Even if you?re an experienced homeowner, home improvement projects can be quite a tedious task. Nevertheless, they’re?necessary, as keeping your home in good condition will help maintain its value over the years and even raise it if you?re planning on selling the property in the nearest future. But even if you?re not planning on selling your home any time soon, home renovations are a great way to make your property more suited to your needs and preferences.
Before you decide to go down the path of home renovation, however, it?s always good to have a detailed plan and clearly envision the goals and limitations of your project. The 6 questions we list below will help you accomplish just that, so make sure you have crystal clear answers to all of them before Renovating Your Home.
1. What is the goal of the project?
There are many reasons why you might want to renovate your home. You may want to refurbish or expand an old room, just repaint the walls and switch out some furniture, or transform one of the rooms in your home into a different kind of room. If the project is for you and your family, you can pretty much do what you want and stick to your personal needs and aesthetics.
However, if your goal is to raise the resale value of your house by doing some renovations, then it’s a different question altogether. If that is the case for you, you mustn’t invest more in the renovation project than is average for your neighbourhood. In addition to that, you shouldn’t renovate by replacing furniture and making aesthetic choices. Instead, improve universal practical elements that every buyer will appreciate like replacing an old water heater, improving the insulation, and basically turning your home into a blank canvas for those who will move in next.
2. Have you created a realistic budget plan for the project?
3. Is the property worth the investment?
4. Are the professionals you’ll be working with reputable?
Chances are that your renovation will involve contractors, and big projects like bathroom improvement and property expansion are virtually impossible without the help of professionals. But before you let someone you found through an advertisement mess with your property, you must make sure that they know their job and will be able to provide the services within the deadlines and with the budget you set.
This is why you should always check for referrals from the contractors themselves. Many, if not most, interior design companies, architecture firms, and other professionals have an online presence these days, too, with examples of their work and reviews from previous clients listed on their page. So it won’t hurt to do a Google search of the company before you start working with them, too, to make sure that they’re a good fit for you.
5. If it’s a DIY project: are you capable of doing it from start to finish?
Yet another common mistake people make when renovating their home is being overly optimistic about their handyman abilities. Of course, there are people who are fully capable of transforming their homes without much extra help, but if you have very little or no experience in the specific renovation project you’re planning, it’s best to give up the parts of the job you’re not familiar with to professionals.
For example, if you’re doing a bathroom renovation and you know very well how to replace faucets and paint falls, but have no idea how to lay tile, you can hire someone to do just that one task and do the rest yourself. After all, fixing any mistakes will usually cost you a lot more than doing the same job from scratch.
6. Which parts of the project are necessary, and which ones are optional?
Home improvement is exciting, but envisioning the new room or entire home with all the dreamy features you’ve always wanted to have can lead you down a path of overspending. Be clear about the renovations that require your attention and investment right now, and don’t be too quick on installing extras that you might end up regretting shortly.
To do so, write a list of necessary and optional renovations, and gauge how much time and money you have to realise the project starting with the necessities. If you’re confident that you have budget left for something on the optional wish list, by all means, enjoy and do that, too, but avoid starting with the optional improvements, or else you may end up with a Japanese fishpond and a wine cellar, but a leaky roof or malfunctioning garage door.