House Renovation Tips

Where do I start when renovating a house?

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    First of all, please accept my congratulations! In the event that you have plans to renovate a house! But where do we even begin?

    You are about to engage in a project that will undoubtedly be one of the most formative experiences of your entire life. The planning of a renovation can feel as overwhelming as the planning of a wedding or the beginning of a family. You'll never look back and be sorry you did it, but at the same time, the memories (and the house) you create will last a lifetime and beyond.

    We are aware of it because we carried it out!

    We are one of those couples who have been engaged for more than five years, so we won't be getting married anytime soon. We did not build our dream home from scratch; rather, we purchased an ugly, dilapidated house built in the 1930s and completely gutted and remodelled it in the Modern Country style.

    ...and we are well aware of the mess, the sweat, and the tears that are associated with home improvements. Believe us.

    Are you thinking about giving your home a makeover? No need to look any further! We at Hitch Property Constructions are here to assist you in the remodelling of your home.

    HOW DO YOU KNOW WHERE TO START YOUR HOME RENOVATION?

    Home Renovation Tips

    DETERMINE WHAT YOU CAN REMODEL YOURSELF - AND WHAT YOU CAN REMODEL YOURSELF

    The majority of homeowners struggle to find the funds necessary to renovate their entire home all at once. They are also interested in minimising their financial outlays as much as they can. If this describes you, the first thing you'll need to do is figure out which aspects of the renovation you can handle on your own and which ones require the assistance of a professional contractor.

    Painting, installing baseboards, performing small-scale demolition (such as a counter or set of cabinets), and even installing flooring are all things that amateurs are capable of doing. The installation of doors or windows, as well as large-scale demolition projects, may be more challenging.

    You can also head over to YouTube and watch a couple of videos of people doing what it is that you are considering doing if you are unsure about whether or not it is something that you might want to tackle. It's possible that you'll be surprised by how much confidence that gives you.

    START WITH THE BASICS AND MAKE A LIST!

    We are aware that it seems simple at first, but the best way to get a handle on everything that needs to be done is to return to the fundamentals.

    It is highly likely that you commissioned a home inspection before purchasing a property that requires extensive remodelling. Although we have mixed feelings about surveys (mostly because we think they contain a lot of filler text and don't go into enough detail), they are a good way to get a general overview of the tasks that will need to be completed. However, you shouldn't put too much stock in the survey results because they don't cover everything!

    The more you are able to educate yourself, the better prepared you will be. Therefore, give everything a careful look. Climb into the loft, remove the carpets, knock on the walls to determine if the plaster is loose (it will sound hollow), inspect the windows, and take a look at the brickwork and the pointing. Are there any cracks that appear to be cause for concern? Do you happen to have a woodworm? Is your paint flaking?

    Even if you buy a house that you believe is in good condition, you will most likely end up discovering more than just a few things that you would like (or have to) update or change. This is because houses depreciate in value over time. It is extremely important that you are as thorough as is humanly possible and that you make a note of everything that catches your attention. At this point, it is possible that you do not know what to do or how to approach any of the problems, but that is irrelevant. The first step in solving a problem is realising that you may have a problem that needs solving.

    Before we bought our Edwardian home, we had it surveyed, and one of the main things that came up on the report was that the house "may contain lead paint." It was brought up in discussion multiple times. Hearing about all of the things that could be wrong with your home is, to put it mildly, a bit unsettling. However, I'm sure that the surveyor was covering himself to some degree, as is the case with all surveys. When it comes to purchasing a home, having access to relevant information and being able to make educated choices are two of the most essential components. We at Hitch Property Constructions provide a diverse selection of residential remodelling services.

    SORT THE LIST.

    After you have taken notes and compiled what is quite possibly the longest list you have ever seen, it is time to begin organising everything and classifying the various issues and potential jobs that need to be done into distinct categories.

    Open up a new sheet in Excel (we prefer to use Google Sheets), and then add columns and rows for each different kind of project that will need to be completed.

