Saturday, 4 March 2017

Home Rejuvenation - A Renovator's Guide to Project Preparation

Is your home looking a little tired or worn out or just boring?

Perhaps it’s time that you thought about what upgrades you can do. Not only do home renovations improve the aesthetic and ergonomic functions of your home, but they also increase its value - boosting any future resale value. If you’re in the market to rejuvenate your home, our guest contributor Grace has the know-how on how to prepare for your perfect renovation project!

Do Your Research
As with any endeavour, especially one as sizeable as a home renovation, it is imperative that you do your research beforehand. This can mean several things. Firstly, you will need to do a once-over of your home, taking down all the areas that you want to be spruced up, fixed or just improved in any way, shape or form.

Next, you will have to decide just how you are going to modify these spaces. Do you need to require any electricals or hiring of machinery, such as from Specialised Force? Will this require the work of a plumber or a builder? Or, are these simply, DIY renovations that you can undertake yourself? 

It’s also important to consider the current style of your home, and to not add a renovation that will disrupt the look and feel of your home.

Budget Budget Budget!
It can be so easy to blow out a renovation budget if you’re not careful. This will have a flow on effect, creating unhappy suppliers and, not to mention, a huge financial burden on you. This is why it’s absolutely paramount to decide on a fixed renovation budget, which is then further split up into each renovation job.

Get realistic quotes from any suppliers and contractors you are going to enlist.

A professional valuer can help you estimate all costs, as well as craft a disciplined budget. This is an extremely important step in your renovation journey, so don’t take it lightly!

Sometimes, Simple is BEST!
Don’t get too ahead of yourself if it is unnecessary.

Sometimes, all it takes to rejuvenate your space is a little simple, DIY, low-cost improvement. Think about fresh coats of paint, a good scrub and/ or polishing your floors and walls, new light fittings, new window dressings, new bathroom fixtures and new door and window handles.

These are all relatively low cost cosmetic renovations that can work wonders, not to mention make a huge difference to your property’s value. Before you get carried away knocking down walls and employing contractors, think what simple additions you can do yourself that can update and upgrade your home’s aesthetic appeal.

Many Hands Make Light Work!
Enlist the help of friends and family to help clean up and refresh your home. If you have any friends or contacts that are electricians, plumbers, builders, painters or roofers; ask them for their advice and perhaps ask to enlist their services.

Moreover, if you are going to undertake some more rigorous renovations, it is absolutely necessary to hire professionals to do so, unless you have those specific skill sets yourself. The last thing you want is to renovate your house and then have to return a few months later to fix any dodgy or unsafe work.

Sometimes, a renovation can just mean a few simple changes with a few friends over to help you out with painting or putting up shelves. Other times, it can mean knocking down walls and re-building the home of your dreams. Whatever your renovation plans, ensure that you stick to these 4 fundamental tips to be adequately prepared for your next renovation project.

Till next time... I'm off to plan a kitchen reno!
xox
Rani

About the Author
Grace is a digitally-hungry, content-obsessed girl that loves concocting the perfect prose. Coming from a sizeable history in content creation, Grace’s strengths have evolved to encompass account management, analytical skills and a love for strategy.SaveSave
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