The Things You Should Consider Before Renovating

I have teamed-up with apartmenttherapy.com to bring you all the important things you need to consider when look at renovating your family home. As someone who has gone though a renovation i know how hard it is to do right and or on budget and how advice like the following helped us stay in control.
Going into your renovation plans with a positive, energetic focus is really going to benefit you and help to ensure it’s a successful process. With a positive mindset and strong passion for the work you’re going to have done, you can really keep a clear mind and focus on achieving just what you want. With this passion, however, you need to also be clear and concise, with a strong understanding of what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. Here is a selection of important things that you need to consider before you kick off your renovating project.

Managing Costs and Budgets
If there’s one thing that will sting you in the future, it’s not planning your budgets and costs before you start to renovate. So many people start their renovating projects with a rough ballpoint figure in mind, but if you don’t actually figure out what you have to spend and what you’re going to spend it on, then you’ll end up spending far too much money, potentially on things you don’t need, and this will result in you potentially not being able to finish what you started. Focus on working out your budgets, and sticking to them. You don’t want to create budgets that are unrealistic or not going to work, so preparing them in advance is going to really help you stay on track.


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Keeping Things Real
Having your dream renovation in your mind at all times is always going to make you feel passionate and motivated, and it’s important to keep your goal in sight. You do, however, need to keep things realistic and make sure that everything you want to happen is possible. Whilst you can always reach your dreams, it’s important to make sure your renovation dreams are fitting with your budgets, timing and so on, as this will ensure it all goes to plan. If you start to feel like life is throwing you a few lemons and things are getting slightly tougher, then it’s time to take a step back and figure out exactly what it is you want to achieve from this whole process.

Plenty of Preparation
Just like any project, renovations have so many different things going at one time that there’s a strong possibility that something could go wrong. Whether it’s something as simple as a broken screwdriver, or something that has a little more of an impact such as a broken window or piece of machinery, you need to make sure you’re prepared for something possibly going wrong. The best ways to prepare yourself and make sure you’re ready for an issue is firstly to add a last section to your budget. This can be a small amount of money that you don’t intend to use, unless something goes wrong. You could also look at getting some extra things such as Hiab spare parts, in case your machinery experiences any problems, some additional materials such as paint, cement and sand, as you never know when you may run out and urgently need some more. These kinds of preparations will really help you if you do face any problems, as you’ll be ready to tackle them hands on and get the issue solved efficiently.

Listening to Experts
It’s very easy to find yourself drowning when it comes to some of the elements throughout your renovation. Whether you struggle to get your head around the planning permission, painting techniques, electrical elements or even how to hang something on the wall, if you need help it’s always there. There are so many ways to get help when it comes to your houses renovation, and if you listen to the experts then you’ll more than likely teach yourself a thing or two at the same time!


Yorkshire Dad

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/karl-young/

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