With winter just around the corner, you may be thinking of changes you want to make to your home. The kitchen or bathroom renovation that’s a little easier to ignore in warm weather might become a sore point in the winter.
If you’ve been planning a home improvement project, the first step is to come up with ideas and colour schemes you want to go with. Once you have some ideas for your renovation, now is the time to gather information. It’s essential to know the who, what, where, why, and when of home renovations and remodelling.
An important discussion to have is why you want to make changes to your living environment. Ask the following questions:
- Are you hoping to sell or rent your newly renovated/remodelled home? The right renovations can increase home values by 10% to 20%
- Are you updating or doing repairs to protect the value of the house? If this is the case, then your budget is important. You’ll want to make sure the changes don’t cost more than the returns realized on the resale of your home.
- Do the changes improve the enjoyment, comfort, and use of existing living spaces?
- Are you are just tired of the old décor? Maybe you want to make changes that cheer you up and match your identity.
Sam Gosling, a Texas psychologist, thinks the ‘stuff’ in our home reflects our identity and communicates that message to the people visiting it.
For example, maybe the reason you want to renovate the kitchen is that you love to cook and entertain. Changes to a rec room may be to encourage family time because you value family interactions.
When you know the why, it is easier to determine what the project will look like. From there you can determine if it is realistic and attainable to reach your goals.
Home renovation is defined as refreshing, restoring, or reviving things to excellent condition. It differs from remodelling, which changes the structure or form of items. Both of these may be involved in transforming your home to match your dreams.
Whether it is placing new shelves in a closet, or updating a kitchen, you need to pinpoint descriptions of the final project. There are lots of ways to come up with renovation ideas. Surfing the net, attending home shows, watching home improvement programs, looking through magazines, and walking through retail outlets, will all give you ideas.
Home designers often make a design board that takes samples of materials chosen. You can make your own board by asking for samples of tiles, material, and paint chips from retailers. If you’re looking for design board ideas, Pinterest is a great resource to collect websites and images of ideas you like.
If meeting with a renovation company, a solid design will give them something concrete to work with when planning out your project.
Often home renovation or remodelling jobs require special equipment that most homeowners don’t have on hand. If doing it yourself, you’ll need to rent the equipment, whereas a professional home contractor will have the necessary tools required.
Many DIY’ers have been halfway through the job and realize they need to rent other equipment or buy more materials to finish. The equipment might not be available at the rental shop or home improvement store, creating delays for the project. The delay might create a less than optimal finished project. Too many DIY projects suffer due to time, materials, and skill mismanagement. Sometimes the result is projects left undone for years, as people run out of time, money, motivation, or expertise to complete them.
While it can save money to do things yourself, if you know what you’re doing, it can also end up costing way more if you don’t. Especially if you need to hire a renovation company to come in and redo all of the work you tried doing.
Many people often don’t calculate a payment for their own time in comparisons of DIY (do it yourself, not DYI-do yourself in) and professionally contracted projects.
Is it just one room or a whole house? The rooms you change will impact your current living situation. For example, if you are renovating a bedroom with paint and new flooring, you might need to have a place to store furniture and arrange for another sleeping space.
If it’s a kitchen renovation, then you need to think about how you will cook your meals and where you will eat. If you are remodelling an entire floor plan, you may want to consider interim living accommodation. Home renovations can take time, especially a more significant one. Make sure to consider the impact on your home life when planning to make changes.
Who will be the designer and the renovation contractor? Do they offer design and renovation in one business? Some renovation companies just offer that, the construction. Whereas others will provide design and renovation services. Will your contractor be subcontracting the work to other companies? Ask them how that might affect the time to complete your project.
If you are handy, you may want to attempt smaller projects yourself. If so, ask yourself if you have the qualifications for the job. Many people try home improvement jobs like plumbing and electrical, only to find they haven’t met current codes leading to a system utility nightmare and safety hazard in the home later on.
After you consider points from the process above, you may want to break down your vision board into working steps and focusing on one area at a time. The breakdown helps when you draw up the financial costs of the project. You may need to scale down the project, or might be surprised that extra money is available to upscale a feature in your plan.
If you are looking for home renovation specialists, contact two or three and compare the information. Timelines, costs, warrantee for work are all things to include in your comparison.
Include Revive Renovations specialists on your list. You talk directly with our project managers, not sales staff. We will guide you through all the steps needed for your projects. Revive Renovations takes pride in delivering prompt, professional, and personal service. We want you to Love The House You’re In. Let us help you make that happen.