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Gina's Top 7 Home Renovation Tips

Updated: Feb 17, 2020

Renovation is a great way to refresh and modernize your space and add to the value of the

home, and deciding to renovate your home is a big decision. Be it a home you’ve just bought

or lived in for years, renovation is a highly personal process, and it is easy to get stressed

and overwhelmed. So how do you go about it and what are some important factors to

consider when deciding to renovate? Here are some renovation tips to help you through this

process:


1. Know your Goal:

Everyone has a reason for choosing to renovate their home. It could be that your

family is growing and you need more space, or that you need problem areas like cold

floors and cramped spaces rectified or that you just want to give your home a

makeover. Whatever your reason is, identifying it beforehand helps you make better

decisions during the process. If you are choosing to renovate a recently purchased

house, take some time to live in it and determine the items that need change, or

check with the previous residents.


2. Identify your Style:

There are a lot of interior design styles to choose from. Take the time to identify

what you like, as this will help save time during the process. Take a note of the

interior styles you like and what you like or dislike in them. You can also take the help

of a designer to do this. Once you know what style you prefer, you will find it easier

to make decisions regarding designs and furniture. If there are multiple people with

different style preferences, trying to figure out the common likes and dislikes you

have will help narrow it down. Also keep in mind, it is ok to like multiple design

styles. An experienced design professional can help you create a cohesive look to

your space taking into consideration your taste and preferences.


3. Create a Budget:

Establish a budget based on the scope of work. Check with your interior

designer/construction manager to understand general costs for items to help you

create a realistic budget. It is also important to not underestimate costs and

understand that various factors like the state of the current structure or change in

market rates for products can easily lead to an increase in the project costs. Add 10-

20% on top of what you expect the project to cost to avoid any surprises. If you are

on a tight budget, you can also choose to start with renovating the rooms that need

the most improvement.


4. Prioritize:

Once you know your requirements and budget, you can create a list with your top

priorities in terms of areas and items. If you choose to renovate room by room, your

priority list will help you identify what room needs to be worked on first. This helps

avoid unnecessary stress as well as help you stick to your timeline and budget

better. This is also useful when purchasing furniture and decor, as you can refer to

the list to know what is a priority and what you can splurge on. You can also wait

for sales to pick up lower priority items, helping you save money.


5. Invest in Quality:

While choosing materials and furniture, look for high quality products. This is

especially true for kitchen and bathroom renovations, and for furniture pieces that

you use regularly. While a quality product can increase costs in the short term, it

ends up being cost saving in the longer term. Look at your priority list to help you

determine where to spend more on, and where you can cut back.


6. Reuse:

Look into what existing pieces and items from your home can be reused. You can

choose to reupholster or give a new finish to furniture pieces based on the design

style. You can also choose a style with the help of the designer based on the items

you wish to keep. For example, if you have beautiful flooring that is in good condition

or an entire set of furniture, you can create a design theme based around it.


7. Give it Time:

The most important thing to understand before you start renovation is that it is a

process that takes time. There may be unexpected issues that arise that can extend

the timeline. For example, there could be a sudden change in weather or you may

realize that a structure cannot be retained as it is too damaged. With help from an

experienced interior designer or contractor, you will have less to worry about.

Designing and renovation takes time, but it will be worth it in the end.


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