An extreme home makeover is a daunting challenge. You have to think about the costs, how long it will take and the numerous problems you might encounter during the renovation. As large the prospect of a large home makeover is, it is possible. Here are some essential tips you will find helpful:
1. Plan ahead of time
Planning is an essential part of any large project. When you picture the whole process in your head, it is easy to get overwhelmed and perhaps even consider backing out. Sit down and write out a renovation plan. Consult your architect, interior designer and any other expert who will be involved. Figure out the scope of the work and the individual steps within it.
Once you break down the entire project into smaller manageable schedules, the makeover suddenly looks very possible. Planning also ensures that everyone involved knows their part and is ready for it. Financially wise, it also helps you set aside the money that will be required to complete the renovation. This is also the time to check whether it will be necessary to get any special permits from the local government.
2. Consider long-term costs
Most major renovations tend to add more space to a house. This means increased maintenance costs and effort. You might also find yourself with higher power bills. When planning, make sure to look at the big picture and consider any potential costs that might arise as a result of the makeover.
3. Constant and clear communication
There is nothing worse than remodelers getting something wrong. Re-doing it means wasted time and lost money. The most common reason for this is poor communication. If you are not clear on what you want, there is a risk of misinterpretation, which then leads to mistakes.
Make sure that you are in constant communication with everyone involved in the project and that you are apprised of every development.
4. Ditch the glitzy renovations and focus on practicalities
While it is tempting to install gold faucets or enameled Lava countertops, these glitzy things get old quickly. You will have wasted a lot of money for something you will love for a short time only. Instead, focus on long-term experiences.
For example, install a double headed or rainfall shower for more pleasurable showers. Or a skylight that brightens up the room. Or a bigger double sink for easier handling of dishes. All these are changes that you are going to appreciate for years to come.
5. Do not go DIY
All those home makeover reality shows on TV might tempt you to try out a renovation yourself. Chances are you are going to regret it and pay dearly for it. Experts may seem expensive but they save you a whole load of stress and money and ensure that the results are nothing short of spectacular.
Whether it is a modest renovation project or an extreme makeover, Characterise Renovations are here to help. In business since 1999, the company has done numerous projects including villa renovations and bungalow renovations throughout Auckland.
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