A home renovation is an exciting time – an opportunity to make your vision come to live and make your house your own. But, before you dive in, there are a few questions that could help you avoid costly mistakes.
- Can you fit it through the door?
Just like entering a house, the first obstacle that must be overcome when considering home renovations is the door. Many people will religiously measure the dimensions around where they want to place their brand new piece of furniture but will neglect to find out whether the piece of furniture in question will fit through their door or any narrow hallways in their house. This is, as one could imagine, a fatal mistake
- Will your renovation hold it’s value?
One of the biggest factors that should play a part in the designing of a custom home is what the next people who will own this house will want. Although this may seem odd at first, there are good reasons to avoid home improvements that may decrease resale value. Tech renovation projects may seem cool, but it is unlikely that the next buyer will be impressed by this in ten or fifteen years when better tech options are readily available.
- Should it be carried out by a professional renovation company?
Professionals are called professional for a reason. Not hiring a professional to save money is a classic mistake and can end up costing more money than just hiring someone to start with. Bathroom renovations should definitely be left to a plumber, for obvious reasons, and so should any project involving modifying or removing interior walls. Interior designers should also be used because they know all the tricks for any design build to make a house look fancy and high quality, boosting resale value.
- Do you know the difference between price and value?
Every house renovation is basically a fight to find the most cost effective solution to making a house look nice. A fine balance must be trod between saving money and having all the bells and whistles. That being said, a house has to feel like home, and usually that means using high quality materials, especially in the kitchen and bathroom areas. In these areas, think twice before going for that cheaper option.
- Is it form over function?
When doing a complete renovation, too often behind the scenes home remodelling is ousted by aesthetic changes that may be cheaper. This may please the homeowner more. and be fine in the short term but in the long term problems could arise that need to be fixed and could cost a lot of money. A house needs to be thought of as a full home, a balance found between looking nice and being functional.
- Did you do enough research?
As with anything in this modern world, the internet is a huge help in a major renovation. As much research should be done as possible concerning appliances, especially in kitchen renovations, where stoves and fridges need to last as long as possible to avoid costly replacements and installations. Searching up known issues with appliances and reviews can help to pick the correct ones and make for a successful kitchen remodelling experience.