What to consider before you commit to a renovation
Renovations on any scale involve a certain amount of upheaval, so they shouldn’t be undertaken lightly. To help, Carpet Court share key things that must be considered before commencing a project.
There’s rarely an ideal time to start your reno, but try to plan as best as you can around your quieter times of the year. If you have children, avoid the school holidays or
And don’t forget to consider the schedules of friends and family you might be relying on to provide showering or cooking facilities while the works are underway.
Have an idea in mind of when you’d like the project to wrap up and make sure you add some contingency time for unplanned delays. Then, ask suppliers to provide estimated timeframes, so you can see whether your projections and theirs marry up.
If not, you might need to decide whether to move your deadline or reconsider certain elements of your plans to save time.
While they do often seem to go out of the window on renovation projects, budgets are usually designed to be stuck to. Spend time getting quotes from a range of suppliers to ensure what you’re hoping to achieve is possible based on the finances you have available. Make sure to also allocate some emergency funds for those inevitable unforeseen expenses.
This will allow you to distribute your money accordingly, determine any areas where you may find yourself overspending and separate the must-haves from the just nice-to-haves.
Defining your vision prior to starting your reno will save time and money in the long run, so spend time mapping out exactly what it is you want to achieve.
First of all, make sure you’re clear on why you’re deciding to renovate. Is it with the intention to rent or sell? Is it for a change in personal circumstance, like the arrival of a baby or to accommodate an elderly family member? Or is it purely to update your space for your own enjoyment? This will enable you take make more informed decisions and reduce the risk of spending money you later regret.
It’s also important to ask yourself whether your ambitions are achievable within the physical space, the budgetary constraints and the timeframe, so you don’t set unrealistic expectations for yourself or your suppliers.
With all this said, while it’s helpful to solidify your ideas, do also make sure they come with a degree of flexibility. Renovations always involve a few unexpected surprises, whether they’re structural, financial or something else altogether, and being too rigid with your vision could compromise the success of the overall finish.
Once all of the administration and inspiration is in place, you really need to think about how you’re going to deliver your anticipated result, on time and on budget. Even if you’re planning on doing the bulk of the work yourself, chances are you’ll need to involve tradespeople outside of your own skill set at one point or another. A trusted and reliable bank of professionals is, therefore, invaluable and gives you the peace of mind that your reno is in safe hands, so ask around for personal recommendations.