Have you bought a house that you want to renovate, invest in a real estate project or does your current home need a (thorough) makeover? There is a lot involved in a renovation. Not sure how to get started? Here are our 5 best tips for renovating your home. With these 5 tips, you will be prepared for the renovation of your home.
Have a clear goal
You don't just start a renovation. Home renovation requires a lot of time and money. It is therefore important that you have a clear goal in mind so that during the renovation you do not suddenly change your mind and completely change course. Be inspired, collect sufficient information, talk to various experts, ask for input from your environment,...
Then put everything together and study each choice. Weigh the pros and cons of each decision and make sure you are 100% behind your final choice.
Make a schedule
Renovating without planning is not a good idea. A renovation is done in a certain order. For example, it is important to start with the basic works, such as insulation work or the repair of a roof. Only then can interior work, for example, the installation of a new kitchen or bathroom, and the renovation of the exterior design commence. Only last is the finishing touched.
In the absence of planning, you will skip steps that can get you stuck in the renovation process. This will not only cause additional stress, but also additional costs. So work systematically so that you can make timely adjustments where necessary and avoid increasing costs.
A budget for your renovation
The financial picture is very important when it comes to renovation. That is why it is so important to have a clear goal in mind. When you know exactly which works you want to carry out, you can set a better budget. It would be a shame to have to stop the renovation because there is no longer a budget.
First, you will have to see how you are financially doing yourself. What budget can you effectively spend on the renovation works? Should you consider taking out a loan? Moreover, is there a margin to exceed the budget? You will often be faced with surprises during renovation works. It is therefore recommended to have 10 to 15% of the budget on hand.
Compare quotes from contractors
Once you have determined that, you can see for which works you will call on a renovation company and which you can carry out yourself. When you engage a contractor, always request at least 3 quotes. In addition, check whether the offers are complete so that later additional prices for fit out services, and other services can be excluded during the execution of the works. This allows you to better compare and consider prices. The best choice is of course a good price/quality ratio. References can help you make this choice easier.
Keep an eye on the financial picture
During the renovation works, it is crucial to keep an eye on the finances and to monitor them properly. This way you will never be faced with surprises and you always know where you stand.
Weigh what you can do yourself
Try to do (smaller) works yourself, if possible. You really shouldn't outsource everything to professionals. Especially preparation work, demolition work and cleaning up afterward are easy to do yourself. Ask family to lend a hand.
Call on experts where necessary
Some works you can do yourself, for others it is advisable to call on home renovation experts. Financially an additional cost, but it can save you a lot of time and problems afterward. When you engage professionals, it is mandatory that the delivery date, and therefore the end date, is contractually fixed.
What requires an extra budget, but you save at least as much if you call him or her in on time, is an architect. He or she knows where the stumbling points can lie in renovation and renovation work and views a home from a different perspective.