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Avoiding Renovation Pitfalls
With spring comes renovation and DIY season. With warmer weather, we tend to galvanise ourselves into action and make changes to our homes. Whilst on paper, home renovation is an exciting project, in reality it can be the stuff of nightmares. We share some insider tips on how not to fall into home renovation pitfalls.
Looking to make changes to your home this year? Renovating and updating your home is a big task but with pitfalls seemingly around every corner, how can you ensure success?
#1 Live in it first
If you are moving into a new home, the temptation can be to run away with your ideas and within weeks of being in, you have knocked down walls and replaced all kinds of details.
The problem may be that as you live in your home, you realise that you need a wall or two or that the detailing you removed was one of the things that made the interior into a home.
You may also think that your life will flow better without walls and the like, but you find that how you live in your new property is very different to how you lived in your previous one.
The short answer is to live in your home for a few months to see how it works for you and what it is that is lacking, such a storage.
A common issue that causes problems with the final finish of a renovation or DIY project is not doing enough research before starting the project.
Again, this about taking time to work out what you want and doing the sums – can you afford this dream or not? When the budget won’t stretch, this is where your ability to research comes in to find alternatives.
Designers also say that by doing your research you work out what it is you need, as much as what you want.
#3 Start with the basics
Unfortunately, not all renovation projects are about the fun stuff – the choosing wallpaper or deciding on the style of sliding wardrobes for the bedrooms – but the essential basic stuff.
Any renovation project needs to start at the beginning and is a journey rather than a quick fix. In other words, papering over the cracks is a short-term solution and not a cost-effective one.
Designers recommend looking at everything from the wiring of a property, adding electrical sockets and lighting, the plumbing and other ‘hidden’ essentials. From there work out the structural changes, if any, followed by the cosmetic changes. You need to get the windows right too as these are an expensive change if you get them wrong.
#4 Follow your ideals
The problem with research is that you come across a lot of articles and posts that suggest or tell you how a home renovation should be done. There are interior design trends but essential what makes your house a home is you, your family and how you live there.
And so, the glossy pictures that you see are ideals, something to aim for, a mood board of ideas – just make sure when you renovate your home, it is what you want and need!