    We like to break down the list and sort it into categories based on the type of job (for example, plumbing, electrical work, plastering, painting and decorating, etc.), but there is no correct or incorrect way to do this. Finding a solution that is tailored to your specific needs is of the utmost importance.

    Compare what you have with what you want.

    If you're having problems that are related to the utilisation of space, you should begin by making an inventory of the rooms you already have and the functions they serve. Next, make a list of the uses that must be accommodated as well as the spaces that you would like to have. Imagine that you are compiling the specifications for your dream house.

    A comparison of these two lists ought to reveal any "gaps" in coverage that need to be filled in. The challenge here is to determine whether or not your current residence can be rethought to accommodate these requirements.

    For instance, is it possible to create the additional living space you need in a room located on the first floor? Or perhaps in an attic? Is it possible to convert the guest bedroom into a home office? Maintain a broad perspective in your thinking to make the most efficient use of your resources, both spatial and financial.

    BUDGET

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    When determining a budget, there are many factors to take into consideration, including contractors, paint, flooring or carpet, cabinets, countertops, and a great deal more, in addition to the tools and equipment required to instal each of these items.

    You will also need to think about the amount of time that is required for each task. For this reason, it is essential to select a contractor who possesses both professionalism and effectiveness. It is possible that one contractor will complete the same task in half the time it will take another contractor, which could save you thousands of dollars.

    SET YOUR PRIORITIES.

    After you have arranged the items in your list in the desired order, create new columns in which you can make a note of the significance of each task and assign a priority rating to each based on how quickly the work needs to be completed. In addition to making a note of the priorities, one of our favourite things to do is highlight an entire row in a vibrant red colour whenever there is something that needs to be done immediately.

    There will invariably be projects that you will need to complete as soon as possible rather than waiting until a later date. If you have any significant issues to resolve, you will need to do so before you can move on to anything else.

    It is also a good idea to give some thought to the sequence in which the various projects will need to be completed.

    You will not be able to paint or decorate the room until after it has been plastered, but you will not be able to plaster the room until after you have taken care of the electrical and plumbing issues.

    Make an effort to arrange the projects in the sequence in which they must be completed. It should be something like this as a very rough guide, but that's just a guess (but it, of course, depends on exactly what work has to be done in your home and how serious any problems are).

    • Major construction work, such as tearing down walls or building new walls, rearranging the layout of rooms, and repairing any issues that arise, such as worn pointing or dampness.
    • Windows
    • Plumbing and electrical work
    • Plastering
    • Tiling
    • Painting and putting up decorations
    • Plumbing and electrical work
    • Floors

    When renovating a home, one of the things that can be the most frustrating is the fact that many of the projects have an effect on others. If you want to knock down a wall, for instance, there is a good chance that there are cables and/or pipes behind it that need to be organised first.

    The results of the survey will, to some extent, determine the order in which your priorities are listed; however, it is equally as important for you to determine what you personally consider to be of the utmost importance. Which of these projects would you like to see through to completion first? Which of the following would most improve the quality of your life? Where do you feel you can make the greatest financial investments, and why? Which project should be prioritised the most?

    It is possible for it to appear to be completely overwhelming; however, if you take the survey (or, if you don't have one, your list) and piece it together one item at a time and break everything down into individual steps, it may appear to be more manageable and less intimidating.

    ASK FOR HELP.

    If you made a list of the things that worried you in the previous step, now is the time to ask for assistance with those things. Asking friends and family members for advice is always a good idea, but if you think the issue might be more serious, you should seek the assistance of a trained professional.

    Now is the time to get estimates and find out what all is involved in repairing any problems that you may currently be experiencing. There are some projects that you won't be able to do yourself or won't be allowed to do yourself, and this is true even if you are the best do-it-yourselfer the world has ever seen. Not only will you require certain certificates and paperwork to prove that your home is in compliance with regulations in the event that you ever decide to sell it again, but you should also have it for your own peace of mind.

