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Things That You Better to Know About Home Renovation
Not every home renovation project is a good investment—nor it is a good use of disposable income. But not every remodel project is a bad idea. That sort of black and white blanket statement just isn’t helpful, particularly when we all know someone who renovated and sold their home for top dollar.
You are renovating because you want your house to look more beautiful and feel more comfortable. Consider your home renovation plan as a business plan or as your special project you are starting from scratch.
Make a plan before you start
Before you rush into a home renovation and start a “to do” list, take a comprehensive look at everything that’s ahead, taking into account costs and timeframes.
You will be surprised at the number of options you have once you start your research. The beautiful lamp that you liked at a high end store can be purchased at a lower price from elsewhere as well. So, when renovating your house on budget please remember that if you research to find the furniture you like, paint you want or the decorations you would like in your house, you are likely to find most of the supplies at an inexpensive price.
The tip is, wait for it…be patient. Putting your home reno project on hold gives you more time to save up the money needed for this expensive endeavour. It also means not going into debt for an expenditure that may or may not give you a return on the dollar you spend. Finally, it avoids costly mistakes. That’s because a hasty, under-budgeted renovation can actually devalue your home and add little or no value to your home’s fair market value. And nobody wants to pay for a big blunder.
Storage During Remodeling: Where (and How) to Store Your Stuff
Remodeling your home is an exciting process with a lot of moving parts. And in addition to asking yourself the obvious questions (like “do I want quartz or marble for my new kitchen island?”), you also have to figure out logistics. Among them: where you’re going to keep all of your stuff. Storage during remodeling can be a bit tricky, since you need your things out of the way while also maintaining access to them. Fortunately, there are a variety of temporary storage options you can take while you work on creating your dream home. Here are five of them.
Rent a storage container
A portable storage container is like having your very own storage facility located right in your driveway. It’s a popular option for storage during remodeling because it provides you with the ability to completely clear items out of your home while also maintaining the flexibility and convenience of having those items on hand when you need them.
Designate another room in your home for storage
If you have space in your house that you don’t use often—for example, a guest bedroom or an empty corner of the basement—it could be the perfect solution for your storage during remodeling conundrum. If you’re having trouble giving up your space, keep in mind that it will be temporary, and that it’s the most cost effective option you’ve got (provided you’re not remodeling your entire home at once, in which case you might not have the space to spare)
Hire moving labor
Moving heavy furniture and boxes, even if it’s just to the basement or a storage container in the driveway, can be very difficult. If you’re concerned about tackling this task on your own, consider calling in moving labor professions to do it for you. Moving labor can be a godsend during the remodeling process. As you would with a move out of your home, get at least three different quotes from moving labor companies for their in-home moving services, and only work with a company that is licensed and insured. You can use our moving labor center to find qualified professionals in your area.
Store your things with a friend or family member
You may not have room in your home to store items during a remodel, but perhaps you know someone else who does. It’s worth asking around to see if anyone has a bit of space to lend you while you do your renovations, though be sure to ask about any timelines they have in mind for when they want you to pick everything back up.
Significant Value-Adding Home Renovation Ideas – Most You Can Do Yourself
Whether you’re looking to sell your home or simply want to improve it for your own living, most homes could benefit from a bit of home renovation. That’s not to say that large-scale remodels are required – not at all! Depending on your home situation and circumstances, you could of course get as massively involved in home renovation as you want. But even small, strategic tweaks or fast DIY projects can make huge differences in the value (real and perceived) of your space.
The following is a room-by-room guide of home renovation ideas that will add significant value to your space. They will appease potential home buyers or simply make your own surroundings more beautiful and functional. Either way, you definitely come out the winner with a few well-chosen home renovations.
HOME RENOVATION IDEAS: EXTERIOR
While many of us might be tempted to spend our renovation efforts primarily on our home’s interior, it’s the exterior that will play a key role in the overall curb appeal (and, consequently, desirability) of your home in general. Here are a few things you can do to add value to your home’s exterior.
