Home renovation can be a stressful undertaking, but it can also be worthwhile. There are plenty of reasons it might be time for an update to your space. Your family may be growing or changing, your lifestyle may have new needs. Buying a new home to meet your new needs isn’t always what you want, nor is it necessary. Home renovation can be an affordable option to transform your home into the right space for you and your family. Renovating a fixer-upper into your dream home can be a rewarding experience. Here, we’ll go over seven tips to make your home renovation a success.
Planning is Key
Anyone will tell you that planning your renovation in advance is a key first step to making it successful. Depending on the scale of your home renovation, this might involve more people than you think. Consider if you need an architect, a designer, a contractor, etc. Don’t just go with the first one you find either. Shop around for your options, and make sure to thoroughly vet your top candidates before you hire anyone. Getting references is a solid step to make sure you feel comfortable working with them.
If you’re moving walls around, make sure your builder and your architect have fully planned out all the steps. These plans should be done well in advance of any actual work being done. Fully planning out your home renovation in advance will help you plan your budget and avoid surprises.
Take it One Thing at a Time
Once you’ve made all the plans and decided on the scope of your home renovation, stick to it. You’ve already decided on your budget, and you already know what you can get done for it. Even if you have the financial capabilities, adding projects to your renovation can be a slippery slope. Complete the project you’ve planned for first before deciding if you want to take on another. It’s easy to get caught up in smaller projects and they can easily become never-ending.
Build a Budget
Start with your dream renovation and ask your builder or contractor to build a realistic budget around that. You may have to tweak it some to fit within your actual budget, but this way you can get as close as possible to your dream home renovation. It’s important to be upfront with your contractor about the level of detail you expect in a budget. The last thing you want is a contractor lowballing you to get the job only to hit you with hidden costs later. This is another spot where getting multiple consultations can be helpful. If one of the offers you get is significantly lower than all the others, it may be too good to be true. Your budget should also have room for contingencies, as construction rarely goes completely to plan.
Your budget should also take the age of your home into account. If your home is older, consider having an asbestos abatement plan. If you do end up finding asbestos in your house, it’s crucial that you get it professionally removed as soon as possible.
Make Decisions Early
Your home renovation will ultimately run much smoother and faster if as many decisions as possible are before any construction begins. Things like tile, flooring, countertops, etc. Ordering them later in the process means you’re risking delays due to shipping issues or even indecision.
Think About a Temporary Move
Home renovations take a long time and that’s not a secret. They’re also messy, loud, and they can even be dangerous to your health. If you have the ability, it may be a good idea to look for temporary housing. Coordinate with your builder about whether your renovation will require moving out.
Saving and Splurging
When you’re planning your home renovation, prioritize what’s most important to you. There can be a few things you can save on, and a few things you can splurge on. Saving may mean scaling back on landscaping, or simpler cabinets in the garage. Splurging can be something like a decked-out kitchen island.
Look at the Big Picture
Renovations can be frustrating, time-consuming, and ultimately rewarding. Remember to keep the big picture in mind to help you stay positive in times of frustration. However, if you are too busy to do your home renovation by yourself and would prefer to build a home of your dreams don’t hesitate to contact Vitale Homes, a semi-custom home builder.
Vitale Homes builds new single-family homes in both large and small master-planned communities as well as self-developed neighborhoods throughout the Tampa Bay area, with a particular understanding of the Land o Lakes, Wesley Chapel, Hudson, New Port Richey, Odessa, and surrounding towns of Pasco and Pinellas counties. Whether this is your first home or twentieth home, you’ll experience the Vitale Difference of personalized customizations, exceptional included appointments and finishes, upgrades, and energy features often above industry standards and always above expectations.
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