    Always consult or work with a professional whenever you are unsure about something or your ability to do it. To assist you in constructing the home of your dreams, Hitch Property Constructions offers the widest variety of renovation services available.

    DETAILED PLANNING.

    When it comes to the planning of a particular project, even though you now have a detailed list, we still go into even more specifics. You can think of the steps that we are going to share with you here as the initial stage of the planning process.

    When you have a comprehensive understanding of everything that needs to be done, you will be able to begin the process of planning your various home improvement projects in greater detail.

    In the post that we wrote about how to plan a home improvement project, we went into a lot of detail about exactly how we plan a single project, beginning with the process of gathering inspiration and ending with the process of costing out the work and scheduling it.

    I'm not going to lie. Even if you only tackle one home improvement project at a time, it can be challenging to renovate an entire home. It's going to be challenging, and there's a good chance it's going to keep you up at night worrying about it. Is it worth the trouble? Yes! It turned out to be one of the best decisions we've ever made.

    Plan a methodical makeover. 

    Work your way methodically through each room of the house to determine the level of effort and expense that will be required in order to give the entire house a facelift when major renovations are not needed. Begin at the entrance, which in most cases requires more consideration than you might think, and proceed in a logical manner from there.

    Think about each room's floor, walls, ceiling, lighting, and furnishings in a methodical manner. Make a list of the things that need to be purchased, as well as the construction or decorating work that needs to be done. You need to compile an itemised and priced inventory of all of the components that are required for the completion of the project.

    You might find it helpful to create a shopping list with relevant dimensions on your phone or in a dedicated notebook for the purpose of having handy reference information on hand while you are on the go.

    Maximize your existing space. 

    Before deciding whether or not to extend, you should make sure that the spaces you already have are being utilised to their full potential if you have the impression that you require more room.

    Perhaps you even have a room that is never used. Is there a chance that it could be reimagined and used in a different capacity? Is the room actually problematic, meaning that there are problems with the lighting, the temperature, or the arrangement that need to be fixed before it can be put to any use?

    Would it be possible to knock down the walls that currently separate the rooms in the back of your house in order to make more space for a kitchen, dining area, and family room?

    If you do choose to extend, you should ensure that the new space flows into the old one, and that the combined dimensions of the two areas accommodate all of your requirements in terms of living space and storage capacity.

    Boost natural light. 

    If the amount of light is your primary concern, an extension that is filled with light may seem like an alluring vision. However, keep in mind that such an extension might decrease the amount of light that enters your currently occupied spaces.

    Any room's light levels can be drastically improved by the addition of large windows that look out onto even the smallest of outdoor areas. Light tubes, which are always an extremely powerful source of illumination, are also capable of doing so.

    When there is sufficient room and adequate planning, a garden room like the one shown in this picture can allow you to increase the amount of space in your home without negatively impacting the amount of natural light that enters the primary living area. It is possible that the garden room in your house receives even more sunlight than the other rooms, depending on how your house is oriented.

    Manage your storage. 

    Your goal should be to create storage solutions throughout the house that are not only convenient but also suitable for the items that are being kept there.

    You might believe that the storage you already have is completely insufficient, but before you rip it out and start over, you should ask yourself if it is possible to make it more efficient.

    In the kitchen, for instance, freeing up valuable space can be accomplished by reorganising the contents of the existing drawers and adding shelves to the cabinetry. This line of thought is applicable to closets, linen cabinets, and any and all other specialised storage areas located throughout the home. Your most significant investment will not be monetary but rather in terms of time.

    DECIDE ON THE DESIGN AND STYLE OF YOUR HOME.

    If you are renovating the entire house, you will probably want each room to have a consistent style and design, at the very least in the primary areas of the house where people congregate, such as the kitchen, the family room, and the basement. When you're in a smaller space, like a bathroom or bedroom, you might feel like you have more of an opportunity to be creative or to express different people's preferences.

