So, you have a new house, but it’s not quite ready to be called a home. In that case, you may need the services of a renovator before you’re truly happy with it. Once you’ve chosen your renovator, you might think that your job is done and all you have to do is let them get on with their work. However, before you make that fateful phone call and start paying for their services, make sure you don’t have any roadblocks in the way that can bring the process grinding to a halt.
Not having a plan in mind
Before you call the renovator, make sure that you know exactly what you want to do with the home. Go through every room of the house, including the outdoors, and make a list of every change you might want to make. From décor to structural, including any potential bathroom plumbing or kitchen counter arrangement changes you want to make. Then prioritise them and figure out which is going to be most important to you. Are your bathroom renovations going to involve fitting or changing baths and showers, or a simple decoration? Do you need landscaping services or are you staying indoors? Have all of this decided before you speak to your renovators, so you aren’t leaving any major issues not dealt with at the end of it all.
Not being budget ready
Of course, renovations aren’t always the cheapest of projects, so you need to make sure that you have the money set in place well before any work begins. Again, look at your priorities and discuss potential costs with your chosen renovator, filling up your budget with the highest priority work, first. A good renovator should be able to offer some wiggle room depending on your budget, but don’t lowball the figure. Make sure you keep some of the budget set aside for any extra costs that might accrue during the renovation itself. If you find your budget drying up before work completes, that work could stay incomplete. Don’t let it happen.
Getting under the renovator’s feet
You and your family might want to be there to make sure work is going as planned and that you’re getting another step closer to your dream home. But you should rely on your renovator to get in touch with you when they need to communicate and not be constantly hounding them about the work. What’s more, if you have children, it’s a good idea to consider having them stay with a relative or taking them on a trip. Beyond providing a distraction, there could be genuine safety risks with having children in the home while work is ongoing. That’s more than just delays, that’s potential injury.
Sometimes, delays happen during renovations. A problem might be uncovered, you might have to wait for those particular tiles to arrive, and so on. Don’t underestimate the time it might take for your home to be ready, but don’t exacerbate the issues by leaving any of the roadblocks mentioned above standing.
*This is a collaborative post.