Buying a new home can be exciting and overwhelming. There are many uncertainties, and these can be multiplied if you need to complete work on the house. People tend to walk around potential houses and don’t realize how much work is needed to make it a home. When you suddenly become influxed with millions of projects that need completing it can become a little overwhelming.
Not knowing where to start can be incredibly hard, so here is a short guide to help:
4 tips for where to start with a home renovation
Make A List
This may seem really simple, but it’s absolutely the best place to start. You can’t expect to remember exactly what needs to be completed if you don’t write it down to refer back to. It’s also the best way to grasp exactly what needs doing and will enable you to prioritize. If you’ve recently bought a house then chance are you’ve already had a survey, that’s your place to start Once you have this you can then add personal jobs to the list.
Sort Out The List
You’ve probably got the longest list you’ve ever seen once you’ve noted absolutely everything down. Now it’s time to sort it out. You should it room by room and by priority. If there is anything that is classed as important from any surveys you should do these first. You could also break the list down into categories that include plumbing, electrics, plastering, painting and decorating and interior design, there is no right or wrong way to do this. When you start to prioritize your list, you can look deeper into certain aspects, such as which brands bring more value for money, and which will result in better resale value. This is, no doubt, the fun bit! You have the opportunity to research everything that will work for the aesthetics of the home and your wallet. If you’ve been looking into Kirsch Drapery Hardware or been lusting after AXOR faucets, let your inner interior designer go wild, but be ruthless, because you will have to start crossing out 90% of your list!
Look For Help
Once you have everything in order it’s time to ask for help.
First off you could approach family and friends to chip in and help with the smaller jobs but you may need the help of professional services for other areas. It’s not the tie to get professional quotes and to find out what’s involved with some of the bigger jobs. Have a look around for plumbers, painting service and a landscaper and ask them to complete quotes, you can get a good idea of what sort of budget you’re going to need to complete the whole renovation project then too.
Make sure when you’re getting quotes you ask for more than one, this way you can control the budget and maybe even barter with the price.
Write A Detailed Plan
Ok, so you might have thought that you have it all sorted now that you have your list, it’s arranged into categories and you have set your budget with quotes, however, it’s now time to write a detailed plan of all the work that needs to be carried out.
Plan out each specific project, create a timeline for each and even go as far as writing a step by step guide for yourself. This is a foolproof way of ensuring it gets completed properly and on time. Even if the things on your list just say ‘get the electrician in’ at least you will know what point your at in your project.
This short guide should get you off to a good start with planning a renovation project of your own. Do you have any other tips that you can share in the comments?