Top 10 Tips for Planning a Renovation

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Top 10 Tips for Planning a Renovation

November 5, 2017

No matter the size of your home renovation – big or small – planning is an integral stage of the process. Here are some top tips to help you get started.

1. Budget

Without a budget, you won’t be able to plan correctly. A budget will give you a clear idea of what additions you can afford and keep the project running smoothly. Running out of funds would be a serious disaster. Plus it will help let you know if you have saved in some areas, and if you have what you have available to spend more on in another.

2. Keep it Simple

Keep things simple by choosing standard-sized fittings and materials familiar to the tradesmen, this will help keep the cost and time of your renovation down. It will also have the benefit of helping with any future repairs should it need it.

3. Compartmentalise

Break the big things down into small chunks, it won’t feel so overwhelming this way. A renovation doesn’t all happen in one go. Breaking things up can help you plan better, stay organised and get the things that you need done on time.

 4. Don’t Rush It

Wait for the right season and time of year that is best for you to have your home renovated. If you choose to stay living in it during the renovation it can feel like a bit of an invasion having builders and tradesmen in your home, so make sure you are prepared for it. Don’t rush into things, plan the perfect time to begin your renovation that suits your lifestyle best.

5. Avoid January

In keeping with planning the time of your renovation carefully, make sure to avoid renovating in January (if you can). It tends to be the time of year when most tradespeople are unavailable, which could mean extended timetables and extended costs in order to get the job done.

6. Get Modern

Download all the apps! There are so many great apps available that can assist with all sorts of home renovation aspects. From measuring tools, levels and converting tools to paint assistance and interior design ideas, the world of home renovations is in your pocket!

7. Get Real

Dreams and wishes are great, but they’re not always in the realm of reality. With so many home renovation entertainment and information available that make replacing a room or adding a little extra here or there look ridiculously simple, it’s important not to be fooled. Big jobs are called big jobs for a reason! A major renovation is going to take time and money, so you need to be sure you can commit fully to the project before beginning.

8. Call in the Experts First

OK, so you’ve picked a room that you want to renovate, from there you need to call in the experts. Having your home inspected by a builder – especially if planning to remove any walls or add a second storey – is vital in ensuring your home is structurally sound and able to support the plans of your renovation. They can recommend the best course of action from there.

9. Pick a Builder

Labour costs are going to be a big portion of your renovation budget, so make sure you pick a great builder carefully. Seriously consider hiring a Master Builder, as they are expected to comply with all relevant laws, codes and regulations in the building industry. They are defined as a builder that is a member of a state or national Master Builders Association.

10. Update Your Home Insurance

Upon completion of your home renovation it is important to update your home and contents cover. This is so that it will reflect the added value that the renovation has made to your home.

Master Builder’s Todd and Brett Faulkner, of Sunlover Homes, have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the industry with twenty-five years of building and renovating residential properties on the Gold Coast.

We will project manage you home renovation from concept to completion, so you can be assured the process will be seamless and you will get the results you desire. If you are planning a home renovation, please contact us today for an obligation free chat.

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