    START WITH ISSUES, NOT SOLUTIONS.

    Take some time at the beginning of the project to think about what is driving you to undertake the work in the first place, especially if significant changes or even an extension are in the works.

    Think specifically about the challenges you face with regard to the amount of space, light, and storage you have. The secret to designing a house that fits your requirements like a glove is to make the most of each of these components to their fullest potential. There is an optimal solution for each component of this home-design trinity, regardless of the amount of space you have or your budget.

    Also, keep in mind the life stages that members of the household are currently going through and will go through in the future, from infants and toddlers to school-aged children and young adults, and think about how your home will need to adapt to each stage.

    ACQUIRE THE APPROPRIATE PERMITS

    Some home remodelling projects require a permit. The majority of home improvements that call for a permit include alterations to the building's structure or footprint, installation of new windows, and alterations to the plumbing or electrical systems. Changing out the flooring or painting the walls are examples of projects that do not require a permit.

    Calling the city offices in your area, informing them of what you intend to do, and inquiring as to what kinds of permits you will require from the city is a simple way to get started. They might also suggest that you check with the county or state to see if you need any permits.

    RESEARCH BUILDER’S RISK INSURANCE

    When it comes to large construction projects, you might want to think about purchasing builder's risk insurance. This type of insurance is primarily meant to cover any property loss that occurs as a result of natural disasters, theft, or vandalism. Also, check your homeowner's insurance policy first to see what it covers, and then decide if you require any additional coverage after making that determination.

    If, on the other hand, you are only planning a modest renovation or are only planning to renovate the interior of your home.

    CREATE A TIMELINE AND STICK TO IT

    Developing a project timeline is the most effective strategy for lowering stress levels during home improvement projects. Renovating without having access to one home could take years.

    It's possible that you'll run out of time yourself, and then you'll never have the opportunity to finish the project. Another possibility is that you have been waiting for a follow-up from a contractor for a number of weeks, which has prevented the remodelling project from moving forwards.

    Developing a timeline can be of assistance to you in moving this process along more quickly. Any plan that you have devised can be presented to your contractor, and if they determine that it is not feasible, you can collaborate with them to devise a new plan. If that is the case, they will do everything in their power to adhere to the timeline that you specified.

    Just because you're supposed to stick to your timeline doesn't mean you have to stick to the very same timeline you made in the first place. If you run into problems along the way, make the necessary adjustments.

    But regardless of what happens, you should always keep a timeline updated. In this way, even if there are several obstacles in the way, you will still have a plan to bring the renovation of your house to a successful conclusion.

    A legally binding agreement outlining the terms of your employment should be included in every job. It makes it easier to avoid misunderstandings, disappointments, and expectations that are not realistic.

    Do not wait until you are two-thirds of the way through the renovation to realise that you should have painted the walls before installing the solid timber floors or that the wiring should have been finished before installing the new ceiling. Doing so will only cause you additional stress and frustration. If you want to experience less stress and less mess during your renovation project, follow the tips that were provided above.

    FAQs About Home Renovation

    First, finish the work on the foundation and the exterior of the building. It's only natural that you want to move on to the next phase of your project, but before you start working on the interior, make sure the house is structurally sound. That entails installing new windows and, if necessary, putting on a brand new roof.

    Renovations ought to be carried out every 15 to 20 years, even if the state of your house has not changed significantly. Take some time to examine your house before beginning a project that will involve remodelling it.

    You can expect to go through the following five distinct stages when remodelling your home: planning, budgeting, demolition, construction, and cleanup. These stages are the same whether you are adding on to your entire house or just one room.

    Fixing up a house can be profitable, but investing a few hundred dollars in repairs and upgrades may not add thousands of dollars of value to your home. In fact, the average return on your remodeling investment is 20 percent or 30 percent less than you spend.

    The amount of time necessary to renovate your home is dependent on a wide variety of different factors, including the size of the space, the length of time it takes you to feel comfortable with the design, and the level of intensity of your renovation.

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