How to Get Ready for House Renovation
Having any house renovations can be upsetting. We are not just talking about emotional upset, but the house hold being disturbed. How can you get ready for a house renovation and minimize the stress?
This will seriously depend on the type of renovation or project you are undertaking.
We are all watching the 'pennies' or 'cents' nowdays, this has been made worse by the ingoing economic climate. We may have been tempted to move house not too long ago in order to upgrade to a larger property, or to gain more back yard space. We now consider carefully whether a house renovation or refurbishment is a better option. Obviously, you need to research the housing market. Look at the area in which you live, the market value of similar properties to your own, set off against the cost of the renovations you are planning. In a thriving housing market (hopefully not too far away), you will 'reap the rewards' of your renovation in financial terms, should you want to sell in the future.
From a buyers' perspective, what is a buyer looking for in a property? The two main rooms that buyers want to see updated are the most expensive to renovate, these are the kitchen and bathrooms. Adding an outside entertainment area is also a selling feature.
Living in your home while a renovation is taking place can be a little stressful, so how can you get ready for your house renovation and make the process as painless as possible?
Research is essential, unless you are a specialist in home renovating, I would seriously consider hiring professionals. Word of mouth is probably the best way to choose who should manage the project. You could search sites such as ANGIES LIST which has a great reputation. Ask for at least 2 quotes from different firms. Also ask to see examples of their work. Personally I would prefer to see examples of work completed, even meeting a couple of satisfied customers, than readily on website testimonials. Take into consideration that even though you have employed a firm of specialists to do the work, they may sub-contract out to other specialists where required. Ask who is going to undertake the plumbing or the electrics, find out a little more about the people what you are sharing your home with.
Take your time in choosing materials, do not be rashed, making rash decisions could cost you more in the long run. Think carefully about the room you are renovating, what is its primary function. Who uses the room and how often? What look do you want to achieve? and of course how much are you prepared to spend? Is there a little more in the budget in case of the unexpected happening?
Keep a diary of events, take before and after photographs. Make sure you have contact numbers for your contractor or customer care center. Ask questions. Keep reviewing the progress made. If you are not happy with something, address the issues before the project moves any further.
I also think it is important to be on-site as the project starts to unfold. Know who is coming when at time, how long is the project going to take. Ask for an estimated date of completion. Do not pay the full amount of money before the project is completed and you are guided with the results. A professional contractor should have the loans to complete the renovation without asking for project money. However, a small deposit is acceptable to go towards materials.
From a practical point of view, we can not all take off on holiday and come back to a fabulous designer room complete with accessories and flowers. So make sure if you are 'living in' the project, that you can manage without this room functioning completely for a while. Professional contractors know how disruptive renovations can be and they will not leave you without running water for example.
Finally, have some 'bubbly' ready in the refrigerator to celebrate once the renovations are complete.