It’s time to change the home. You know that much, but do you know how much responsibility, how much money, and how much work it’s actually going to take to get it done? This isn’t about scaring you off your big home renovation project. Instead, it’s about making sure you’re ready for the renovation so it doesn’t just remain a “project” forever and instead becomes a home.
Know the budget
If you want to really transform the home, then you’re probably aware that it’s going to cost you quite a bit. There are ways to reduce costs and scale down plans, but even if you have a truly extravagant budget, actually planning it out and realizing how much you have is essential. Renovations that are never ending and poorly planned out can drain funds faster than you can blink, and failing to budget is the easiest way to end up with an unfinished home.
Know your priorities
Figuring out how much you have to spend and on what then leads you decide which direction you should weigh your expenditure, as well as your efforts. Some jobs might take more effort and money than others. Figure out your wants and needs not only in the abstract. Take the time to list them out and prioritize them so that if you have to choose one over the other, you know you have thoroughly laid out the choice beforehand.
Know what you can do
You can save yourself some time and money by being more open to the idea of taking on more of a hands-on role in the renovation or remodelling of the home. Of course, this means having the right tools and being confident in your DIY skills, preferably having some experience with the jobs that you’re trying to take on.
Know what you can’t do
On the other hand, don’t overestimate yourself. When you need experts in, call them instead of taking a crack and potentially making the problem worse and the solution costlier. For most people, it’s only good sense to call in the plumber or electrician when going anywhere near the utilities. However, knowing when to employ an interior designer can help you get around some of the trickier aspects of finishing a home. You might have tastes and inspirations of your own, but the professional experience of putting a room together is something else entirely.
Know how your family will work around it
Making changes to the home can be a disruption to family life. That’s a no-brainer. If work is being done with the electrics or plumbing, then you’re going to have parts of the home that won’t be accessible for days on end. If you’re getting a whole renovation done, then work can proceed much quicker and you can avoid stress if the team doesn’t have to work around the family. Planning a getaway for the family in advance is the best way to make sure that no-one is getting in each other’s way.
As they say, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Thoroughly assessing your needs, your budget, your options, and how it’s going to affect your family and home life is essential to planning a successful transformation for the home. Don’t account for those and you might end up in a nightmare home that’s perpetually unfinished.