A home renovation project can take a dilapidated property from rags to riches and is a very exciting process. Whether it’s your first renovation project or you’re a seasoned professional in the renovation game, there are still a number of questions that you will want to ask yourself to make sure that things run as smoothly as possible and you don’t end up caught off guard. So here are five things to consider when planning a home renovation.
- Who is it for?
Whether you are renovating your property for yourself or to sell can completely alter the way in which you handle the project. When renovating for yourself the end goal is obviously to create the home of your dreams, but when renovating to sell it’s important to disconnect from what you like in order to build the home of someone else’s dreams. The materials you use and the money you spend will also be a big consideration if renovating the property to sell as you will want to keep costs down in order to maximise your overall profit. Be clear on who this renovation is for and if a sale is on the cards in the near future then be sure to keep that in the back of your mind to increase your profit and the speed of sale when your property comes to market.
- What’s your budget?
Having decided whether you are renovating your property for yourself or to sell you can now set yourself a project budget. Setting a budget may seem trivial but it’s important to have one to avoid your project costs running away with you and ending up with a half-completed project that you can no longer afford. If renovating multiple rooms set a budget for each room and then one for the renovation project as a whole, this means that should one room start costing you a lot more due to unforeseen expenses then you can alter the budgets for your remaining rooms without compromising your overall budget. As much as you don’t want to, there’s a good chance that your project will go over budget as surprises are common in the renovation game, so be realistic and budget a little higher than expected to account for unexpected expenses.
- Do you need help?
Deciding whether you need help on your project can have a serious impact on your overall budget but it can also decrease the time it will take to complete your renovations. Be realistic about your own capabilities and how long it may take you to complete the project on your own and they weigh up whether it would be worth finding hired help from trade linking sites such as HomePro Match who will help you find reputable tradespeople to help with your project. Remember that you don’t need to hire help to oversee your whole project and that instead, you can hire help for specific sections of your project such as to install a new kitchen or to remodel your entranceway. Hiring help in the areas of your renovation where you lack skills is the best way to keep costs down while ensuring that your project remains on track and is completed correctly.
- Are you prepared for the disruption?
The next big thing to think about is whether you and your family are ready for the disruption that your project may cause. If you are living on the property throughout the renovations then expect to have to deal with a lot of dust, dirt and materials throughout your house. You may also find that you need to survive without your usual amenities such as running water, electricity or your kitchen for a while while they are being worked on. Where possible it can be best to stay elsewhere during your renovation project to save you from having to deal with all the noise and disruption and to enable the builders to crack on without needing to worry who else is in the house. If living elsewhere is not an option then be prepared for some disturbances and be sure to block off the areas where work is being done to minimise the amount of dust and dirt throughout the rest of your home.
- Is the timing right?
You’re set on renovating, have created a budget, decided whether you need help and are prepared for the disruption so the last thing to do is to start when the timing is right. In a literal sense, this means considering the best time of year to start your renovations, in summer the ground is often harder, the days are longer and the weather is less of a contender and so many people choose to conduct their renovation projects over summer where possible.