Taking on a home remodeling project is an exciting challenge, but you’ll also be well aware of the potential headaches and pitfalls that can be caused when things go wrong. There can be things outside of your control, but actually you have a lot of small decisions that can make the process go a lot more smoothly…
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Find Trusted Contractors and Suppliers
Half the battle with making a remodel go smoothly is finding the right people to work with. This can make or break your experience. Start by asking family, friends and neighbors for personal recommendations. If these aren’t available, make sure to do your internet research rather than just focusing on the price quoted. A supplier may be the cheapest, but if the job goes wrong because of them then it would be a costly mistake. Don’t leave all the supplier details to your builder either – build your own contracts list of specialist suppliers and you’ll be more informed.
Choose Details Early
It may sounds like a completely irrelevant detail, but making and sticking to choices for small details is hugely important. Why? Well, even the small things like choosing a paint finish or minor hardware can have knock on effects that derail timescales. Minor details going wrong are often why things spiral into long delays, which cost time and money. So it’s important to sort the small stuff as the decision maker promptly.
Don’t Start Without a Contingency Fund
Money can often be really tight on a renovation project, and you may be already stretching your resources, but it’s essential not to begin works without an emergency fund in place. Aim to have at least 5% of the total project costs available to cover unexpected situations. You can’t afford not to do this, as having something come up that you can’t cover can leave you with a half finished project dragging on for months.
Think About the Personality of the House
Having a vision for a renovation should largely depend on the nature of the existing building. Your planned works must be sympathetic and bring out the best of what is already there, or they will never look right. Think about the features of the existing property that attracted you in the first place and plan to enhance and extend them. A house must evolve with the times but you should also be respectful of its original style.
Get the Bones Right
While it can be tempting to jump straight into installing a new kitchen or creating a garden room extension, you need to make sure that the underpinnings of your house are all in good condition. Fancy fittings won’t be any good in a house with a sagging foundation, and that new wood burning stove is only a good investment if you’ve made sure the house is properly insulated to keep all the heat in. It can be a costly mistake to get carried away without paying enough attention to the more boring essentials and making sure the basics are in great condition before going onto the hero projects.
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