While starting a home renovation project can be exciting, it also has the possibility to go horribly wrong if you don’t do the right planning and preparation beforehand. Knowing this, it’s vital that you take the proper steps leading up to a home renovation project, especially if this is the first time you’re renovating your new home.
For those who find themselves in this position, here are three things to do before starting any home renovation project.
Don’t Underestimate Your Timeline
When you watch home improvement shows, it appears as if all the renovations they do take place over a very short period of time. And while this can be the case sometimes, when you’re doing renovations in the real world, the timeline often isn’t as quick as you see on TV.
As a result, Gigi Stewart and Sheryl Geerts, contributors to Better Homes and Gardens, recommend that you try to be very realistic about your timeline. For example, you’re not going to want to start doing any demolition until you know you have the new pieces that you’re going to be installing. Otherwise, you could be living in a construction zone for quite some time before you get what you need to finish your project. Also, if you’re doing the work yourself, you should be realistic with how much time you have to devote to renovations each day, especially if you work full-time or have kids.
Plan For The Inconveniences
Even if you’re planning to get your projects done as quickly as possible, you’re still going to have to deal with some inconveniences in your life. With this in mind, you should try to plan for and mitigate these inconveniences as much as possible.
To do this, Emily Fazio, a contributor to HGTV.com, advises taking measures like covering all your furniture with fitted sheets to keep from getting everything too messy, closing off the areas that you’ll be doing construction on to contain debris, getting someone else to watch your kids or pets for a few days during the construction, or finding an alternative way to shower or wash dishes if those rooms will be under construction.
Visit A Design Center
If you already know exactly what materials and design you want to employ in your space, that’s great. But if you’re unsure, one thing you should do to get a better idea, according to Cathie Ericson, a contributor to Realtor.com, is to visit a design center. Here, you’ll be able to see all different types of materials and styles of items that you might want to use in your home. You can also comparison shop for price easier, too.
Outside of visiting a design center you can also see furniture rendering sites, where they allow you to see the furniture you are looking at buying in different settings, allowing you to plan for future changes as well. Style are always going in and out of fashion, so this can help you prepare for the inevitable ebbs and flows of design.
If you’re about to start doing some home renovation projects, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you know what to do prior to starting.