Depending on how much of an organised person you are, and how little you like having your creature comforts taking away from you, or you’ve got kids that don’t like all the new noises and strange people wandering in and out every day, a house renovation can be a hard time! Not to mention the money involved, and all the planning and preparation you’ll need to do to make sure you can fit your new kitchen or bathroom into the space you’re working with. All in all, there’s going to be a few of your hairs turning grey from the stress.
But it doesn’t have to overwhelm you, as long as you know what you’re doing and how to approach the entire process. After all, you can renovate on your own or with the help of a professional, and just sitting down with a list of the pros and cons of each means you’re headed in the right direction! So let’s think about the ways to make a house renovation just that bit easier below.
You won’t even recognise your home afterwards!
Give Yourself a Schedule (and stick to it!)
A schedule is the best tool at your disposal, and making one is completely free! And it’s going to be one of the only parts of the process that is, so make sure you take full advantage of that. You’re going to need a schedule to make sure any renovations you want to do are never more trouble than they’re realistically worth, and that you’ve got a realistic goal to live and work by. After all, your house can’t remain a work zone forever, and you want as little disruption as possible.
So try to be strict with yourself, and get friends and other family members to weigh in to hold you accountable. If you need to be sure that you’re going to commit to the schedule and have the work done by a certain date, then arranging a party for a month from now that you’re going to need a clean and safe household structure for is a wonderful motivating factor!
Think About Everything You’ll Have to Budget
Budgeting is something we all need to in daily life, so you should be no stranger to having to budget for a renovation as well. And there’s quite a few factors you’re going to have to work in – you’re going to need to budget for adding in things like new light fixtures and the wires to power them, the sanding down and repainting of the walls you’ve now exposed, adding in new hardwood flooring and making sure they don’t creak under your feet, and then the designer fees and any surveys you need doing.
Coming up with a budget that includes heavy monetary items like these, and it isn’t a comprehensive list by any means, is going to take a bit of time and a lot of double checking. So be sure to open up a spreadsheet and go wild with the amount of variables you add in!
Should You Go Pro?
Depending on the kind of work you want done, and all the surveys you’ve undergone, and the planning permission you’ve had to obtain, you’re probably wanting to go pro from the get go. But do you have to? Of course not, but there’s quite a few areas of the renovation process where you’re going to need an expert on hand.
Whilst you’re thinking of looking up a guide to working with an interior designer, you don’t have to rely on someone else’s vision to know you’re getting a satisfying result once all the work is done. Not to mention, there could be an easy clash of personalities here! But there’s some more practical areas you’re going to be responsible about.
For example, the rewiring work that needs doing in your house, to snugly fit your new living room and wall mounted TV, is something you shouldn’t go near without knowledge of electrical currents and how to handle them. Be safe and sound with your house renovation, and consider hiring on a pro.
So, How is Your House Renovation Going?
Remember, there’s a lot of work to be done, and there’s even more preparation to square away beforehand, but that doesn’t mean a reno is an impossible feat. So make sure you’ve got the time and energy to put all the necessary work in, and don’t let your new house dreams put you out of pocket for too long!