7 Steps to follow
Renovations are the best way to increase your home’s resale value and keep your home up-to-date with modern designs. Keep the entire process as simple as possible by following these steps;
1. Figure out what you’d like to renovate
Renovations can be pricey and invasive so it’s vital to have a clear understanding of what you want to renovate, why and stick to this decision. This decision will affect your budget, time and personal space depending on how many rooms you want to renovate.
2. Set a budget
Understanding what you want to renovate is one thing but how this affects your budget is something completely different. It happens too often that people start a renovation dream but realise far too late that it doesn’t fit into their budget. You need to have a precise number in mind of how much you can allocate to a renovation and do not deviate from this.
3. Find a reliable contractor
This is one of the most important steps. All we can say is – DO YOUR RESEARCH! Having someone refer a contractor to you is one of the best options because you can see a real-life example of the contractor’s work and get an authentic review.
If you can’t get a referral, do as much research as possible by finding various contractors you can compare against each other. Go through images of the work they’ve done and read their reviews. You can then make meetings with the best-suited contractors to decide who can fit your budget and deliver what you want.
4. Have an open dialogue with your contractor
You need to be in open communication with your contractor about exactly what you want, and create a plan and a blueprint design. This way you can avoid miscommunication. Have a complete and comprehensive plan: it is cheaper and less frustrating to correct mistakes before the renovation takes place.
5. Secure contracts and permits
Make sure you and your contractor have everything in writing and a signed contract. You need this avoid any ‘he said, she said’ conversations and ensure you’re both on the same page.
Sometimes permits are required and are critical in avoiding having to redo work. Make sure your contractor checks your municipality’s latest regulations since inspection rules change and vary in different locations.
Once you have the permits sorted out, you may also want to start ordering the necessary materials needed for the project.
6. Follow the plan
Keep in mind that it makes it difficult when plans change while the renovation is in process. This can prolong the renovation time or add extra expenses. Try staying with the original plan as much as possible.
7. Once everything is complete
Everything is done and your renovation is amazing! Be sure to do a quality assurance check to ensure the contractor or builders have not left wires hanging out or missed patches of paint. It’s important to get any little fixes done right after the project is complete rather than waiting and only realising at a later stage.