With the market in the state it is right now, a lot of people are considering renovating their home instead of selling and buying new, but the task itself can be quite scary. A renovation can be anything from changing a countertop and paint to taking out a wall and ripping up your flooring. Is your family outgrowing your home? You could look in to an addition instead of putting your house up for sale. In the long run, the extra square footage could drive up your resale price, while making more room for your family right now. Regardless of what you are planning on doing, there are things you should think about:
Budget – Needs vs. Wants
Obviously we all want the best of the best. That 60” TV in the living room or the Carrera marble in the master bathroom, but are these necessary? Or is your money better spent on practical things like replacing that drafty patio door or fixing that leaking kitchen faucet? These are just some of the things that you should sit down and think about. Try to map out everything that needs to be done by putting things in the need and want categories, then going through them one by one to decide which are most important. Try not to get carried away and use every last penny of your budget on wants though, as it’s almost a guarantee there will be some unexpected complications. Your contractor can guess at what is hiding in that wall or bearing points in your trusses, but you never completely know anything until the wall is ripped apart or you take a look in the ceiling. Which brings me to my next point…
In my opinion, anything to be tackled above a simple renovation should have a hired professional on hand. Not only will they get things done faster and with fewer problems, it’s their job. They will keep the project on track and, most importantly, on budget as much as possible. Way too many times I’ve seen people take on their own renovations after work, or on the weekend when they have a couple days off and it often leads to their house being ripped apart for months. Yes, it costs a little bit more money to hire someone to come in and take over for a month or two, but believe me when I say this, it is worth every penny.
Are you ready to live in a renovation? The stress and dirt are going to magnify everything going on in your life unless you take a deep breath and realize things are going to go wrong, timelines aren’t going to be spot on, and unexpected costs will arise.. And there’s nothing you can do to stop them. It may seem like you’re going to be living in a maze of plastic sheets and dust forever but one day it will end and you’ll realize that everything was worth it.
One last piece of advice that I’ll leave you with before you start your renovation is this: www.houzz.com. This website, which I’m sure most of you have visited at one point or another, is a lifesaver when it comes to anything house related. When going to a consultation, we try to take the vision out of the clients head and put it on to paper so that we’re all on the same page. Ideabooks are the easiest and fastest ways to get us all to mesh. If you would prefer using magazines, consider cutting out pictures of your favorite things and putting a board together. This could include anything from paint colors you like, to a door style you found, to the smallest detail you fell in love with on a piece of furniture. Anything visual will help everyone get on the same page and make the renovation turn out exactly as you pictured it.
Most of the time I finish my articles off by telling you to have fun and there is no wrong answer, but when it comes to extensive renovations, you have to be careful. If you are making any structural or electrical changes or if you aren’t absolutely sure of something you’re doing, please consult a professional. If you aren’t sure who to turn to, feel free to give us a call at the store and we will point you in the right direction.