Whatever the scale of your home improvement project don’t underestimate the sheer scale of the emotional investment you’re about to make. Take it from someone who has been through it all, from quick “let’s pop an inbuilt wardrobe there” right through to complete layout reconfiguration.
- Pay attention and stick to the plan
This might seem easy, but as you will soon find out, it can be more difficult than you think. You will get distracted and put off by the inevitable chaos, mess, clutter, and unforeseen setbacks of renovating your home. Have a clear end goal in mind. It will be easy to spend more money along the way if you don’t have an idea of your finished project. Don’t miss a trick and keep track of your schedule!
- Allow your budget some wiggle room
There are so many variables involved in your renovation going smoothly. If your project ends up costing more than you imagined you don’t want to be left living in a building site. By creating a budget which is higher than your expected spend you will give yourself a way out if things do go wrong.
- Think about the future
Even if you are embarking on a small renovation, imagine it in terms of the big picture, rather than the be all and end all. This will allow you to prioritise the jobs which are more important.
This mindset that each job is just part of a major plan will also help if your budget won’t allow for your dream renovation – that dream will still happen, it’s just yet to come.
- Get recommendations from the professionals
You’ll be working together in your home, possibly for months, so a good, respectful relationship is key. By using the my tradesperson section of our site you’ll be able to get reliable recommended professionals.
- Create a realistic timeline
There is a sequence of events in a construction project and many trades are involved. Try to get a sense of how long your project will take from your contractor (or by drawing on past experiences), so that you can make arrangements to move out, eat out, or be present for critical decision-making along the way.