After a long, tiring day, you plonk yourself on the couch, exhale a sigh of having survived another day, look around the comforting, familiar view around you. But, hold on – there is one zone or a room in your viewing field that is annoyingly dissimilar to its surroundings! It breaks the visual appeal of the space. You’ve tried new paintings, new furniture, played around with colors and layouts of furniture and yet it is still not right. You know that renovation is needed. But, how do you ensure your renovation project adds value to your property? We’ve put together five ways to ensure your renovation adds value:
Decide on why you want to renovate
Such a basic question, but it is hard to find the right answer. If you find yourself thinking, ‘because my friends did it and it looks great’, then it is not the right time for undertaking renovation. You should be able to differentiate that whim from the real need – you either want to live in that house for a long time, or you want to sell it. In the first case, the renovation needs to be more practical while adding comfort, while in the latter, the renovation should be able to get you more profit. We’ll discuss more on that later in the article. Look at a renovation as a business exercise – you will have to make smart decisions and be prepared to put in time and effort to get the gains out of it.
Decide on what you want to renovate
Is it just one room? Is it a particular area in the room? Or do you want to renovate the entire house? If you are looking to renovate one room such as the kitchen or the bathroom, you will have to be careful not to over-do it. Else, only the kitchen or bathroom might look right out of a magazine, but the rest of the house will look bland and dull. If you are doing the entire house, it is always better to invest in the same kind of materials throughout to make sure there is consistency in style, design and quality.
Sometimes renovations can be cosmetic – pulling out the carpets, painting the walls, replacing the cupboard doors or pantry. These are relatively low cost, fairly easy to do and get done quickly. Structural renovations, on the other hand, are more expensive and need more dedication in terms of time and effort.
Get the right builder
Builder? Again? Even when renovating? That’s right. Engaging a quality builder is essential. While an architect might help you design, a builder will guide you through the entire process of designing, planning and selecting the materials. But how to know if the builder is right?
Check the builder’s projects online and the customer testimonials. If you can get in touch with a current or past customer of the builder, then go for it. You will know exactly what to expect. Choose a builder where the director is hands-on – this is a dedicated builder and you can be rest assured that your home is in the right hands.
While shortlisting your builder, also keep in mind that lowest price shouldn’t be the deciding factor. You are paying for the quality of the materials and the professionalism of the builder – your builder is going to be in your home, working with you for the duration of the project.
Plan your renovations
Planning is underestimated. While you might be an expert researcher, you also need to be an expert in planning renovations. Use your research skills to figure out how long would it take to complete the renovations, if any council approvals are needed and how long will that take. Depending on the kind of renovations you are planning, you might have to consider moving to a temporary home, especially if you have children. It is tough to live through a major reno project.
Talk to your builder and see if they have the job schedule ready. A good builder will give you the job schedule before getting you to sign on the dotted line. Almost all builders will coordinate with the council on your behalf to get the necessary approvals.
Decide on your style
No, it is not too early to decide on the style. Remember, any changes to your style when your reno project is underway will have a waterfall effect and it all boils down to more costs, more time and more headaches! Look at magazines and websites for style ideas and inspiration, and scour through Pinterest. After all, you are going to shell out bucks to get your home beautified, you might as well visualize it at the outset and get the styling done and into budget!
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