When entering into the world of home renovation services, it can be tempting to skip straight to the exciting bits like choosing hardware, paint colours, flooring and countertops. It’s fundamental to the success of your project, however, to take the time to plan accordingly from the beginning with the help of a professional. This helps things go smoothly and ensures that your project gets completed with as few hiccups as possible.
Know Your Final Goal & Vision
Before you decide to shell out thousands of dollars on an extensive renovation, you need to know exactly what you’re looking to achieve. Maybe you want to resell in the near future, so a renovation will help you raise the resale value of your home. Perhaps your home is outdated but you plan on living there for the long-term and you simply need a renovation that will allow you to enjoy it to the fullest. Whatever the reason, consider your end goal before you begin.
Set a Firm Budget
It’s vital to have a budget that’s realistic, however, one that will also take into consideration potentially going over. You have to be flexible with your money while also being able to turn down significantly expensive upgrades that aren’t necessary at the current moment. It’s about balance and incorporating what’s most important.
Being flexible with your schedule will come in handy. Look at the date you hope to finish by and leave a few weeks of wiggle room in there to accommodate for delays.
Chat with Family & Friends
Do some research by chatting with loved ones about any renovation work they’ve done to their homes and how the entire process went. What did they wish they could have done differently? What was the most challenging aspect of the renovation? Take notes!
It’s important to get some references, as well as other documents and liability insurance before choosing your contractor. At Archia, during your consultation and prior to starting any project we take the time to provide you with the necessary documentation to give you peace of mind and be as transparent as we possibly can.
Consider The Packing Phase
Don’t underestimate the packing portion of the renovation. If you’re doing a whole home remodel, you’ll most likely need to rent a storage locker to keep your belongings safe. If you’re only renovating one room or one part of the house, you can probably get away with moving your things to another room, the basement or attic so it’s out of the way during work.
Communicate Your Schedule
At Archia, we’re well aware that a renovation doesn’t mean life needs to stop. Be open and clear about your routines and anything, in particular, we need to take into consideration. We will adapt our workflow to accommodate any requirements or schedules you have to minimize disruption.
Safety for the Little Ones
While bigger children might enjoy getting involved in the home renovation process, toddlers should be kept at a distance. Consider child and pet-proofing your house to ensure maximum safety. We can also help you in this phase of the renovation process.
Plan for Shortages
Some renovations in the bathroom and kitchen will require turning off the main valve for water, leaving you without water for a day or two. Make sure you speak to your contractor about this so you can plan ahead and have plenty of drinking water, and water set aside for flushing and cooking.
A remodel is the perfect time to think about making your home more energy-efficient. This will not only help you save money on your monthly bills by cutting down energy consumption but will also boost the resale value of your home.
If you’re looking for a professional team that will help you along your remodelling journey with effective and high-quality home renovation services, we would be happy to help. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to learn more about how we work and get started.