How to Prepare for a Home Renovation

A home renovation can be super exciting. Ranging from a mini renovation whereby your home gets a facelift, to a full on revamp with walls knocked down and an extension added, making over your home has never been easier. Before you get started though, it’s important to have a good think about the issues mentioned below, just to make sure that everything you’ve got planned is right for you and your circumstances. Read on to find out more and take a look at this link for building materials to get you started.

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How Long Are You Going to Live There For?

Are you going to be moving out in the next five years? If so, it’s important to keep potential buyers in mind when you’re planning your renovation – use neutral colours on the walls and think about the finish you’d want to see when looking for a new home. Focus more on the kitchen and bathrooms, as these are probably the most important rooms when it comes to selling up and if you can, use quality materials that will last a good few years. If you’re not moving out, or are renovating to create your forever home, you can afford to be a little more creative.

What’s the Next Step?

Trying to do everything at once can be expensive, and not to mention, disruptive. That’s why many people choose to do gradual renovations, whereby they add things and replace things and decorate as and when they can afford to. If this is what you’re doing, you’ll need to plan ahead. For example, if you’re replacing the kitchen cupboards and the worktops but can only afford to do one at a time, do the worktops after – it can be very difficult to remove a worktop without cracking it, particularly if it’s made of marble or granite. If you’re replacing the sink and want to add a shower tap later on, get the relevant holes cut before you fit the sink as it’ll be a real pain in the bum to do it later on. Plan ahead and you should be just fine.

How Long Will it Take?

Contractors tend to be quite conservative with their time estimates and if you’re having major work done, such as a new kitchen, bathroom or bedroom, it can be very distracting. If you have to sleep somewhere else whilst the work takes place, it can be even worse – especially if the contractor takes more time than they quoted. Before you sign a contract, call up a few of their references and ask them if the contractor finished on time – just to give you peace of mind.

What Should You Do First?

As a general rule, the first room you tackle should be the smallest room in the house – for example, the bathroom, or the home office. Do everything, including all of the finishing touches. When you start to move onto bigger rooms like bedrooms and the kitchen and things start to get a little bit stressful, you can look at your completed room and feel a sense of achievement. That’s what you’re doing this for.

Source: nest.com

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