Renovating your home requires a lot of planning and most of the time people don’t succeed simply because no planning was in place. Planning is very crucial, it requires a lot of your time with so much effort. In the end it will save you a lot of time and frustration when you get hands on with your renovation. Renovations are done for variety of reasons. You might come to know that the home your living in does not meet your current needs and lifestyle. Looking for a new home and moving out might be a bit too much at the point and especially if you love that home or the area.
No matter what your reason might be, it is always a good idea to have renovations done for the better living. Renovating will also add value to your home and if circumstances change then you might just sell it and make bigger profits. You can renovate and leave the decision to the end of it whether you want to live in it or sell it.
Renovations could include variety of things such as re-painting, extending, changing the layout, changing the flooring etc. Before you start your renovations, consider thinking about these points listed below.
Sketch out a plan
Sketch out the renovations you want to do on a plain white piece of paper. This does not matter if you are an architect, it is a simple plan of your house and the way you want it laid out post renovation. Put your thoughts to the paper, think of the how you want the space to look and how it shall function. You might want to consider having a chit chat to your friends and get some ideas.
Have options in place so that if not satisfied change it on the spot without further research. The plan can also help you when you get contractors to come and do the work. They will appreciate that you have done your research and hence make the job much faster and simpler.
Have your resource and building consent ready
Resource consent is not only for new properties being constructed but also for existing buildings and it is always a good idea to check with the council if one is required. Building consent simply means a consent for any building work being carried out from alteration, demolition or removal of a building. Ensure that the work you are to carry out meets the building standards of the country.
Here is a link for beginners to find more out about resource and building consent : Starters guide
Set up a budget
Your budget needs to be realistic. You need to be able to afford it and keep extra in the reserve pocket for the unforeseen. It might help to jot up some numbers on the spreadsheet, this will help you keep track of your spending’s and guide you with your budget and home much is left. After you have thought of a reasonable budget then add on an extra 10 percent to your total to be safe.
Moving out or staying
Are you going to be moving out of your home or staying during the home renovation? Moving out means that you will be paying extra rent for the house you will be staying while you do renovations. This might work in your favour if you are looking to save time as an empty house is much easier to renovate having different contractors in at the same time to get more done. Staying in might take the renovations a bit longer but you will be able to keep track and save up on the extra rent you will have to pay if you move out.
Happy moving everyone