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6 Things To Remember While Renovating Your Home

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Home renovations are a big undertaking. There's a lot to consider when you're working on your property, from the materials you use to the timeline for completion. The following blog post will highlight six important tips that can help make this process easier and more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Be Careful Of What You Buy

When renovating your home, it’s important to be careful of what you buy. Don’t spend too much money on things that might not last or that you won’t be able to use for very long. Make sure you do your research before making any purchases and only buy what is necessary. Doing this will help keep costs down and make the renovation process go smoothly. If you need double pane seals, make sure you buy a really good, high-quality one. Low-grade seals are not going to last very long and they will end up costing more in the long run if you have to replace them constantly.

Plan Ahead

It's important to plan your renovation project so you have a clear idea of what you want and how much it will cost. Make a list of the changes you want to make and try to find images online of rooms that resemble what you have in mind. This will give your contractor a better idea of what you're looking for and help avoid any misunderstandings.

Be sure to also budget for potential unexpected costs, such as repairs that may need to be done once the renovation is complete. If there are specific things you want your contractor to pay attention to, be sure to mention them in advance. For example, if you're worried about noise levels, let your contractor know and they can take steps to minimize the impact of the renovation on your home. By planning and communicating clearly with your contractor, you can ensure a smooth and stress-free renovation process.

Don’t Rush

It's tempting to want to rush through a renovation project to get it done as quickly as possible, but this can often lead to mistakes and problems down the road. Take your time selecting materials and making decisions about how you want your room to look. This will help ensure that the finished product is something you're happy with.

Similarly, be patient when working with contractors. If they're asking for more time than you'd like to wait, try to remember that they're doing a job that requires a lot of skill and expertise. By rushing through the process, you may end up paying more money in the long run or having to hire another contractor to fix mistakes made by the first one

Stay Organized

One of the best ways to avoid stress during a renovation is to stay organized. Make a timeline for the project and stick to it as closely as possible. This will help ensure that everything gets done on time and that you're not rushing to finish at the last minute.

It's also helpful to keep a detailed budget so you know how much each stage of the renovation is costing you. This way, you can make sure you're not going over budget and stay within your allotted funds. Finally, create a designated workspace where contractors can do their work without disturbing the rest of your home. This will help minimize the number of messes and dust that are created during the renovation process.

Get A Professional To Inspect

Before starting any renovation project, it's important to have a professional inspect your home to make sure it's structurally sound. A faulty foundation or unstable walls could lead to serious problems down the road if not fixed before beginning the renovation.

It's also a good idea to have an inspector look at any electrical work that needs to be done as part of the renovation. Faulty wiring can pose a serious fire hazard and is not something you want to take chances with. By hiring a professional inspector, you can rest assured that all the work being done on your home is up to code and safe for you and your family.

Don’t Forget About The Little Things

Several small details will make your renovation stand out. Use paint colors, accessories, and lighting to bring together all the elements in the room and create one cohesive look. Don't be afraid to get creative with it either!

In addition, pay attention to finishing touches like molding, trimming, doors, handles, etc. These things can tie a room together by giving it an extra bit of flair or making it seem more elegant. Finally, don't forget about the furniture - you want your home's layout to improve after renovations but you also have to think about where everything is going before anything gets done! By taking some time beforehand to plan how each element of your new design fits into the overall picture, you'll avoid any potentially costly mistakes.

If you don't want to feel overwhelmed while renovating your home then you must plan and make a list of the things you need. Make sure not to forget about safety by using protective equipment for yourself and others who may be working with you on the project.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.