Whether big or small, a home renovation project is often viewed as a stressful and expensive affair. While it’s true that renovating a room or an entire house comes with a lot of work, it needn’t turn into a nightmare for you!
One of the biggest mistakes when remodeling a home is going into it without being completely organised. In fact, that’s how the nightmare begins! On the other hand, by taking every little detail into consideration, you can easily stay on top of your home improvement project and be prepared for any “inconveniences” that you and your family may encounter. A few examples of such situations include having enough supplies, planning your meals in advance, sorting out sleeping arrangements (if applicable), etc. In other words, you need to be prepared in order for things to go according to plan.
So, if you want a smooth sailing home renovation project, here are some tips to get organised!
Start Planning at the Earliest Stage
As soon as you decide to do a home improvement project, that’s when the planning must begin! Keep a diary or organiser handy to note down exactly what you want to do, things you’ll need, a budget, etc. All the research you do with regard to supplies and price comparisons should also be noted down; this will help you figure out a feasible budget for your project.
Another great thing about planning early on is that you’re less likely to forget anything important because you have more time to think and cross check information you’ve been writing down. You will have a much clearer picture of what to expect and how to work around any problems that may arise during the home improvement project.
Keep Rubbish in Your Home to a Minimum
Once the work begins, you’ll have a lot of rubbish piling up in and around your home. From debris, to empty supply boxes and packaging; in a matter of hours, a clean and tidy room can turn into one gigantic mess! What’s worse, the visual of piled up rubbish alone, is generally enough to make one feel stressed out and overwhelmed by a home renovation. Nevertheless, this needn’t be the case if a few measures are taken to curb the amount of rubbish lying around during a home improvement project.
For starters, you can go around and collect rubbish in garbage bags at least twice a day. This, of course, would exclude large debris. Additionally, it may seem pointless to vacuum up dust and fine debris from your floors before the work is complete, however, it actually aids in making the final clean-up a lot easier. Hence, vacuuming or sweeping at the end of each day is something you should definitely consider.
Keep Your Budget in Mind as Expenses Pop up
Typically, the budget for a home renovation project is determined at the beginning; however, as the works gets on, expenses start to pop up and you end up exceeding it. The whole point of making a budget is to stick to it so that your finances aren’t strained. Unfortunately, many homeowners make hasty decisions during a home improvement project, simply because they are eager for it to be completed. In this manner, you end up spending way more than you wished you would.
The key to staying within your budget is to stop and think before you decide to spend an extra cent. As soon as new expenses pop up, sit down and figure out how you can do away with them, lessen the amounts, or substitute one expense for another. Yes, there may be some sacrifices involved, but at least you will be comfortable with the amount of money spent on the entire project by the end of it!
Don’t Be Afraid to Make Changes During the Project
Many home improvement projects start out with a fixed plan until homeowners think of other (perhaps, better) ideas. Provided that the changes to be made won’t overshoot your budget, it’s absolutely fine to change your mind about certain aspects of the project. After all, you need to be happy and satisfied with the outcome.
Apart from intended changes, sometimes, a home renovation project encounters some problems which call for changes to be made. Again, it’s best not to be hasty with any decisions; instead, take a couple of hours to come up with a solution that best suits your home renovation goals.
Plan Your Daily Routine in Advance
Depending on which rooms of the house are being renovated, your day-to-day routine may be slightly affected, or majorly affected! Hence, you need to plan how you will prepare meals; where you and your family will eat, sleep and work/study; etc.
Of course, a house renovation project can also interfere with affairs outside of the home; therefore, it’s important to check your schedule and free up time which can be devoted to the project. Dedicated supervision is necessary to ensure that things are running smoothly, and problems are tackled in a satisfactory manner.
Make a Deal with Suppliers to Return Excess Material
While it’s always better to have extra material just in case you need it, at the end of a project, it’s nice to know that you can reclaim some money for supplies that haven’t been used. For this, you need to have a written agreement from the supplier stating that they will accept any material purchased that has not been opened/used.
Similarly, it’s a good idea to enquire about ordering more supplies should you fall short during the home improvement project. Find out how much time it would take to get the extra supplies and if there will be added costs for the same.
Yes, a home renovation project is a big deal, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare if you go about it the right way!