Renovate Your Home Wisely

Sunday Feb 12th, 2017


Renovation of your home is a long and complicated process. Over time, each house gets older and starts requiring a lot of work, so it's better to make a renovation every several years and plan it beforehand. Think about everything you want to do. Check all the weak spots that require repairs and look through the home design websites. Don't underestimate the amount of work to be done. Be prepared for anything. You also may consider hiring an experienced contractor, if you are not able or don't want to do the work on your own. Remember to get all the needed permits because performing work without permits can cause troubles. Work gradually and do not wrack everything at once. Even if you have a plan, do the work step-by-step.


Photo: depositphotos. Planning the renovation in the kitchen with the floorplan


Keep in mind that the bigger renovation you plan, the more expensive it is going to be. Take everything into account: the materials, the labor, the permits, the consultations, the instruments. You never know what's going to happen once you start a renovation process. You need to plan the budget carefully and to be realistic.


Buy only high-quality materials. You can read reviews of the materials on the Internet or ask your friends and neighbors. Cheap materials are often of poor quality and using them can cause extra expenses in the future. Using green materials is a good idea. They are not too expensive, good for the nature and trendy.


Remove the furniture and prepare the rooms for the renovation process. Often people wait till the last moment to start the preparatory work and it results in property damage and injuries.


Use the right tools for the right job. If you don't use your tools properly, you can destroy them, you can cause damage to your project and you even can hurt yourself.


One of the biggest mistakes you can make while renovating your home is overbuilding your neighborhood. Having a $100,000 house and then putting a $100,000 addition on it, results in having a $200,000 house in a $100,000 neighborhood. And that won't help you sell your home in the future.


Make all the necessary measurements accurately because even an extra inch can be significant. If you're not sure about how to measure or you can't follow the directions, call a professional or at least someone who has enough experience. Avoid building narrow hallways and staircases, small bathrooms and doorways. If you need a small bathroom, you can buy low-profile toilets and narrower sinks.

Don't forget to upgrade your electrical system. It's better to walk through the house with the electrician before you start wallpapering. Change the lightning too, if you want something new. The lighting in your home can completely change the colors, the feeling, the ambiance. There are really three main types of lighting: general lighting, task lighting and drama or accent lighting.


Use the right paint type. Picking the wrong paint for a particular project is a common mistake. There is a specific paint for just almost every surface.

Choose the right windows. Windows are quite expensive, and sometimes people try to save money by choosing cheaper windows. However there's only one way to save money - by not skimping on quality, so you wouldn't need to repair the windows each season.


Photo: depositphotos. Room addition


The time of renovation is a time of chaos in your home. Everything is not in its place, so it's important to remember about safety. Wear your safety goggles to protect your eyes, ear protection to protect your hearing, gloves to protect your hands from splinters and nails and a pair of good boots to protect from nails and sharp objects. There always must be a first-aid kit nearby.

Tags: home - renovation - repair

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