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Do you wish to transform the look of your entire home or you simply want to change its ambiance?

There are lots of great reasons why a home renovation is worth the hassle. More than anything, a home makeover will enhance your home’s comfort, aesthetics, and value.

The benefits of home improvement projects are too alluring to pass up on. Yet once renovation begins, problems will start pouring in.

These top three tips are going to help ease your burden when preparing for a home renovation project – whether big or small.

  1. Have a detailed yet flexible renovation timeline.

Experienced builders and contractors agree that the best time to renovate a home, be it minor or major, is during the warm months. (It’s from December until February in Tasmania.) This is a good rule to follow under perfect circumstances. But if your bathroom or kitchen has leaking issues that need quick fixes now, you can’t afford to put them off.

This is not an excuse to skip research and ignore finances. Instead it should compel you to make a quick and smart decision, without skipping every crucial step in the preparation.

Another good thing about having a schedule is that it helps you plan for disruptions. For instance, you will need to book hotel stay in advance in case you need to leave the house while renovation is under way.

  1. Get a clear picture of what you want and need.

Collect images to show what type of material or design you want done. This will make the builder, contractor or architect’s job easy and your explanation crystal. Take note of alternatives in the event the supplies you need or like are not available or are too expensive.

Listing your wants and needs side by side would also help you adjust your plans if you encounter some budget problems along the way. It’s important to know the scope or type of renovation you can manage and afford:

  • A refresh involves clean-up of a dirty, smelly property with the anticipated benefit of increase in rent or home value.
  • A repair covers fixing of issues in some areas in your property. You’d need to invest in a toolbox for this if you’re planning DIY work. This type of renovation boosts the appearance and atmosphere around your home.
  • A rejuvenate involves specific target areas for renovation: a refresh of the bathroom, new carpet or flooring, new window awnings, etc.
  • A restructure is the most expensive of all types of renovation because it implies major structural changes in your home. It may also need some council process to confirm if it’s up to standards. You may need more than just a builder for these renovation efforts.
  1. Take control of the budget by getting estimates from at least three trusted vendors (ie. builders, contractors, etc.).

A trip to the home depot may not give you a good estimate of the cost of the home renovation project. But requesting quotes from tradesmen in your area would.

Before you look them up on general directories, speak to your neighbours who have done similar renovations. Ask them about the challenges, budget range, and the trusted vendors in your area. Then contact these professionals and ask as many relevant questions as possible.

Below are some common questions you may include:

  • Can you show us your previous home renovation projects?
  • Would you give us names of your past clients as references?
  • Can you give walk us through your renovation process? Cite typical scenarios.

Do you feel more confident now about your renovation plans? Don’t forget to share with us your renovation stories and concerns at the comment section.