Home renovation should never be taken lightly. Because even if you have done some renovation and remodeling projects before, with another one, you know for sure that there is something new coming. Each renovation project is always about a variety of challenges, tasks to handle, and decisions to make. That is why it is so important to try to think beforehand about what you’re about to get through when you’re planning to remodel a kitchen, a bathroom, a living room, or your entire house. When approaching a renovation project, your best bet is to prepare even for unexpectable as much as you can since you never know what and when can go wrong, not according to your plans and expectations.
In this article, we will go through the most common aspects of a home renovation project so you can learn what to expect and how to prepare for it.
We should start with motivation. A proper mindset is the first thing you should take care of. Even before making a distinctive remodel plan, budgeting, and such. Especially if you’re planning your first-ever renovation. Because you’re up to some serious challenges that will turn your everyday world upside down for a certain (or, in some cases, quite uncertain) amount of time.
This is true – sometimes, home remodeling projects take longer than planned, delays are not rare. And sometimes, you just can’t do anything about it since some things may be out of your personal control. So the first thing is patience.
Then you’ll need to accept the fact that your life will strictly divide into the life BEFORE remodeling project and the life AFTER you have started it. Until the very completion, you will need to put up with a number of things like:
And finally, when the remodeling project is done, most likely, the final result will not be 100% perfect. But that’s life, so there is absolutely no need to feel bad if what you see after weeks or months of a remodeling routine (or a nightmare) will not perfectly match your ideal expectations.
So, with all that in mind, it’s high time we delve into what it takes to plan a remodel project and get it done.
That is obvious, but no one should underestimate the importance of a plan. If you want to remodel more than one area of your home, make a multi-step plan to try to estimate time and budget. Try to think about what are is best to start with and what area should be the last to remodel. Later, you will discuss these aspects with a contractor if you’re not sure.
When making a plan, it is also very important to have an ideal picture of what you want to see after the remodeling project is completed. Don’t hesitate to go all the way so you could have enough for concessions – the main thing is to try to stay within your estimated budget.
As soon as your plan is made, try to stick to it as much as possible. Stay focused on your goal and organize your everyday life to fit new conditions.
Like we said earlier, each remodeling has its steps that must be followed in strict order for best results. Here’s an example of things to take care of:
When you’ve developed a plan and thought of a final goal of your remodel project, you will need to find professionals to get the job done. That is in case you are competent enough to do it yourself.
There are two basic ways you can choose from:
Either way, what you’ll be looking for is a team of professionals with the right expertise to do the job with the best results.
Here are some tips that will help you when looking for a contractor:
In terms of time frames, keep in mind that a contractor will ONLY give you an estimated date of completion. Many different things can get in the way of a successful and timely remodeling process. Some things are not under control by your contractor, so be reasonable and try to stay positive if any delays happen.
Another important piece of advice is to try not to be optimistic. A bit of pessimism in terms of preparing for the worts will not hurt. With such a mindset, you won’t be taken by surprise should anything challenge your plans and compromise the remodeling process. Just remember, if you hired a professional contractor with a solid reputation, they will ALWAYS get the job done by doing anything that depends on them.
At this point, it’s just about time we have the money talk. Since budgeting and staying within your financial limits is crucial for a successful (and painless) home remodel.
First of all, you’ll need to be realistic in terms of estimating the cost of the project. Your best bet is to consult your contractor. Don’t get depressed if costs seem higher than you had expected, and there are some nuances that may help you out. Try looking for alternative solutions that will be more cost-efficient. This means that you may choose more affordable materials or less expensive construction solutions. For instance, if you had planned to knock down some walls in your house, maybe you could change your mind and create a pass-thru instead. The same goes for appliances, electric devices, piping, etc.
Budgeting a remodel project is pretty much always about making compromises. Materials, devices, appliances, tools, etc., are not getting cheaper as time goes, and this is something we all have to deal with.
The good idea is to try to look up some budget-friendly solutions on the net. There are tons of design projects that will not break the bank. Don’t hesitate to look for something that will meet your needs and wants online. And remember that cheaper is not necessarily worse.
Another thing to remember is to anticipate so-called hidden costs – i.e., the expenses that you don’t notice while arranging your remodel budget. A professional contractor will always help you with this.
And finally, ALWAYS keep receipts. This is important because:
But what if you can’t afford the renovation that you’ve planned? This is not as much of a problem as it may seem since homeowners with home equity can take loans or lines of credit.
Below is a list of things that you will have to deal with during renovation. These are something that you will need to get prepared for mentally rather than physically or financially. We have already touched upon some of them at the very beginning of the article, and now it’s about time to get a bit deeper into the topic.
1. Home remodeling will make your life a mess
Renovation is not only about a messy home, which is something you will also have to deal with. The first thing to put up with is a mess in your everyday routine. The moment you start a home renovation, your life will change. You will have to spend lots of hours consulting (or arguing) with contractors, choosing and buying materials, and checking if everything goes the way it’s planned. You will have absolutely no time for what you’ve grown accustomed to doing like a hobby. From now on, your hobby is a home remodeling project. And that’s only the beginning.
Next, you’re going to deal with the absence of water and power. This should not last too long, but it’s something you will have to prepare for. You may also not be able to use a kitchen, a bathroom, or a bedroom for a certain period of time. You may be left without your favorite kitchen appliances. You may also have to get rid of curtains and a fair share of privacy for some time.
And, of course, not to mention a constant mess all-around your house – a mess that you will have to clean up every now and then. Otherwise, your house will turn into one big pile of construction debris.
2. You will need to learn patience
When you plan a renovation, you expect it to have a strict timeline, meaning that you know when it starts and exactly when it ends. But in reality, things are much more complex. A renovation project may get behind the schedule for various reasons. This, in its turn, will take you to be patient to deal with delays that may occur.
But what can cause a delay? Below is the list of the most common reasons:
3. Be prepared for the change of plan and additional expenses
Don’t be afraid to change something in your initial plan if you have time and money for that. A sudden change of plan may affect the overall timeline of your project, but if it’s worth it – don’t hesitate and go for it! Just remember that most plan changes may require extra expenses.
4. Don’t get overly perfectionist
Finally, try not to get overly perfectionist. We all want our plans to turn out the way we want them to, but with renovation projects, it’s almost impossible. So when starting your home remodel venture, remember that a final result may differ from what you had in mind in the first place – and that DOES NOT necessarily mean failure.
Because of the COVID19 pandemic and economic hardships that followed, home remodeling in 2021 and 2022 may have additional difficulties that you should know about.
Here’s what you will have to be prepared for:
Home renovation always means a great deal of work and effort. The best way to successfully finish a project is to be prepared and have a realistic understanding of what you’re about to go through. Be patient and attentive to details, keep track of your expenses and stick to your plan.