It is natural to upgrade and remodel your home if you have been in it for many years. With destruction comes renovation, and budget is the biggest fear when it comes to revamp. It requires a lot of effort, time and energy to create and renovate your space and there are A LOT of things that you must keep in mind no matter how little the work is. You need to first ‘know what you’re getting into’. Below are the 7-quick tips that will help you smoothly:
- Setup a Strategy
Be realistic! Before kicking start the accelerator, it is recommended to create a plan because a goal without a plan is only a wish and ends up in failure. You need to know your end goal. It is important if you prioritize your things whether you’re looking to renovate your lounge, garden, kitchen, bathroom etc. Break-down your plan and prioritize between labor work, appliances or decorations. Also, make A, B, and C plans (if plan A fails for any reason, you should have plan B ready). You better take your time to choose the options that will suit you best. A precise plan will help you decide how well you can go with the project.
- Create a Budget
Sticking up to a limited budget is one is the most difficult parts of renovation. Before creating a budget, ask yourself if you are really up for this and why. Know your limits and make a master check list of every item that you need. You can never underestimate the cost that comes with renovation (raw material, product, transportation, contract, labor cost, electricity, and hundreds of extra over-head costs. Do not forget to add long-term maintenance, and repair cost in your budget.). So, always add more. It is highly recommended to figure out your finances first to make sure that you won’t end up breaking the bank!
Pro-tip: Always add a contingency plan and back-up capital for unexpected costs. Save 10% of your capital to avoid uncertain events including poor weather conditions, transportation delays, shortage of material, unexpected delays etc.
- Select your Product
Before purchasing the product, think wisely whether you need it or not and why you need that specific product. Get multiple quotes from the vendors. Consider the pros and cons of every product that you select. Compare the brands in terms of price, quality, durability and end-result. Keep in mind and remind yourself that you’re renovating for the future. Follow the trends but always go for classy products because they’re never out-of-fashion. Try to be a negotiator, and for that you need to have a strong communication-game. Look for the best deals and discounts in the market.
Pro-tip: if you’re running out of your budget, you can always leave the smaller jobs and do-it-yourself (including painting, decorations, ripping off the carpets etc.).
4. Get Advice
Research is one of the major tip of renovating. Take time to look for ideas and options. Compare your ideas as per their pros and cons. Talk to your family or friends who got hands-on experience in renovations. An architecture will always be able to convince you for something you don’t really need. It is better to talk to someone who can remind you if you REALLY need this thing or not. You will thank yourself later.
Also, you will get to know what challenges they have faced during the process of renovation. Sometimes, there are little things that you ignore but others are easily able to identify, so tell your friends or family to pay a site visit, or any other architect to get expert advice. Consulting others will help you jot down ideas and perceptions from other’s point-of-view. This will help you in creating a better version of your end-project.
Pro-Tip: Check the internet for millions of ideas and advices.
- Mark Your Calendar
It is recommended to make a Gannt chart for your project. In this way you can find out how efficiently and in what speed your project is going.
Do visit the site daily or twice a day to make sure that everything is going in the pace. Mark and Pen-down every detail (for example: any upcoming holiday, shortage of material) to avoid work delays.
Check-in everyday even if your contractor wants you to visit once a week. Work efficiently!
- Go for Quality
Always go for the quality. By investing in supreme quality, you will avoid regrets in future. Do not buy cheap product, I repeat: DO NOT BUY CHEAP PRODUCT.
Never compromise on the quality if you’re running out of the budget. Go for something similar (less in price, same in quality). Keep it in your mind that it is a one-time investment. If your quality is great, it will require avoid maintenance and repair costs as well. Consider this as your long-term goals and not just short-term gains. Check the internet and compare the pros and cons of every product. I bet you’ll be able to find it right through within your budget.
- Be Patient and Enjoy!
It takes a lot of time and energy in re-creating something. You must remain patient throughout the renovation process. There are up and downs, and a lot challenges. The more you prolong the problem, the more they will arrive. However, when the work is done, you will always enjoy the end results and cherish all your hard work.