I just bought a house. YAY! Crack open the Champagne (the $7 bottle, now we’ve got a mortgage again.) We wanted to buy a house that we could make our own and do things to. Well, we sure ticked that box – there’s plenty to do! In fact, so much that I’m already stressing about the renovations and we haven’t even started yet. So we’ve enlisted the help of professionals at Elite Building and Renovations who know renovations back to front. They also know how to keep your sanity while in the renovating planning process.
Here are their tips: HOW TO PLAN YOUR RENOVATIONS AND KEEP YOUR SANITY!
BE INFORMED & PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED ::
In the course of any build or renovation, no matter the plan, something unexpected is always likely to happen. It is important to communicate with your builder about the process of your build. Have a clear understanding of the work being undertaken at each stage of the project, and the contracted estimated completion dates for each stage. If the likely event of the unexpected occurs, remember to be flexible! Your builder will work with you and their trades to create an alternative plan (or two) to keep your project progressing.
KNOW YOUR VISION ::
Before proceeding with any build or renovation, be sure you are decided on exactly what you want. Discuss and plan out any areas of the project/process you are unsure of with your builder before signing a contract. Changes once work has begun will increase costs, push back completion dates and disrupt the trades schedules.
SELECTING YOUR BUILDERS AND TRADES ::
When choosing a builder or trade, take into account more than just their quoting price; cheaper does not always mean better value for money! Take the time to do some research into their background. Ask for references and view examples of previous work/projects they have been involved in.
RENOVATION EXPECTATIONS ::
There can be many unexpected occurrences during a build/renovation, from extreme weather to unorganized trades. To be realistic with your project, give yourself a 10% cost overrun budget and don’t be fixed on the exact completion date estimated at the very start. Being mentally and financially prepared in this way will help reduce stress if something unexpected does arise to disrupt progress.
TIME OUT ::
It’s hard to take time out and relax in a room that is half standing or smells of paint! With all the intensity of your renovation, you will need a clean, quiet escape. If you are renovating a home while still residing there, it is important to plan the renovation around keeping a room or area work-free so you have a space where you can be comfortable and relax.
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