Thursday, November 7, 2013

Practical renovating tips

Decide on the extent of the renovation and your budget for it.

Home renovation is done for a variety of reasons, for more accommodation, a design update or even to increase property value. But these benefits come hand in hand with the stress, cost and inconvenience of the design and construction process.

To keep these hassles to a minimum, the key is to plan the process well ahead of time. Decide on the extent of the renovation and your budget for it. Last-minute changes are usually the culprits for hidden costs.

If your renovation project is your own home, another thing to consider is whether you will stay in your home or go somewhere else during the building work. Staying at home will minimize your living cost, but it might also slow down renovation work. If you or any member of your family have asthma or any health concerns, it is best to avoid staying at the renovation site with all the dust and dirt, especially if it’s going to be a large-scale renovation.

Before you start any construction work, de-clutter your area first. Get rid of furniture and things you won’t be integrating into the renovated space. Have a garage sale or sell your items online, on websites such as Sulit.com. This will also make it easier for you and your designer to plan the room.

Finally, find a good team of designers and contractors. You may opt for a company offering both design and contracting services, or work with people offering separate services. Do research on their previous projects and be sure to ask for a cost estimate before you sign contracts. - Aislinn Kee


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