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What You Should Know Before Taking on a Home Renovation

If conducted incorrectly, renovating your home can be one of the most stressful periods of your life. It can also be an incredibly expensive project to take on, so you’ll want to ensure you do everything correctly the first time around. This is why it’s vital that you plan and consider all elements of your renovation as meticulously as possible before you begin. 

If you’ve got your sights set on an upcoming remodelling, this blog is for you. Here, we’ll be sharing everything that you need to know before you start your new home renovation. 

Create a Budget and an Emergency Fund 

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Before you can take on a home renovation, you will need to know how much you can pour into the construction process. Plus, we always recommend you put aside a smaller budget for any unexpected emergencies that may arise during construction. Remember to factor in costs for the building materials, contractors, and potential permits. The more accurate your calculations, the less issues you will have with your budget allowances, so make sure to double check all your estimates. 

Set a Realistic Time Frame 

Let’s face it, renovation projects always take longer than expected. Therefore, it’s important that you set a realistic time frame. You don’t want your contractors to feel like they are in a rush, as they may not get the job done as best as they can. It’s important to be as efficient as possible with your days. The longer it will take to complete the project, the more money you’ll need to put up to keep the construction going. If you are going to need some more time, be as transparent as possible with all parties involved. 

Hire the Best in the Business 

When it comes to hiring residential restoration services, we recommend that you look for the best in the business. Although this may not be the cheapest option in the short-term, we guarantee it will help you save money in the long run. When you hire people that are experienced and skilled, it’s less likely that you will need to redo any of the work they carry out for you. Don’t hesitate to ask for referrals when interviewing different contractors. 

DIY Wherever Possible 

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If you don’t have plumbing, electrical, or building experience, stay away from the most important structural renovations. However, there are many stages of a remodelling that require minimal skills and can be DIY-ed. Don’t be afraid to have a go at the more simple things, such as painting. If you’re feeling up for the task, you can also look up tutorials on YouTube that will explain how to DIY more complex home renovation tasks. This can save you thousands of dollars and it’s also a great way to feel more involved with the project. 

Consider Potential Permits 

Depending on the type of property you have purchased and the location it is in, you may or may not have to request various permits before you begin your renovations. Ask local officials whether you’ll need a permit and, if so, how much these will cost. You typically receive all then necessary building permits through a municipal office; however, you could also speak to your contractor and ask them to sort it out for you in exchange for a fee. Simple home renovations, such as paining, installing carpet, and replacing faucets don’t require any permits. 

Account For Future Lifestyle Changes 

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As we previously mentioned, renovating a home can be rather expensive. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure you get it right the first time around. Make sure to account for future lifestyle changes when designing your home. For example, if you would like to start a family in the future, make space for extra bedrooms. This is possibly one of the biggest regrets people have when renovating their home. They spend thousands of dollars building their dream property, only to find they grow out of it in the next couple of years. Rather than having to start the whole process again, make sure to account for future lifestyle changes. 

At the end of the day, remodelling your property is a fantastic opportunity to create the home you have always dreamt of. Sure, this can be rather stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. All you need to do is ensure you plan for every possible scenario. Make sure to keep our tips in mind and try to enjoy the process every step of the way. 

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