Undertaking a home renovation project is often times one of the most exciting, stressful, and rewarding things that a homeowner can go through.
There’s definitely something to be said about the excitement of completely transforming your home to better suit your dreams and ideals, but anytime you’re talking about knocking down walls, reconfiguring utilities, and changing things up – especially from a structural standpoint – things are going to get at least a little bit stressful along the way.
When pulled off successfully, though, every home renovation is incredibly rewarding. Here are some tips and tricks to help you pull that kind of home renovation off without any headache or hassle!
Outline your expectations completely before anything else
The overwhelming majority of home renovation projects start to run off the rails because homeowners haven’t completely outlined all of their expectations in advance, down to the finest level of degree humanly possible so that their contractors understand EXACTLY what they are looking for when it comes to finished results.
This is not the kind of project that you should ever consider tackling if your ultimate vision for your renovation is even the least bit fuzzy. You’ll need to know and communicate exactly what you’re after so that you can get the results you’re looking for without any miscommunication between you and your team.
Hire the right contractors and professionals to help you out
Finding the right contractors and professionals to assist you every single step of the way is of the utmost importance, especially if you aren’t going to be doing the home ovation all on your own.
Designers, engineers, architects, and contractors are all going to be involved in your project, and all of them should be contributing positively to the workflow rather than slowing things down or creating obstacles for one reason or another.
Do your level best to only work with the very best in your local area, getting referrals and recommendations from those you trust so that you don’t have to worry about second-guessing your decision.
Make sure that your budget is clearly communicated and poured in concrete
It’s really easy for a home renovation budget to start growing and growing and growing – especially when small changes or cost overruns begin to add up – which is exactly why you need to make sure that your budget is clearly communicated to your team and that it is poured in concrete and made as inflexible and unchangeable as possible.
Obviously, if you are the one initiating the changes or expanding the scope of your project you’re going to need to expect and anticipate the budget to grow accordingly. But you have to look out for scope creep, project delays, and other issues that might blow up your budget for absolutely no reason of your own.
Tackle as much of the home renovation project as you can to cut costs without cutting corners
If you are able to tackle different areas of the home renovation project all on your own – handling the drywall, the demolition, the cleanup, the plumbing or electrical, some of the framing or finish work, etc. – you are going to be able to cut costs dramatically without cutting corners along the way.
This is a very best way to bring any home renovation project under budget, so long as you have the tools and experience (or willingness and confidence) necessary to move forward with the project without having to call in professionals later down the line to “rescue you”.
A lot of projects can be successfully taken care of without that much technical expertise, training, or even specialty tools. YouTube is going to be your best friend when it comes to researching these kinds of projects, and if you can get a more experienced or knowledgeable friend to help you out you will be in even better shape.
Look for ways to create the biggest impact in your day-to-day life and the value of your home to make the most of a renovation
At the end of the day, you’ll want to look for ways to create the biggest impact when you are moving forward with a home renovation.
You’ll not only want to change the way that your home looks and feels, but you’ll also want to change the way that you use your living space, the utility that you get out of the new space that you create, and positively impact the overall value of your home as well.
Take advantage of the tips and tricks that we’ve outlined above and you’ll be able to do exactly that and more moving forward. You’ll be able to knock out any home renovation project without feeling overwhelmed, guaranteeing you get exactly the results you’re after without any headache or hassle along the way!