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Alright, you’ve moved into a new place and you’re excited to give it your special touch. Make it yours! Or maybe it’s time for a change. Either way, you have an exciting project on your hands and can’t wait to get started. We’re here to help you out! However, before you go grabbing that hammer and knocking walls down, consider our list of the top 10 things you need to do before you renovate.
1. What do you want?
Seems like an easy question to answer, but you should seriously think about what it is you want from a renovation. Make a list of the aspects of your home that do not work for you. Be specific. Prioritize that list. What are the “must haves” and what can you let go of?
2. Imagine it all!
This is the exciting part; you can lay down all your ideas and get creative. Instead of focusing on what your house needs, you get to focus on colours and styles and how it will create the atmosphere you want in each room. At the same time, be realistic and open-minded. There will be designs you can’t replicate because of your budget.
3. Do your research
Renovations always land up being pricey, so get quotes from various contractors. Along the way, you might discover that one of your renovation ideas is more expensive than anticipated. You might have to consider an alternate plan.
4. To DIY or not to DIY
Know when a task is something you can do yourself and when it’s something that should be left to the professionals. Cutting corners and finishing something you don’t know how to do may cost you the time and money. In the long run, contractors will benefit you because they know what they are doing.
5. Assess your budget
Talk to your neighbours and friends about their experience renovating. You will likely discover that across the board, they all spent more than they expected. Although it may be an exciting project to increase the worth of your property, it does cost money. Assess your budget and stick to it.
6. Understand the timing
Contractors will give you the best-case scenario in regards to how long a project will take. In other words, expect your project to take much longer than what you were told. Something will likely come up that sets you back. Be prepared for that.
7. Are there any by-laws or rules?
This may be the seventh rule on our list, but it’s an important one. Being aware of the necessary permits needed for your renovation will save you time and money. You’ll have the comfort of knowing it was done right because you were held to a certain set of standards.
8. What’s behind that wall?
Get to know your house on a deeper level, like what’s in those walls? What may seem like a room separator with no real purpose may contain wiring, water pipes or gas lines. Smashing through one of those can cost you and only extend the time it takes to complete your project!
9. Stop, pause and reflect
You’ve done your research, gotten numbers back and have a solid plan of what you want to do. Re-evaluate how it all effects your budget and how much time you will need to dedicate to your project. Are there plans you need to give up now that things are a little clearer?
10. Pare down, pack up
Before you let workers in to take things apart, separate your essentials from those you can go without for a short time. While you don’t need your blender and cake pan, you do need your utensils and plates. Make sure the essentials are easily accessible to you while the rest is packed up and stored away.