Living in the same place for a long time is always a good thing. When you feel attached to your home and you're so comfortable in that space, you don’t ever want to leave! Although, we do know that from time to time, it kind of gets old, right? Do you sometimes feel like your interior gets boring for you? Before you decide that it's time to renovate, here are a few things you need to do in preparation for your renovation project.
Set Aside a Realistic Budget
Set a realistic budget depending on the extent of your renovation. If it is just a paint job, it will not set you back by so much. If there is hacking, tiling, plumbing, masonry, carpentry and electrical work involved, expect that to set you back by a few thousand dollars.
If you’re on a tight budget, you can tackle one area at a time. Decide which area needs improvement first, and then renovate another area once you have saved up enough for it.
You also need to consider how the renovation work will affect your home environment (albeit temporarily). If the extent of renovation is drastic, you might consider setting aside a budget to rent a separate place for you to stay in the interim.
Pin Photo Inspirations
You can do this digitally or old school! Collect design inspirations, colors, themes, furnishings, and the like. Usually, this goes first but then again, you'll have to make adjustments according to your budget. Choose inspirations that realistically fit your resources to avoid wasting time and effort.
Research for Materials
Go back to those pinned photos of rooms and furnishings that you have chosen as inspiration. List the materials needed for your renovation: wallpapers, paints, lighting, type of tiles, flooring type, etc. Start listing down the materials needed and check how much it will cost you. You can also consider alternative materials that are cheaper but just as durable. Adjust materials accordingly if possible.
Figure Out What You Can DIY
It is possible to DIY some items in your renovation list. Whether it's wall art, a bookshelf, or a cabinet, being able to create something gives you a sense of pride for accomplishing something. Take the time to plan out the tasks you want to take on and see if you have the skills required to do it. You should also consider the time it will take you to finish them and if the time is worth your effort. A word of advice: leave the electrical work to the experts. You don’t want to risk the safety of your family just so you can save some money.
Let the Professionals Handle the Difficult Jobs
Having the professionals handle the complex part of the renovation work ensures that your project is handled efficiently and effectively. Call them in advance to get an estimate on your project’s timeline, description of the work required, and a quote for the cost. Draw up a contract for your renovation before any work is started — this will protect you as the homeowner, and it emphasizes the expected deliverables from your contractor. It is also best to hire a project manager who understands your vision for your space for you to get recommendations on how you'll be able to capture your inspiration best.
While it is good to keep your focus on your goal, flexibility is also important. If your budget or skill set do not match what you have in mind for your home renovation, don’t be afraid to change the plan. It’s important to set your expectations realistically with the space you’re renovating.
Once you’ve prepared these things, you're ready to start with your home improvement.