Considerations to Think About Before Starting a Home Renovation Project

When it comes to taking on a home renovation project, it can be a great adventure that can transform your house into the home of your dreams or it can turn into the house from hell where you’ve done more damage than good. Ideally, most people prefer to have the home of their dreams than the latter but the house from hell has happened to many homeowners due to blindly taking on a home reno project.

There is a mind-blowing amount of mishaps and wrong turns that you can encounter with home renovations. Anything from personal injuries and going over your budget to hiring an unreliable and unskilled contractor can ruin your home reno project… even something as seemingly simple as realizing that the paint color you chose (which you’ve painted the entire interior of your house with) doesn’t go with the wood floors you had installed, can make a project that’s supposed to be a fun and new start for your living space, become a household nightmare.

To Prevent Reno Hell, You Have to Make an Important Decision…

To save yourself the stress and worry associated with home renovation projects, you need to first determine what type of home reno project it will be and then make the important decision on whether or not you’re going to tackle the project yourself or hire contractors to do it for you.

This is an important decision to make because home renovations come with a considerable amount of risks, especially if you make the decision to do it yourself. You have the potential to do harm to yourself and to your home if you don’t know what you’re doing. Sometimes it’s easier if you take on the smaller projects that make big statements and leave the big ones to the professionals if you just have to be involved in the reno project.

Before You Take On This Project, Think About This First

Be Aware of What You Like and Want and What It Requires

Sounds easy enough, right? Most people would say yes… they know exactly what they like and what they want when it comes to their home renovations. Well, that may very well be the case but there’s a lot more to it than knowing what you like and want. You have to narrow things down to is what you like and want just cosmetic, or is it structural?

Cosmetic likes and wants would include things like new cabinets, new hardware, and appliances. Structural likes and wants would require you to think about if you want to reconfigure the way a room is arranged or if the change you want requires knocking down walls.  Structural changes can make your house temporarily unlivable… are you willing to undergo that?

Check Your Budget

Your budget is one of the most important parts of your home reno! Why? Because your budget is the single factor that determines whether or not you can even afford to have the renovation done in the first place.

Home renovations can definitely get pricy and that’s why a home reno is something you need to plan ahead for. It’s not something you can just up and decide to do; some people plan it as far out as a year or two, depending on how big of a project they plan on doing. Here are some different ways that people save up for their home renovation projects.

Second Job

If a home renovation is what you want, you sometimes have to make the sacrifice to get what you want. For a project like this, you’ll be sacrificing your time and energy by working a second job. It may not be ideal but to get extra income flowing in, it’s a sacrifice you’ll have to make.

Work For Yourself

If you’re giving yourself a timeframe of two years at least, then working for yourself will be a better financial option for you. When you work for yourself, you’re still sacrificing your time but the thing about this is that you’re sacrificing your time, on your own time. There’s no time clock where you have to clock in; you can work as little or as much as you want!

Renovation Time Frame

If you’ve ever watched any home renovation show on HGTV, then you’re well aware that home renovations come with the risk of running over schedule. A lot of the times, it’s not even anyone’s fault. Some common renovation delays include:

  • Inclement weather
  • Materials and supplies needed are on back order
  • Issues with wiring and safety
  • Running into problem after problem

Because it’s so common for this to happen, you’ll want to plan your renovation with these types of delays and setbacks in mind just in case you have a prospective date for the reno to be done for guests visiting or a trip out of town. According to the Huffington Post, a home renovation, on average, can take 2 to 6 months, depending on the type of home reno project you’re taking on.

Test the Colors and Materials You Want to Incorporate in Your Home

As you go shopping for supplies and materials, it’s always a good thing to get samples before you buy. Whether it’s carpet, wood flooring, or paint, always ask if they have any samples you can carry home with you. This is actually very important because colors and patterns change depending on how the natural light enters your home throughout the day.

You just never know… you might have your heart set on painting your bathroom this periwinkle color so you buy it and once you paint it on the wall, it looks light blue in color. So, there’s nothing wrong with asking for as many samples that a particular store will allow you to have, especially when it comes to making your home the home of your dreams.

Give Yourself a Reality Check

When it comes to giving yourself the home of your dreams, it might sound easier than what it really is. There are several aspects to take into consideration such as your budget, getting a clear understanding of what it is you really want and what it requires, and giving yourself a reasonable time frame.

So, don’t blindly approach a home reno project with the basics of aesthetics in mind… you have to think realistically. Really take the time to think about all facets of what you want and the necessary steps it will take to achieve the home of your dreams.

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