More Than Makeovers – Getting the Most Out of Your Renovation Project

I think the biggest renovation project we have coming up (and when I say coming up, I mean over the next few years!) is our floors.

When we purchased this house, the seller agreed to have new carpet installed upon his departure. Carpet, you say? With all the fabulous hard flooring options these days? Well, yes, carpet, because, at the time, we had two babies who were becoming VERY mobile, and we didn’t want them learning to walk and having nowhere to fall but on very hard wood and tile floors. We thought carpet was really the best option at the time. That was probably the right decision THEN…but nevertheless, within the next few years we’ll be installing wood floors throughout!

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Embarking on a renovation project can be exciting, challenging, and rewarding all at the same time. However, there are several things that are a must on any good reno revitalization. The last thing you want is to get halfway through, or worse still, to the end, and realize you left something out. If you aren’t sure how to get the most out of your renovation project, then consider these simple tips.

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Find ways to make the most of what you’ve got

One of the main reasons people take on renovation projects is a want to do more with what you’ve got. Unfortunately, sometimes what you’ve got isn’t much, so it is crucial to make the most of what you are working with. Sectional garage doors are a fantastic example of this.

Unlike roller doors, they don’t require anywhere near as much room. Plus, they come in a wide range of styles, colours and materials. This means that you don’t have to settle for only one single colour or aesthetic. The beauty of these doors comes from their simplicity; acting as an easy way to really change the face of your home. First impressions count, and a garage door may not be high on your renovation list, but it should be.

Scrapbook to find your style

Finding the right style can be tough; some people know what they like, others take a little more time. A great way to make sure you get the most out of your renovation project is to go back to year 10 art class, and start scrapbooking.

Look up designers you like, find styles you love, and take those images for your inspiration book. You can even download an app and make collages there if that is more natural to you. Doing some research will really allow you to get a well rounded idea of your style. In turn, it will make sure that, instead of walking around the paint store, furniture store, or fittings stores, you know exactly what you are looking for.

Do what you can, not what you think you can

A renovation project is no small investment of either your time or money. So, taking a gamble, or backing yourself to do those jobs that a trade qualified worker should do, is not the best idea. Plan out your project and realistically assess what you can do and what requires an expert.

Painting your interiors, for example, is a fantastic way to contribute to your project. Building an extension onto the bedroom, however, may be better suited to a qualified builder. Work up a list of the jobs you want to tackle, set yourself timelines, and be amazed at how much you get out of your project in the end.

Budget for the worst case

A renovation project isn’t going to cost you the same amount as your weekly shopping. In order to make sure you get the most of your project, always budget for the worst case. Delays in material deliveries could mean increased costs of labour. Certain materials may not be available, meaning you have to pay extra for the better stock. The best laid plans are always just that, a plan, until the project starts. Budgeting for the worst will give you room to move and make sure that stress over money doesn’t play a big part in your renovation.

A renovation project is very fulfilling and something which, when finished, will bring a lot of happiness. However, planning carefully is required to make sure you can the most out of it. Thinking ahead and making sure you are realistic is the best way to ensure success.

Do you have any home renovations coming up in the next few years?

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