Congratulations! You finally have the keys to your new house, and when you are undertaking a complete renovation to turn a property into your dream home, you will learn to celebrate even the smallest of victories. Read on for tips on how to make your remodel project as stress-free as possible.
Expect the unexpected
No matter how thorough the surveys carried out for your mortgage appeared to be, there will always be issues that were not identified, and things you may not have budgeted for. Not only do you need to have a contingency fund to cope with these hurdles as they arise, but you need to be emotionally prepared, too. Very few remodel projects reach completion without challenges, so expect the unexpected and get mentally ready to experience disappointments along with the successes. Think of your project as a journey filled with peaks and valleys, and if you take it all as it comes, you'll get there in the end.
You need to start your renovations with a blank canvas. Aim to strip back the property to its bones before you start work. You may need to hire biohazard cleanup companies to give the place a thorough clean especially if the previous inhabitants had hoarding tendencies or lots of pets, but it is easier to do to an empty property than one that is full of personal belongings. Once the property is clear and clean, you will be able to accurately gauge what needs to be done. Do the floorboards need replacing? Are the pipes positioned in accessible places; or you may uncover some heritage tiles that you want to keep!
Communication is key
Hiring contractors can be stressful. You need to be clear and concise about the information that you give contractors. Ask them to explain the processes that they are performing, so that you can understand exactly what and when to expect jobs to be completed. This not only will make you more knowledgeable but will help with your project management so that mistakes are avoided – you need to know that the electrical services will be complete before the drywall is installed, for example.
When working with contractors you may feel frustrated by what seems to be a lack of progress. You are more likely to get the results you want if you have a good working relationship with the professionals that you hire, and should you need to call them out again in the future, your contractors are going to be more willing to help if they enjoyed working with you.
Patience is a virtue
You will be keen to get creative in your home. You may already have mood boards and fabric samples that you can't wait to use; however, these really are the window dressings! Most the work in a remodel is in the preparation and not outwardly apparent, but by rushing through the preparation stages, you risk your shortcuts affecting the success of the aesthetics and longevity of the work you're doing. Take your time to do things right. You will need to fill the cracks; you will need to sand the door frames, they are not fun jobs, but they are necessary.
Remodeling a house requires a lot of money, hard work, and patience, but once you have completed your project you will be satisfied that it was a wise investment of all three! If you have planned your renovation well, you will have a home that you love, and the stresses will just become a memory.