If you’re planning a renovation at your home, no matter how small, you need to take some time to prepare. Follow these seven tips to make your home improvement project as successful as possible.
1. Don’t expect perfection: Contractors, designers, bricklayers…they’re all human. Prepare mentally by realizing ahead of time that you’re probably going to hit some little bumps on the road. If you’ve done your due diligence, the expert(s) you’ve hired will come through for you.
2. Set a budget: It’s never smart to think you’ll just figure it out along the way. Talk to the people you’ve hired and work out a budget and payment schedule. If you decide to make a splurge purchase or two along the way, that’s fine, but having a planned budget from the beginning will help you reign in costs.
3. Don’t hire the cheapest labor: You get what you pay for. Interview multiple companies/experts before you choose your renovation partner(s). And remember, the lowest bid isn’t usually the best.
4. Keep calm: Try to keep your cool when hiring and working with professionals. Your attitude towards them and their work can affect the outcome of the renovation.
5. Set aside time: How often do you hear of a renovation finishing early or even on time for that matter? Don’t assume that you’ll be the exception to this common occurrence. With all the moving parts and decisions to be made during a renovation, you need to be realistic about how long it will take to complete.
6. Open up: You’ve hired these professionals to alter one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, your home. It’s important that you have a trusting and open relationship with them. Think of them as your partners, not your employees.
7. Design for real life: Open shelves and sleek materials look nice in magazines, but they’re not always great for daily life. If you’re not a particularly organized person, don’t expect yourself to change just because of your renovation. Find a way to design your space so that it is both beautiful and practical.