Newbie’s guide to renovating your home

Posted by poweruser1 on July 7, 2010

After living in your home for sometime, you may begin to want to change a few things in your home to make it a more functional, more beautiful or more practical space. This feeling is common to a lot of first time homeowners. Everyone wants a better home that is more effective for them. However, renovating your home for the first time could be a daunting and overwhelming task.  This could cause many frustrations, wastes of time, money and effort if not done right.

You have to take many considerations in making your home work for you. This guide will help you to make that first time renovation a breeze. But before we do that we have to ask a question:

What value will the renovation add to my home?

This is a very serious question that requires serious thought as some renovations may create additional value to the home and some may not. All of this depends on many factors, and not all of them are intuitive. You may think that if you add a fixed counter and a bar in the corner of the room that would add to the value of your home, but think again maybe a fixed bar or counter might actually make the value of your home lower.

So, before you renovate your home, first ask whether renovations are really necessary.  Do you really need to renovate or will simply rearranging things in your home do the trick of giving your house a make over without spending too much or adding to the structure of your home? However, if you are renovating for the purpose of increasing the value of your home, do speak with a designer or expert to make sure that your project will add to the value of your home. And, if you have just moved into your new home, take your time before jumping into a potentially long and cumbersome project. Nobody wants to do a bunch of work for something that ultimately doesn’t prove to be all that rewarding.

Tips on Home Renovation

Once you have decided that you are going to get a home renovation then you have to start moving to get it done. However for people experiencing this for the first time, you may be lost in the process on how to go about it. Here are some tips that could help you renovate your home faster and easier.

  1. Think through your needs.

Since home renovation is a huge task you must first think seriously on what you need. List down things that you want to happen and assess your home if these things that you want are possible or if it could be done in your home. Do your homework and read up online about home renovation.

Then you could start finding inspiration and looking through many home designs to get a better idea of what you want done in your home. You could do this by buying and reading some interior design magazines, books and inquiring with building advisory services and home ideas centres to inspire you.

You can also talk to friends and family who’ve renovated and learn from their experiences – what do they love about their renovation and what would they change? Where did they find the most useful information? What traps and problems did they fall into? How did they solve these problems?
This would help you be more knowledgeable about home renovation and build your confidence in going through the process.

  1. Define a budget.

Once you have a solid idea of what you want to do, then you should start deciding how much you want to spend on this renovation. A budget should be a realistic one and something that you could comfortably pay off and not something too big that would blow you into debt. You should quantify the needs and wants and select among them what could easily fit into your budget to create a happy compromise.

  1. Designing your home

After getting a budget, you should start planning. Go out and meet designers who can help you renovate your home. Meet a couple and ask them to prepare a sample space plan and renovation quote for you. This way, you can find out who can design the best and most optimal home for you.

When meeting with the designer, remember that you have to tell them specifically what you want in the space. Do not let them guess and have their way in your home. Remember that this is your home and you have the final say in everything the designer does.

  1. Renovating your home

Once you have selected a designer, finally, it’s time to renovate your home. Make sure that you get the proper permits and secure permissions before doing so to avoid problems. Remember that you have to always be present or available during this time so you can help the designer decide on unexpected problems that may arise that are not covered during the planning.

Renovating your home should never be a burden. I hope that these tips helped you be more confident in creating and making a new look or space in your house. Good luck!

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