Renovating a home can be a very rewarding, exciting and quite frustrating task all at the same time. The process can be rather complex and challenging, which means you’ll need to do some research before you start. You’ll probably meet some unforeseen issues, so be prepared to spend a bit more money than you previously anticipated. True, there are a mind-boggling number of things that can go wrong, but by being well prepared you reduce the chances of something going wrong to a minimum.
Make a clear list of what you want
Setting a clear goal and making a detailed list of exactly what you’re trying to do, will help you stay on the right track and prevent you from breaking the bank. “I want to redecorate the bedroom” isn’t really a clear goal, is it? Do you want to change the color of the walls? Do you like your curtains the way they are? Is the room too dark? Choose a certain interior style and stick to it. This will help you make the room look organized and harmonious, instead of chaotic. Maybe it’s a modern and contemporary look what you’re going for, or maybe it’s vintage and rustic. Write everything down and then move on to the next step.
Run the numbers
Decide exactly how much money you’re ready to put aside for this project. This will help you understand what is doable and what can be scratched off the list. While a new chair or two are more than welcome, a new sofa is probably going to have to wait a few months. A common mistake a lot of people make is to underestimate the costs. Don’t assume everything will go smoothly and according to plan, always keep in mind that some extra cash is going to be necessary.
Materials are the one main thing you shouldn’t try to save money on. In this case, you get what you paid for so if you want, for instance, your kitchen counters or floors to look good for a longer period of time, be ready to spend a bit more money. Correx corrugated plastic, sheets or rolls, can help with protecting your surfaces from any mess caused by the renovation. On the other hand, there is a self-adhesive carpet site protection film serving a very similar purpose.
See if this is something you can do on your own, or you need professional help
DIY projects are extremely entertaining, if that’s your cup of tea. However, don’t get too ambitious and try to differentiate the things you can do alone from those that require professional help. A designer can save you a lot of time and money and will make sure that everything goes according to plan and that everything is executed properly. If you decide to hire someone to help you, ask for references. Feel free to contact previous clients of the person or company you’re planning to hire.
Once your plans are in the schematic stage, consult a general contractor and ask him to check them out. This is the time to make all the necessary changes and avoid falling in love with the plan that is not going to be executable.