Some common mistakes can be avoided when deciding to renovate your home in order to create a dream space for you and your loved ones.
Before you start the process, planning is key, and there are some aspects which must be taken into account.
Here are some things you can do, and not do, to ensure this lengthy and challenging process is completed with as little stress as possible.
Do: Expect it to take longer than you might prefer
While reality TV shows suggest entire home renovations can be done in days, it is best to anticipate that it will take some time, especially if you want the job done properly.
Ensure you set aside a space in your home where you and your family can continue to live your daily lives with some peace and privacy.
By renovating one room at a time, you can make sure you always have your own space and you and the contractors are not getting in each other’s way.
Alternatively, if you’re renovating your entire home and you want it done quicker, it might be best to find a space to rent until the work is completed.
It is also important to note that there can be issues and unforeseen stumbling blocks along the way, which might extend the predicted completion times of your home renovation.
Don’t: Push your budget to speed up the process
Provided you have made plans to give you and your family some space while renovations are being done, there is no need to overspend in order to complete the work quicker.
Rather take your time, let contractors ensure the work is done properly, and reduce your anxiety in the long term by putting yourself under financial stress.
In addition, taking a conservative approach by doing one room at a time can assist you in sticking to your budget.
It is also a good idea, before you begin renovating, to seek advice from a financial advisor. Take into account that unforeseen issues can result in the process costing more than planned, and having a buffer in your budget (just in case) can reduce long-term stress.
Do: Celebrate steps along the way
Though you might have a long-term vision of the dream living space you want to create, you can stay motivated by appreciating each room as it is completed.
Like building a jigsaw puzzle, each step you take forward is a victory, and it’s important to remain positive by enjoying each part of your home when that specific job is done.
Again, home renovations can take time, and even completing parts of rooms like tiled floors, new kitchen counters or the bathtub you want can give you reasons to celebrate.
Don’t: Compromise on quality to save money
While it can be costly in the short-term, purchasing high quality electronic appliances, decor and materials can save you money in the long run.
You don’t want to have to renovate your home every few years, and buying trusted and reliable brands ensures they will last, as it can be a one-time investment if done correctly.
Making your home eco-friendly and energy-efficient can also help you save money on utility bills including electricity, water and gas. In addition, these options are good for the health and well-being of you and your family.
Do: Reuse and recycle where possible
Save money, time and energy by keeping old furniture, materials, and houseware like lamps, chandeliers and curtains wherever possible.
Don’t: Experiment too much with colours
Not that it should be entirely avoided, but using bright or different colours in every room of your home can make your space look smaller and darker.By using neutral colours like white, grey, beige and brown, you can make your home look bigger and more spacious.
This can also help you keep up with changing trends, as neutral colours don’t go out of fashion.
Some work can be done yourself, but it’s best to seek the advice of experts and hire professional contractors for major home renovations.
Whizzoh’s extensive network of experienced, qualified individuals offer a wide range of services from remodelling to upgrades, giving you a chance to expand or personalise your space with no mess and no fuss.