Hey folks. Renovating your home is a big investment, and it not only affects your bank account, it also takes up a big chunk of your time. It could take anywhere between three months to three years, depending on the size of your home and the degree of changes you want to make. During my career, I’ve seen many lovely homes and many lovely people who just don’t know how to prepare themselves for this process. I have selected a few helpful tips, drawing from my long term experience, and hopefully, they’ll smooth out the way for you and help you get the home of your dreams.
First things first, you can’t start renovating without preparing a budget plan, and in it, you should include both the planned and unplanned expenses, as well as some impulsive or incidental costs, like ordering takeout more often than planned or having to stay at a hotel for the night – you see, home renovation is not a comfortable process.
Another helpful thing to consider is making an actual plan. This is very important especially when you’re renovating the whole house. You have to make a separate time-table for each segment of your home, but do this realistically. I’ve seen people thinking they can renovate a 200 sq ft master bedroom in just two weeks. This is where a lot of people make mistakes. Don’t underestimate the time you need!
Remember, you have to keep track of everything, from expenses to sticking to the schedule. Six months, for example, fly by so fast when you’re renovating, it’ll feel like the blink of an eye. That’s why I recommend never keeping your walls completely bare, but having a calendar and a clock in each room – it’s in everyone’s best interest. Wearing a wrist watch is also highly recommended, especially if you’re going in-and-out the house. Further research at Timepiece Quarterly. And if you’re not into the habit of wearing one, you definitely should, it will be useful for you.
You have to be sensible about these things – just like you need to evaluate your budget, you also need to evaluate your daily life and routines, and take these things into account when you make the general plan of what you want to change. Just look at where you are at the moment, what your current habits are and go from there. For example, don’t fill your outdoor patio with beautiful plants if there’s no one to water them regularly.
Another helpful tip I can give you is to not expect your home renovation process to go smoothly all the time, so prepare to be patient beforehand. You’ve gotta be practical. It’s not gonna last forever, and in the end, if you’re not prepared for it just yet, no need to rush. So, unless you can’t postpone it, prepare for the challenges, but also try to enjoy the process. It’s a stressful period for everyone, but try to keep your focus on how much you’ll enjoy your newly improved home and take it as a learning experience.
And lastly, always think twice when choosing bathroom tiles and particleboard designs. Good luck and I hope you get to create the home you’ve always wanted!