House renovations – are you ready?

house renovations - are you ready

House renovations can be a huge task, especially if you are completely revamping your family home. You may be doing this as an investment for your lifestyle, so that you have a beautiful and functional home to live in, or you may be renovating for the purpose of selling it to the highest bidder later.

Whatever your purpose in house renovations, you will need to ensure that you are completely ready for the project. You will appreciate making a good effort in the planning and researching stage of your renovations, because this effort will pay off later. The entire project will run smoothly, if you plan and look ahead.

Ensuring that you are ready will reduce your stress, help to manage your budget, and reduce errors that could be made throughout the project. You will get the best end results if you do not rush into it, and you make each decision with care and confidence.

What is your end goal?

Knowing what your end goal is, with house renovations, is essential. Make a clear set of goals that you want to achieve. Do you want to increase the sale price of your home? Do you want more storage? Are you seeking to expand your living areas to cater for extra children or family members who might be joining you soon?

You will probably have a number of different goals, and different members of your family will probably want different things. So the first step is to gather all of the stakeholders together and have a discussion about what everyone really wants to achieve. Clearly define your expectations, because there is nothing more disheartening than renovating a home and then realising later that your real goals were not achieved.

Is your budget set?

Most families are working on a restricted budget, and they want to achieve as much as possible for the amount of money that they are spending. You will know that you are ready for house renovations, when you have a clear budget that is set and agreed upon. Flexibility is important, as you will need to allow for unexpected occurrences but there are always ways that you can save money too, including purchasing sale items and second-hand items where appropriate. You can also talk to your trade partners about getting industry discounts for you, to ensure that you get the most bang for your buck.

Do you have great professional partners?

House renovations are popular, and many people like the idea of doing everything themselves, but the truth is this probably can’t happen. There are many skills and qualifications required to renovate a house, including carpentry, plumbing and electrical work. You might consider yourself as a bit of a handyman, but you most likely cannot tackle every task yourself.

Partnering with trade professionals will ensure that you get the job done right, that you do not waste money, and that you are satisfied with the finished product. You may be able to help yourself along the way, but you will appreciate being part of a team who know what they are doing, and who are experienced with house renovations like your own.

You will know that you are ready to renovate your own house, when you have a plan set that is understood and cleared by all of the tradespeople involved – but remember when you partner with Jims Building Maintenance we will reduce the need for you to talk to lots of different people. We have a full team of tradespeople who are expert at what they do, and you can gain advice and support from us with one point of contact.

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