How to Plan for Home Renovation

Renovating a home or any part of a home can be a tedious process. The more you plan, the easier it will be. Here are a few tips on how to plan for home renovation.

Develop Plans

The first step to renovation is always to create clear plans that contain information on what changes you want, what goals you want to achieve, and what's your budget for the entire renovation. You also need to decide what you want to change and how you want it to be done to get the results you need. Involve every household member to map their expectations and ensure that all of you are on the same page.

The 3 Aspects

When renovating any space, you need to remember three crucial aspects. First, you need to finalize how much space you need to save or occupy via the renovation. Second, you need to finalize the lighting requirements of the activities that you are planning. Third, you need to ensure that the movement of people is not impacted by renovation.

Set Priorities

An important aspect of planning a renovation is to decide what's essential and what's desired. You need to divide the task list into what you absolutely need and what would be nice to have. It will ensure that you don't forget the essentials while also including as many items from your wish list as possible without exceeding the budget. If you need ideas on how to renovate the home or a part of your home like kitchen or bathrooms, you can look for some inspiration online. You can also visit retail showrooms and see how they are designing the mock homes.

Work with the Renovator

To make your home renovation a success, you need to work alongside a renovator and clear your expectations from day one. You also need to work on the design details to ensure that the design ideas you have in mind can be implemented perfectly.

We'd also advise you to enhance your home's energy efficiency during the renovation process to ensure that you help protect the environment. The renovator can suggest some optimum recommended upgrades for you to consider, and then you can pick the ones you like best.

Tips to Save Money During Home Renovation

Want to save money during the home renovation? Here are some tips that might help.

Ø  Always let the renovator know that you will work within the budget only.

Ø  Be specific about the fee of the renovator to avoid paying additional or hidden costs later.

Ø  Set cost-wise priorities to ensure that you don't splurge on stuff you can't afford.

Ø  Refinish stuff that can be improved rather than replacing it. For instance, you can refinish old hardwood, doors, and old trim easily.

Ø  Work on one aspect of the home renovation before you move on to the next to avoid a hefty expense at once.

Ø  Invest in energy-efficient lighting, electronic thermostats, and high-efficiency heating systems to help save money in the long run.

Ø  Do some stuff like painting, landscaping, and other finishing jobs yourself to save money.

Need more? Here's a handy list of home renovation companies in Canada

Read more about energy efficiency for homes here.

-by Shruti , CNS Canadian News Source




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