Steps To A Successful Home Renovation

Renovating your home can be an exciting time. It can be an opportunity to use the space you have in a different way, and you can design your home to the changing and developing needs of you and your family. However, it can also be stressful, and planning carefully is crucial to ensure that the process is as painless as possible. Read on for steps you should take for home renovation success.

1. Don’t rush

Take your time with your renovation project. Spend time researching and making decisions well in advance of builders actually entering your home. One of the things you should take time to plan is your budget so that you are not left with unfinished plans at the end due to limited funds.

2. Make design decisions

You should make decisions relating to colour scheme, materials, textures and design in advance. Chopping and changing things mid-process can be time-consuming and costly.

3. Consult an interior designer

You should at the very least consult a professional with your design ideas. Whether you need to hire one for the whole project will depend on the complexity of your interior design plans. They have the contacts you will need such as builders and decorators to complete the renovation project. 

4. Stick to a schedule

If you draw up a schedule of work that needs to be completed then this will help you maintain an element of control over the renovation project. Through this, you can also calculate your budget and how much you will need to spend at each stage. It will also help you and your builders manage materials and what to order at what stage. Ordering things too early that are needed later may require extra storage space that you do not have at your disposal. Share your schedule with your builders so everyone is on the same page.

5. Find reliable builders

Look for experienced builders and contractors that have a reliable track record. If you have an interior designer then you rest easy that they will have excellent builders at their disposal. However, you can also go by word of mouth and consult family and friends. 

6. Check the quality of the work

You must make sure that you inspect the renovation work at different stages of the work. If you miss a key error, then this may have a detrimental effect on the final result. If you have an interior designer or project manager then they can help you with this point. Their expertise and experience will help them spot mishaps that an untrained eye may miss.

7. Ensure to stay on budget

Try to always stick to your schedule and budget. Record everything you spend and each time you pay one of your workers. This will help you stay in control and keep the stress of renovation at a minimum. You may need to allow some flexibility, but straying too far from the budget from early on can be extremely detrimental.

Summary

When planning a home renovation it is important to ensure that you have a plan and schedule in place from the beginning. Consulting a professional such as an interior designer can help you manage the renovation at key stages. They will also be able to direct you towards reliable builders and contractors.  

At Alexander Pollock, we offer a bespoke interior design service. We are a Melbourne-based full-service design practise offering all aspects of interior design, interior decoration and project management. Get in touch with us today and see how we can help you.