Home renovation is a big project and it can be both expensive and complicated to manage. The key to dealing with both problems is to prepare for the renovation beforehand and anticipate the expenses and the tasks that need to be done.
Preparations need to be threefold. Firstly, you’ll need to prepare for the renovation financially; secondly, you’ll need to prepare for the tasks that you want to complete; and in the end, you’ll need to have in mind that there’s a lot of work in putting the home back together.
Where will you stay?
The renovations require a lot of work and that can really disrupt your day to day life while the work is being completed. That’s why you need to decide where you plan to stay for that time. Some rent a room in a hotel and wait until the whole process is finished. Others prefer to work in stages and thus still have a portion of their home for themselves. Both options have their upsides and their downsides, and you should make a call based on how complicated the work will be and how much money you have available.
The work done on your home, regardless of what it will be, will leave a mess. It’s important to figure out, if cleaning the mess up is included in the price of the renovation or if it’s something you need to organize yourself. If that’s the case, the preparations for the renovation needs to include preparing for rubbish removal as well. There are experts that will do that in an organized and eco-friendly way. It’s just important that you ask for references before you choose one.
Licenses and neighbors
There are sometimes local licenses that you’ll need to take out before you’re able to start the work on your property. These often come with fees and often waiting periods as well. Sometimes the administrative work is done by the renovation company and sometimes you need to do it yourself. It’s also useful to tell the neighbors about the work that’s being done. There will often be some noise and trash laying around so it’s a matter of common courtesy to let the neighbors know and to ask for the patience. It’s best not to burden them with the exact date when the work will be completed since that can change.
Go into detail
When arranging the work with the contractor it’s best to go into detail as much as possible. This includes determining the timeframe in which the work needs to be done, and deciding which part of the preparation and the cleanup will be done by the contractor and which will be done by you. It also covers the legal details about the payments, the liability, and the insurance if any of these might come up as an issue later on. Sometimes it’s even useful to call the lawyer to go through it with you.
It’s essential that you prepare for the home renovation process before any actual work begins. You’ll need to take into account the financial and managerial side of things. A homeowner should also cover the legal and the administrative part of the renovation before it starts and prepare for the clean up after it’s over. There’s also a matter of where you plan to stay during the renovation if it requires you to disturb your day to day life for a bit. It’s also useful to go through the details of the contract with your contractor just so there’s no confusion later on.