7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking a Renovation Decision
Planning to renovate your home but don't know where to start? Well, the first thing to do is to have as many meetings and discussions with your interior designer, architect and contractor as possible.
However, you have to start asking yourself these questions before you do anything else:
Which are the critical areas that need desperate attention?
This is as critical as it sounds. Do not 'carpet bomb' your home. Identify the nooks and crannys that need the most attention. This will also help you to budget effectively.
How much do you want to spend?
Setting a budget is a must-do before you embark on any renovation plans. Do not forget taxes and consultation fees that you may have to bear during the renovation process. There could be contingence expenses that you may come across during the renovation.
How do you want the design to be?
Plan what you want your home to look like, modern, traditional or contemporary. How much of work will this involve? Is it even feasible? Choose your colour preferences, the flooring designs and other such things that suits your tastes and requirements.
What construction materials to use?
Renovation is as much about changing the look of your home to fixing breakdowns and maintanance. For both, it is important to identify the material needed for work. The right material will give your home the look you want and will also fit in your budget. Plus, choosing the right quality will ensure durability. It is also important to consider the right time to buy the materials. Should you buy all the materials before the renovation starts or you should get them at different stages of renovation?
Should you stay in the house while the renovation process is on?
Renovation work usually involves a lot of mess and clutter. Are you ready to take the trouble of living while the renovation is on? While it helps to keep a close watch on the work, it is rather uncomfortable. Prepare accordingly.
Do you have enough space to shift out things from the room being renovated?
While one part of the house is being renovated some stuff might need to be adjusted in other parts of the house. Create some space in the house so you can seamlessly go from one room to other. This will help you avoid unplanned delays in the renovation work. It is also a good way to get rid of some of the old stuff that might be lying around but is rarely used and isn't needed.
How long do you plan to live in the renovated home?
Another important question to ask yourself is - how long do you intend to stay in the house? Are you renovating it for resale or you plan to continue living there? If you wish to stay in the house, you will have to get into the minor details of the renovation as you yourself have to use the space.