Upgrade the front door area
“Don’t underestimate the power of a front door. People make up their minds in the first seven seconds of entering a house,” says ERA broker Kristin Willens. The front door is the primary and ultimate transition space of your home. It’s also a critical part of any visitor’s first impression. Spruce up this exterior entry by painting your front door, upgrading your house numbers, replacing your front porch light fixture, tossing down a new door mat, or simply conducting a thorough overall cleaning of the front of your home
Tidy up the lawn.
We’ve all come across the house whose patchy lawn and overgrown bushes make you cringe, or at least feel vaguely uncomfortable. An important element of home renovation is a tidy lawn and landscape. Trimmed and edged grass, pruned shrubs and bushes, and an overall feeling of kempt-ness will go a long way to making your home enticing.
How Long Does a Whole Home Renovation Take?
There’s a mythology out there that renovating a house is usually a nightmare project, with budgets and deadlines that inevitably spiral out of control. It’s unfortunate, but understandable. It’s the horror stories that stick in people’s minds and get retold time and time again, and like all tall tales, there’s more than a grain of truth to some of these stories. There are so many factors that go into creating a timeline for a home renovation project, and unexpected issues often crop up along the way, with consequences for the final move-in date. Whether a project stays on schedule depends on a lot of things. That’s what I want to talk about in today’s post.
Given the prevailing ideas about renovation timelines, when homeowners come to us for advice about renovating their home, especially a large-scale renovation, they are often cautious. One of the first things they want to know is exactly how long this whole thing is going to take. It’s an important question! A whole home renovation usually means uprooting your lives for a time. Most families move out of the house temporarily (it’s more comfortable and convenient than living in the middle of a building site) and arrangements need to be made to store furniture and belongings somewhere safe and out of the way. You need an accurate prediction of how long it will be before you, your family and your stuff can move back home so that you can make your plans.
How Long Does a Whole Home Renovation Take to Complete?
As with a new custom home build, there is no quick, easy, and one-size fits-all answer to this question. But that’s okay. Every custom home renovation is a one-of-a-kind project with its own challenges and variables. That means it will have its own schedule. An experienced builder will be able to look at your home and your desired project scope, then give you a reliable idea of how long your planned renovation should take. They will know which factors to consider, and where to build in some margin to allow time to cope with the inevitable surprises that come with any large-scale project. To start, let’s look at a sample timeline for a whole home renovation.
Architectural Design Phase – 1 to 3 Months
Home additions and any structural changes require the input of an architect to make sure they are structurally sound, safe, and beautiful. The amount of time between giving your initial design meeting and receiving final plans will depend on the project scope as well as the experience and current workload of your architect.
Bidding Phase – 2-3 Weeks
Large scale renovations require a complex bidding process to ensure that you are getting the best possible value from all the subcontractors who will work on your home renovation. Multiple hard bids must be solicited and thoroughly vetted for all major items, so that a comprehensive and accurate budget can be created. If you bring a builder on board from the beginning of the architectural design phase, you can save some time here: the builder can begin working through the vetting process while plans are being finalized.
HOA Approvals and City Permitting – 1 Month
After your plans are complete and signed off, they need to be submitted to the relevant authorities so that all of the correct permits, approvals, and inspections are in order before work begins.
Construction Phase – 3 to 9 Months
This phase is where you will see the most variation and progress! As a rough guideline, most renovation projects we work on can be completed in 3 to 9 months, depending on the size of the house, the scope and complexity of the project, and some other factors we will talk about next.
Home Renovation Dos and Don’ts
After a yearlong renovation in his home, Editorial Director, Decorating Kevin Sharkey is sharing his dos and don’ts for a successful transformation. Read on to benefit from his wisdom and avoid future home headaches. Start pulling everything and anything that you like or think you would like to see in the space.
Take good and accurate drawings of floor plans and elevations. Don’t forget door sizes, stairwells, and elevators.
Interview your contractor or decorator as if you were interviewing a potential spouse. Essentially, that is what they will become during a renovation process.
Know this going in: Everything will cost 30 percent more and take 25 percent longer than you expected
Learn to love dust. Don’t take it out on your contractor or yourself. You can feel better if you keep a great vacuum around and plenty of rags.