Planning and executing your home renovation: Where to start?
There are two overarching steps to consider if you’re thinking about undertaking a home renovation project:
- The preparation phase
- The implementation phase
For your project to be well-executed and correspond exactly to your vision, you need to make sure you have a detailed plan and that you’re able to follow through with it.
Phase 1: Prepare
Coming up with a detailed plan for your home renovation makes it more likely for you to finish your projects effectively and swiftly. Whether it’s budgeting, building a timeline, or finding the right people for the job, make sure you have a clear vision of your project and the different boxes you want to check to get the most out of your home renovation.
Define what needs to be done
The first step is knowing exactly what materials and appliances you will need to take on the work. It’s also often helpful to set up a preliminary timeline of the unfolding of your project and give yourself some leeway. Do the most to avoid encountering any unexpected obstacles or any eventual surprises.
Reach out to qualified professionals
Finding the right people is half the job in a home renovation project.
It is important to choose the right professional, you need to make sure that they are qualified for the job.
Try different networking platforms, reach out directly to a recommended professional, or contact an agency. In any case, ask about their qualifications and make sure they have the appropriate insurance to undertake a home renovation job, making sure everything is in accordance with your country’s regulations.
Compare professionals and ask for quotes
There are plenty of qualified professionals on the market, therefore it is important to be aware of potentially significant differences in pricing.
You want to make sure you’re hiring qualified professionals that suits your budget and expectations to carry out your work.
However, always be aware of incredibly low pricing, and don’t skip doing background checks on the professionals you consider hiring.
Get the required authorisations
Depending on your area and/or country of residence, there are certain regulations in place for carrying out big projects such as home renovations.
Check your local government’s website for instructions on how to proceed, and make sure you fill out the necessary forms and get the required permits before you begin your renovation.
Don’t forget to seek out proper insurance, so that you can be protected and get reimbursed in case of an accident occurring during the work.
Phase 2: Implementation
After you acquire all the needed information, documents, and pricing quotes, you should be all set to start your project as stated in the organisational plan.
Stay up to date with the site
Make sure that you’re in regular contact with the tradesmen and follow up with them on a regular basis to make sure the timeline is being respected.
Ensure task completion as you go
It’s up to you to make sure that your project is handled well and up to your expectations. Try to detect any potential problems early.
Proceed to payment
In a lot of cases, a certain percentage of the final price should be paid prior to the start of the project. Construction companies do this to ensure that you are able to pay for their services. Once the work is completed you will have to finalise the payment accordingly to what has been agreed upon.