Preparing for a Home Renovation

Whether you are planning a small redecorating project, or a complete home renovation, it's natural to be a little nervous about your DIY plans. Not only do you have to worry about how your new room design will look, and whether you can get it done within your allotted time and budget constraints, you have to consider how the project will interfere with your home life while you get it done.

Before you start your home renovation project, be sure to consider the following:

  1. De-clutter

The less "stuff" you have in your home, the easier it will be to work in each room. Take this opportunity to get rid of unwanted clutter, and move rarely-used items of sentimental value into storage so that they don't get damaged while work is going on.

  1. Working around the project

Think about the way you use the rooms that are going to be re-decorated. If you're renovating the kitchen, prepare for a week of eating sandwiches and take-aways. If you're decorating a child's bedroom, will they be sleeping in your room while work is being done? If so, how will that affect your own habits? If you can schedule the work around a time when your child will be away on a school trip, or when you're going to be eating out a lot because of work commitments, then that will make life less stressful.

3. Do (some of) It Yourself

If you're planning some serious renovation work, such as building an extension, knocking down an interior wall, or fitting a new kitchen that will require some serious re-wiring, plumbing and carpentry work, you will need to call in contractors to do a lot of that work for you. However, you can cut the contracting bill by doing some work yourself. You can strip wallpaper, remove old cabinets, pull up tiles and get rid of old fixtures and fittings.

If you do the groundwork, and make sure that the working area is nice and organized for the contractors by putting as much as possible in storage before work begins, you will be able to cut your contracting bills as a result. The same goes for post-job cleanup. The more jobs you can handle, the more money you will save. Of course, if you don't want to do this stuff yourself, make sure that you make appropriate arrangements with the contractors to have the jobs done for you.

4. Scheduling Work

If you work a 9-5 job, then it makes sense to have the builders working on your property while you're out of the house. If you work nights, have children that spend a lot of time at home, or work from home yourself, then that changes things. If you want the contractors to leave your property before a certain time of day, or would prefer them not to start work until after a certain hour, discuss that with them before you sign a contract.

5. Be Realistic About Your Projects

When you start your renovation project, you're probably full of big ideas, but not all of them are good ideas. Some projects are just too expensive to be practical, and others might go against the entire look and feel of the house. Before you commit to any major renovation, talk to a few people that you trust, and listen to their feedback. Write down your design ideas, and download some photographs of designs that you like. Save them for a month or two, and then come back to them. If you still really like the idea then, go for it. You may find that the urge to redesign your home has passed, and you've just saved yourself and your family from some unnecessary major upheaval.

Amy loves home renovations and design and has redesigned her home many times. With her experience she knows that proper planning is essential to avoid home renovation catastrophe. She has written this article on behalf of Principal Homebuyers 

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