One of the biggest projects you can undertake on the home is a renovation, and with that, the process is quite stressful for many people. There are so many aspects to consider both before and during your renovation, and without a proper plan in place and an understanding of what lies ahead, you might find yourself in a little bit of trouble.
However, our points below should help you out, as will your team of contractors and project manager, should things go a little awry during your renovation.
Take a look at how to prepare your home for renovations below.
Always Check Local Law
To kick off our list of tips, the first thing you’re going to want to do is check all of your local laws for what you’re looking to do to your home.
Though there are nation-wide laws and regulations that you will need to follow, there are also some local guidelines on a suburb and city basis that must be adhered to as well. These should be taken a close look at to make sure you’re not going to find yourself breaking any legal requirements that could lead to a fine.
For example, some suburbs will require you to leave specific heritage parts of the home untouched during a renovation, or allow you to move these during the renovation as long as they are returned by the time the process is finished.
Take Care of Removal Services Early
Another thing to keep in mind is that you’re going to want to make sure all of your home’s internal and external materials have somewhere to go when they’re being ripped out.
Whether this is taken care of by yourself or professionals like 1300 Rubbish, it is important to have these types of services at the ready.
You can’t really begin any sort of work without a place for your rubbish and so your home renovation will essentially rely on this service.
Sort Finances Early
It isn’t a surprise that you won’t get all too far in your renovation without a budget set in place to guide you through what you can and can’t buy or hire, and so with that you’re going to want to make certain you have both a realistic budget as well as an emergency fund that is able to save you should things take a turn.
Keep in mind that it is very common and almost expected at this point that you do overstep your budget a little bit, given that it is quite difficult to prepare for a lot of the costs and timelines that come with a home renovation, and so over-estimating certain costs is a good place to start as well.
Have a Well-developed Renovation Plan
When it comes to actually getting the renovation on the way and ensuring everything runs smoothly, you’re going to want to make sure that you have a plan in place that ensures success.
With that being said we suggest taking the time to carve out a solid home renovation plan that really covers just about everything you can think of as this is going to act as your guide from start to finish.
Given that there are likely to be a lot of ‘what comes next moments?’ in your renovation, your plan will answer these for you and keep things running as smoothly as possible.
A few things to keep in mind here include:
- Order of Completion
- Cost-based Timelines
- Plan of Action for Emergency Issues
- Hiring Contractors
With those out of the way and a fair few more, you will be working on generating a clearer picture of your renovation and be able to keep things moving.
Clear the House or Rearrange
Our final tip is to work to ensure you’re either clearing out the house or rearranging it in time for your renovations to start.
Work on choosing the rooms you’re going to use least and most and fill this with your essentials. A good point to keep in mind is that if you’re living in your home during the renovation, then you’ll need to make sure that you’re able to set up a kitchen that is ready to go as soon as the first plasterboards are ready to come down.
You won’t want to have to pause your life to rush around the home finding pots, pans and even food during a renovation, and so with that being we highly suggest you have your ‘rooms’ set up beforehand.