Revamping your home is an exciting prospect, but it can also be stressful. If you’re looking forward to enjoying stunning new interiors and putting your stamp on your home, but you’re dreading the hassle of doing home improvements, this guide is for you. Here are some top tips for a seamless, stress-free makeover.
Set a budget
Money issues are one of the most common causes of stress linked to home improvements and renovations. If you end up spending much more than anticipated, or the price seems to be going up every day once you’ve decided what you want, set a budget from the outset. Figure out costs, get quotes and shop around for the best prices and deals. Analyse your finances and make sure you can afford the project. If you’re taking on a lot of work, and you’re struggling to find the funds, break it down and tackle the job in phases. It’s essential to get full, written quotes before you sign any contracts or make agreements with contractors. Be clear about your budget when discussing ideas with architects, designers, builders or decorators. If you have a budget in mind, they should provide plans based on your requirements. Often, there are ways to lower costs, for example, changing the materials or replacing expensive fixtures and fittings with cheaper versions.
Call in the pros
Many people enjoy doing DIY and they have an interest in interior design, but doing work on a house isn’t everyone’s idea of fun. If you don’t have the energy or enthusiasm to undertake jobs like painting walls, putting wallpaper up and laying flooring yourself, call in the pros. Research local companies, read reviews and get recommendations. If you hire a professional painter and decorator, you can save time and effort and guarantee a high-quality finish. It’s also important to enlist the help of professionals if you’re taking on complex tasks or jobs that carry a risk of accidents and injuries, such as knocking down walls, repairing roofs and updating the electrics. It’s always beneficial to take your time to find the best people for the job. Use the Internet, ask friends and neighbours for recommendations and seek advice on community social media groups.
Manage your expectations
It’s wise to go into any type of home renovation project or revamp with a realistic idea of what to expect. Manage your expectations in terms of time frames and the look of the finished article and make sure you know what you’re in for when it comes to upheaval at home and mess. If you’re going to be without your kitchen or bathroom for a few days, for example, you might want to consider moving out or staying with friends or family.
Undertaking home improvements is a brilliant way to spruce up your house and make it feel like home, but the process of planning, finding contractors and going through renovation phases can be stressful. To take the hassle out of revamping your home, be clear about your budget, call in the pros and manage your expectations.