5 Factors You Need to Consider
By: Hannah Stevens
Preparing a home for renovation or interior redesign is not always easy. In this article, we will explore the aspects that have significant implications for your renovation project. Whatever reason you have for revamping your home, we all build some sort of attachment to its current interior – even if it needs desperate measures of upgrading. The last thing you want to encounter is having to spend all your time, money, and excitement on an outcome that doesn’t meet your expectations. So, how can you avoid a disastrous outcome?
- Finalizing A Budget Range
Before drawing a budget, it is good to assess your skills against the needed changes. If you find yourself up to the task, you can strike off the cost of hiring a contractor from your budget. A budget will also guide you on the type of changes to pursue. Many times going online to see how much it would cost to renovate will give you unrealistic expectations for cost, since they change year to year. The best way to decide on a budget is get a free quote from a contract. The benefit of budgeting for experts to do the job is that they know exactly how to deliver a quality renovation. In the end, you’ll get more of a bang for your buck!
Budgeting will also help you set a work plan and determine the most practical renovation options. For example, considering to improve the insulation in your bedroom will aid in sleeping better and overall save on your home’s energy consumption.
- Keep an Eye Out for Budget Busters
A good example of this would be replacing your light fixtures with recessed lights or track lights, which require some wall or ceiling construction to accommodate the lights’ connections. Once you figure out which items are budget busters, you can explore several ways of lowering the costs. However, be mindful that going cheap may be at the expense of quality. You may end up incurring expensive repairs in the future, or products that just don’t last.
Other areas that will add considerably to your budget may include putting up a new window, redesigning a floor plan, or fully replacing a set of furniture. Make sure you do proper research on these major changes and seek professional consultation from interior designers.
- Consider the Return on Investment
It is always a good idea to assess if the changes are adding any value to your home. Having a good idea of the return on investment is particularly helpful if you are planning to put it up for sale.
- Check for Regulatory Restrictions
As a homeowner, you have the primary responsibility to make sure that all renovation projects have the required permits and approvals, especially if you are doing the work yourself. On the bright side, you may not need to seek permission for minor renovations such as painting, carpeting, or replacing a faucet. For major home renovations, you may need to get approval from your local authorities before you proceed, if you are working with a design-build firm they are typically well versed in the building codes for the areas they work in.
- Create a Practical Design from the Outset
While it is never a bad idea to pursue a project to update your homes look and feel, it should never come at the expense of functionality. After all, beauty is always subjective. What is in today may be out of style tomorrow. Some of the most practical aspects of renovations include insulation, lighting, and the need for space. From there, you can seek to explore options to fulfill the interior design of your dreams.
Regardless of all factors, what’s important is that your vision balances with your comfort, and you have a house that you love to come home to!