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RENOVATING CAN BE AS STRESSFUL AS DESIGNING YOUR OWN HOME.
Whether you’re looking to renovate your home yourself or thinking about hiring people to do the job, we’ve put together some important tips that will guide you through the process.
1. HAVE A PLAN
Know what you want before renovating and create your renovation plan. Define your scope, budget, and timeline. This plan will help you get organized and prevent you from taking on more than you can handle.
If you can afford to hire a professional to help you with this plan, do so. It’s money well spent. Often times, design professionals’ fees are offset by savings in time and money. They can also help you avoid costly mistakes.
2. HIRE THE RIGHT CONTRACTOR
Hiring the right contractor is quite possibly the most important decision you will make when renovating. This decision will likely determine how successfully and smoothly your project goes. You need to make sure that the contractor you choose is right for you and for the type of project you’re doing.
Before hiring the person for the job, check their references and pay attention to how fast they return your phone calls. You want to hire someone you feel comfortable with and who you can trust to do the job right.
3. STAY ON BUDGET
During a renovation, it’s important to find ways to avoid overspending and stay on budget. Depending on your lifestyle, some items are worth splurging on and others are interchangeable.
If you spend a lot of time in your family room watching TV, that couch is an important item and probably not the best place to cut corners on. Just like in every other aspect in life, it’s important to establish priorities and determine which items are non-negotiables and which can be interchangeable.
4. PROTECT YOUR VALUABLES
A remodeling project will affect every room in the house. Even if you are only working on one space, you want to make sure you protect other areas.
We recommend packing away important items such as pictures, vases, artwork and the like before remodeling begins so they are not at risk of getting ruined or lost during the process. The same goes for immovable fixtures such as built-in cabinets or chandeliers. They should be covered for extra protection.
5. DONATE UNWANTED ITEMS
Renovating presents a great opportunity to assess what you really want and need. It’s like a reset button or a fresh new start. In the words of William Morris, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
If you want to get rid of clutter before you begin renovating and have items you don’t want that are still intact and in usable condition, consider donating them to friends and family or an organization. You can also sell them online or set up a yard sale to help you pay for your renovation expenses.
6. REUSE & REPURPOSE
A great way to save money while renovating your home is to reuse and repurpose items or furniture. For example, a fresh coat in a vibrant color gives new life to any old piece of furniture like a cabinet or a dresser.
Reusing and repurposing items is affordable and will prevent more items from ending up in landfills. Nothing is as exciting as seeing a piece of furniture transform into something completely new!
7. MAXIMIZE SPACE
If you’re looking to renovate in order to maximize space, consider adding multiple uses and functions to your spaces. COVID-19 made us all have to work from home. Not everyone had an office designed into their space.
Maybe your family room can double up as an office? Or your garage can also work as a gym? Get creative about maximizing your spaces! Consider adding multiple uses and multi-functional furniture to your spaces.
8. SUPPORT LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES
Want to feel good while you are renovating? Then why not support local businesses by buying what you need from local shops and stores.
Renovations require a lot of spending and costs tend to add up quickly. Supporting local small businesses is beneficial to the community so you can feel a little better about those added costs. You are likely helping a family put food on the table or provide local jobs.
9. USE YOUTUBE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
If you’re taking on renovations by yourself, don’t try to reinvent the wheel or figure things out on your own. Chances are that you will make costly mistakes.
Get educated on the task at hand before trying to attempt it. YouTube has countless videos on pretty much everything, so use it to your advantage to learn how to do just about anything.
10. STRIVE FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Another important thing to take into consideration is sustainability. Implementing sustainable measures such as choosing energy star appliances, buying zero-VOC paints, or adding solar window films will not only conserve energy, save you money on your electric bill, and improve your indoor air quality but it will also reduce your negative environmental impact.
Renovating with sustainable measures will increase your home’s efficiency, help our environment, and enhance your quality of life.
Whether you’re renovating your home yourself or hiring people to do so, these tips will guide you in the right direction throughout the process. It’s all about thinking about what you want to get out of that newly renovated space and how you’re going to use it. There’s nothing better than living in a space that’s both functional and beautiful!