Are you looking to renovate your home this year? I would be pleased to navigate you through a couple of the biggest issues of the year, to help you dodge problems and delays with your renovation. Often times, without much in the way of experience, renovations can be more of a nuisance than anything. Some of the biggest problems can typically arise from the smallest of details.
The demolition and remodelling of an area in your home, can be a hassle if it is not done correctly. From determining a suitable time of the year, having the correct measurements of the room, the length of time upon completion of the work, to even simply making sure that you have decided on the most suiting paint colour; these are tasks which can quickly become overwhelming for a homeowner and their family.
Thankfully, Your Reno Guys deals with issues of this nature on a day to day basis. To make life a little more simple this Spring, we have narrowed down the biggest DO’s and DO NOT’s for your next aspired renovation. We hope to help facilitate this process! Here are some of the secrets we have discovered throughout our many years in the industry. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
Make concise decisions, but not hasty ones.
This may seem a little controversial at first glance, but, in fact, it is quite simple and can certainly help lift some of the burden of renovating. Of course, no matter the size of the job, we, as homeowners, are inevitably investing a decent amount of money into a home renovation. You want to ensure that your home will look absolutely perfect.
One of the main issues that we hear down the grapevine, is that often homeowners are undecided on the final picture, after the renovation is said and done. This can actually result in causing a slew of problems. Not only will this delay the renovation, no one wants to be living with renovations for months and months on end. Determining whether you should take down that wall in the living room for a more open concept, or what kind of tile you want for the kitchen floor, are all extremely common issues that we run into with practically every kind of job we take on. Our biggest tip for this, is to have a rough plan in mind before starting any of the steps in purchases, ordering and so fourth. Often, indecisiveness can result in having to reschedule many steps along the way, I.E; the plumber, electrician, mudder, tiler (the list goes on)! If you know what you want before getting your feet wet. It will save heaps of stress and wasted time.
You get what you pay for.
We have all heard the old saying “you get what you pay for”. For some aspects in life this can be false, you can get lucky sometimes. But when it comes to renovations, you should never leave the quality of your work up to chance, using dodgy products. I am not talking about opting for a less expensive tile here, tile is not poor quality simply because it is inexpensive. I am talking more about skimping out on steps that protect and guarantee your work. Such as the use of Schluter Kerdi waterproof membrane for your shower surround, to ensure you are shielding your drywall and foundation thereafter from water and mold, or by bypassing the use of Ditra Mat subfloor, which is hands down, the number one uncoupling membrane to protect your tiles and grout from shifting and cracking (and carries a ten year warranty).
If you are going to spend the money and time on a renovation, then please, do it right the first time. It would be such a pain to have to go back, spend more money and start all over.
If you are a hands on type of person, or the handyman of the family, this is a great attribute to carry when coming to renovation work, hone this skill to help with your renovation. If not, never be shy to have a renovation company help you out along the way. If you are comfortable completing parts of the reno on your own (and save yourself some money) this is always a treat for the homeowner. If you are the imaginative one of the family, and are capable of envisioning the final product, you could even spare yourself a designer. Picture it, one builder and one designer. Grab your husband, grab your wife and make it a fun experience to spice up your home, together.
Patience and understanding are the biggest keys to a successful renovation, and knowing that these things take time. You cannot expect them to be done overnight, yet if you are willing to be a bit flexible and expect to have a few delays along the way, this makes the process a whole lot more enjoyable, for everyone involved. Spring is here and it is time to make a positive change around the house. Whether it be just a fresh coat of paint, the addition of a cozy reading space, or a man cave the options are endless and always at an arms reach. No dream too BIG, no project too SMALL.
-Your Reno Guys