Renovating your home comes with a host of challenges which can be easily avoided with a bit of forward planning. The following suggestions are aimed at getting you in a detail-oriented state of mind – the effort you put into the planning of your renovation before it begins will be rewarded with an on-budget, on-point finished product.
Building A Budget
The most important first step to take when planning an overhaul of your home is to create a budget. Begin by listing all of the allocated funds, and the time frame in which you can access them. On another sheet, list the tasks and areas you’re seeking to renovate. By breaking the areas and tasks down into bite sized pieces, you can more accurately work out how much money and time might be required to take on your renovation.
If possible, try to list the elements requiring an overhaul in order of their urgency. If you’re in need of a garage door installation, put that near the top of the list. If your bathroom is still in fairly good condition, place it lower down. Creating priorities is another way to ensure that your budget hones in on your most necessary expenses, while also giving you a neat, chronological to-do list.
Talk To A Professional
Once you’ve set out a budget, it can be a good idea to check in with a professional in order to set realistic cost expectations, and evaluate whether it’s worth hiring a hand or whether to go it alone.
For the cost of hiring a professional, you also receive dedicated care and help for any nasty surprises (such as asbestos removal and disposal) which are hard to deal with if you’re opting to do the renovation work yourself.
Speak with as many qualified professionals as possible, and ask for written quotes. Don’t be afraid to ask for a price match – especially if one company ‘gels’ more with your style or home. Choosing the right person or team to complete your home is important, and can mean the difference between a home you love, and a home you didn’t really ask for.
Chase The Red Tape
If your planned renovation involves any extra structures or additions, it’s important that you receive the necessary permissions to build these well in advance of payments being made. Get in touch with your local council and make sure to complete all relevant paperwork ahead of time.
If your house is heritage protected or has an overlay, it’s often a requirement that you seek approval before embarking on any renovation work. In this case, it’s best to contact both the council and any appropriate state government authority. Failure to do so can make for a very costly mistake.
Read Before Renovating
One of the more fun parts of planning a renovation is the collection of inspiration and materials relevant to your designs. Collect magazines, pictures and ideas which appeal to your taste and find ways to interpret their essence into a style individualized for your home.
Evaluate the pictures or designs that you find appealing. Try to unpack what it is that you like about the image. Is the design of the space able to be recreated and interpreted to fit your home? By answering some of these questions, you’ll be able to better plan your renovation around your aesthetic preferences, while also being able to reject ideas which don’t translate well practically to your vision.
Planning an overhaul of your home involves some creative research, some financial wrangling, and a lot of talking to experts about concrete details. By sorting through the finer points of what you hope to achieve and how you’re planning to undertake it, you can ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.