5 Things to Remember Before Renovating


If you’re thinking of renovating you may be a little afraid of what’s to come, especially if you have undertaken any sort of home revamp before. Something like this can be such a long process, so feeling like you've got everything under control can make it all feel a little bit easier. However in order to get to that stage, you may find that you need to understand what to expect and have a bit of a plan in place before things begin. So in this post I'm going to be sharing five things you should aim to remember, before starting a big renovation project.

To start with you need to make sure that you are aware of the time scales involved with the renovations you want. Building and decorating can take an extremely long time, and things are often pushed back further too. If you want certain things done for certain dates, you’ll really want to ensure that you are planning ahead. Or actually in reality, you may just need to be more realistic about timescales and relax a little bit more.

Of course having a budget in mind is also extremely important, but just like with timescales, you may need to be prepared for things to go off track with this too. As long as you know that and you are prepared, you should be ready for whatever's ahead. It may be a good idea to keep some of your budget safely secure somewhere to begin with, just incase of emergencies!

When you’re renovating, things can get really messy! So ideally, you need to be able to anticipate what mess is coming and be ready for it at the right times. You might find that booking a skip bin can really help you with keeping a large bulk of the mess at bay. Cover flooring and bulkier items with protective sheets and mats to keep them from being damaged, and just prepared for a lot of dust.

Most people still need to live in there home while renovating, so of course you don’t want to start with everything at once. Some people do manage to live on site while renovating and it works out okay, but if you have small children or a smaller living space, it’s important to remember just how much renovations can impact on your lifestyle, and what you’ll need to do to keep things on track.

The Finishing Touches
It may seem far away to begin with, but having a rough idea of how you want thinks to look in the end is always a good idea. If you haven’t thought that far ahead just yet, then you may not be able to make the right decisions along the way. Details such as skirting boards can really make a difference to the final look of the room, so don't forget to budget for these areas as well.

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