10 tips for a successful renovation!
It's so exciting buying a home that you can make your own and transform, but surviving the renovation can be challenging. Here are our 10 tips for a successful renovation!
1. Be there as much as you can!
If you have taken the brave step of living on site, you will see every tiny thing. If you decide to move out, make sure you are always visiting the site. Have scheduled weekly meetings with the builders to plan what is happening that week, but also pop in every couple of days. You will get a feel for the work that is going on, the pace and who is actually working on your project.
2. Make sure you are always contactable
Make sure all of the builders have your mobile number and can easily contact you. Often decisions need to be made quickly so that the builders can push on with the work. You really don't want the wrong decision to be made so always be on the other end of the phone or let the builders know you will get back to them quickly.
3. Don't accept no
Builders will often push back if the solution is really challenging, so spend time talking through different solutions. Although it feels like you are slowing down the process and being difficult, you want to make sure everything is done as best it can be.
4. Leave the builders to get on with the work
Make sure you do give the builders enough space to get on with the work. Once you have caught up with them, don't hover and watch what they are doing or spend time with them on work that they really have under control. They need space to get on and complete the work as quickly as possible.
5. Plan as much as you can
Before you start the work, make sure it's planned to every detail. Pick all of the fixtures and fittings, have a clear idea on lead times and when you have to order any goods. This will also mean that when big issues or decisions come up, you have the time and head space to deal with them!
6. Keep track of everything
Keep your budget up to date and track exactly what you have paid. You really don't want to be continuously worried about overspending, or having no idea of where you are with your budget.
7. Have a break!
Your builders don't want to deal with you when you are exhausted and running out of energy and enthusiasm. If you are living on site, make sure have some time away for a weekend, even if it's at family or friends. You will be able to relax, enjoy not being surrounded by dust and hopefully come back refreshed and enthusiastic!
8. Work out your day-to-day living
If you do plan on living on site, make sure you know exactly where you will be cooking and eating, where you will do laundry and where you general living space will be! This will hopefully stop the building site turning into complete chaos.
9. Celebrate the milestones
Renovating your home really tests your patience. Most likely something will be delayed or take longer than both you and the builders expect. But it's not all doom and gloom so really try to focus on the wins. When the wall to your new open plan kitchen lounge comes down, marvel in the new space you have. When your new shower is fitted, take time to swoon over it amidst all of the dust!
10. Keep focused!
It will feel like you will never have a normal home again and you are utterly insane for embarking on the project. But try to remember that when its finished, you will have the home of your dreams. Remember the feeling you had when you first saw your home, and the excitement of making it your own. Try and keep that in your mind!
Published: July 3, 2018