There are so many reasons to revamp your home. With a little home renovation, you can massively increase the value of your home. If you’re not planning on upping and moving any time soon, you want a nice place to retire to. Your current home could be the place that you spend the rest of your days. If you’re retiring soon, you might want to plan ahead with age-friendly features such as stairlifts and handrails in the shower. You might be planning on saving on your bills by having eco-friendly energy sources installed. Perhaps you just fancy a freshen up and rearrange; spring cleaning on a major scale. Whatever your reason for considering home improvements, there are a few ways to make the whole experience smooth sailing in the quickest time possible.
Renovating your home is a lengthy and time-consuming process. Ideally, you want everything done to a great standard in the shortest period possible. To aid in this, it’s a good idea to create a renovation checklist. A checklist will help you decide on everything that you want to be done and clarify your expectations of the renovation process. It also means that nothing will be forgotten or missed out. The last thing you want is to be calling traders out to rectify small problems and make minor alterations. Tradesmen and women often charge a call out fee, which can be a pain if they are only going to be performing a minor task.
Decide what order you want the renovations to take place in. Certain features of your home will need to be prioritised. If you’ve recently moved into the property, you will probably want to have someone conduct a general survey. This will highlight any major projects that may need to be completed. A good place to start is the roof. You need to make sure there are no leaks, as leaky tiles will cause damage that will rack up additional repairs costs later down the line. Windows and doors should be secured with good locks. These are essential when it comes to your safety. Secure windows are also important, as they will save you money on energy bills when winter comes. Plumbing and electrics also take priority. Once your home is safe and secure, you can move onto the aesthetics.
Your home will need to be completely clear when it comes to home improvements taking place. This will be easy if you’re moving into a new home. It might be a good idea to rent a place to stay while renovations are taking place, especially if you have children. This will keep them settled and out of the way of workmen and potentially dangerous situations. If you’re making amendments to a home you’re already living in, take it easy and do one room at a time.
Ensure that the given room is completely clear before works commence. This means that your belongings won’t get ruined in the process. It will also be nice for you to have a completely clean slate to work with once major works are completed, and the decoration process can commence. This will prevent any delays with workers asking you to rearrange or cover furniture and other items.
A lot of people will try to take repairs and tasks into their own hands in a bid to save money. This is rarely worth it and will often result in more time and money being forked out to repair any mistakes made. Unless you’re a qualified professional yourself, it’s always worth hiring professionals for the big jobs. They know what they’re doing and will complete the job to a higher standard than you are likely to.
Make sure to thoroughly research tradespeople in your area. Look for companies or individuals with good reviews and fair prices. Discuss exactly what you’d like done in detail and ensure that they can carry out all tasks required before committing to the job. If they have a clear idea of what you want, they’re likely to be able to get it spot on the first time round.
Once everything you want is installed, and everything is structurally complete, there’s probably going to be a fairly big mess left behind. Wood chippings, sawdust and all of the other types of building miscellanea. Rent a van and move all of the main mess to the tip. You can thoroughly clean your house top to bottom to save money, but this is very time-consuming. We would recommend looking into house cleaning services. The more sets of hands at work, the faster the task gets done. It’s a great ideal to get the professionals in. Your house will be sparkling like a showhome in no time. It will be the perfect canvas to start making your home truly yours.
Make sure that you establish order when it comes to decorating rooms. We believe that it’s a pretty good idea to start with painting. Spread a sheet across the floor before even thinking of opening that tin of paint. Make sure the room is well-ventilated and make sure to cover all areas evenly. Start with the ceiling, move on to the walls and finish by glossing the skirting boards and door frames. If you like, you can bring in professionals. They’ve probably painted more walls than you’ve eaten hot dinners. So they will definitely get the job done faster than you’d be able to. It’s advisable that you then focus on flooring. Laminate flooring is easily done yourself. Carpets and real wood flooring will require the touch of someone with more experience.
The Little Touches
Once everything is in place, you can start adding personal touches to your home. Light fittings, curtains, book shelves and clothes storage. This is one of the few parts of the process where you can take control fully into your own hands. Unless you’re attempting some complex form of feng shui, you should be entirely capable of tackling this task alone. Consider making some accessories yourself. Arrange your belongings, get comfortable and then kick back and relax in your new home.