straightforward only to realize that it could potentially send your projected budget to fray when you have to reconfigure plumbing. With this in mind, it is imperative to consult with the professionals first such as an architect or a contractor. These two would possess the expertise to know whether a home renovation would be feasible. Furthermore, they would be able to provide some insight into which projects are actually workable and which ones you might have to abandon and forego.
- Decide to DIY or to hire a pro
While you can save a lot by taking the DIY route in renovations, remember that there are some renovations that would require the services of a professional. Safety hazards and precautions aside, hiring a professional would also ensure that you get the best possible output than having to do a project yourself. Moreover, the renovation project you wish to undertake might require tools only a professional would be allowed to operate. With this in mind, decide first whether a home renovation would be okay as a DIY project or better left to the professionals. After all, you might end up spending more if it turned out you bungled the renovation.