There are a lot of reasons to renovate a home – upgrade old and tired bits around the house, make way for new members of the family or simply for a bit of a house facelift, but whatever reason you opt to go for a renovation, there are a lot of things that can impact it from going smoothly. To ensure that any stress is kept to a minimum, in this article we take a look at a few things you should keep in mind for a fuss-free renovation.
Planning makes perfect
Whether you’re trying to work out the finer details of a ceiling insulation installation or are attempting to gut your entire bathroom, working out a lot of the smaller details in the middle of a renovation can quickly become overwhelming. Perhaps the best way to manage any of these creeping issues is to do as much research as possible into the thing you are managing. Good research not only allows you to approach certain jobs with a much better plan, but it can help you better understand and work out your budget so that you aren’t forking out unnecessary money (especially when your budget is very fixed). Researching is also a great way for you to discover ideas that you might not have considered previously, which can often completely change your approach to certain aspects of renovating. Don’t let this new thinking affect your budget too much, though – seeing something really cool is all well and good, but staying on top of your expenses is much harder than people might think. Spending a little bit more here and there adds up very quickly, especially when you’re working with such expensive materials, so setting it early on by breaking costs down related to plans and then sticking to it is one of the key ways your renovation is going to succeed.
Setting priorities and expectations
Another big part of a smooth home renovation relates to your priority structure – not everything is going to go the way you plan, so working out the most important things will help ensure you’re covered should anything else go wrong, such as your budget coming up short. This will mean you will typically should start working on the priority areas, with these usually being rooms of the house like the kitchen, bathroom and living areas. These are the best places to work on first also due to the fact that they are much more expensive areas to fit out, and they will likely be the biggest budget drains. If you start too late, you might end up with a half-finished bathroom, and that’s the last thing you’ll likely want! If you work according to priorities, you can likely do without a spruced up bedroom in favour of a kitchen that is usable, after all.
Are you working with the right materials?
With all this planning and prioritising, one of the big questions you have to ask yourself is if the materials you plan on using – although you might want to use certain materials for a house next to the sea, you’ll usually be forced to use certain things like concrete, metal and natural timbers, while houses located out in Australian scrubland or areas prone to bushfires should forgo the wood in favour of steel, glass and brick.