With some money and a bit of planning, you can turn your current property into the envy of the neighbourhood but before you begin knocking down walls or pulling off tiles, you should follow these four steps for a smooth and successful home renovation:
Create a flexible budget
Home renovations rarely go exactly as planned and as budgeted. You want to have a rough idea of how much your renovation will cost, but don’t expect to have all the details exactly right. You could spend months planning and still have some unforeseeable expenses come up that you would only be realized once construction begins. If you live in an older home, electrical or plumbing problems that are hidden behind the walls could be very costly to remediate, and foundation or roofing problems could swallow your budget whole. This is why you need to leave some wiggle room in your budget for extra expenses and ensure the project does not get delayed. Typically you should add 10 to 15 percent to your estimated budget to account for any issues that may arise.
Inspect your property
Now that you are aware that things will never go exactly as planned, it’s important to eliminate as many surprises as possible. This is done by completing a thorough inspection of your property before renovating. You should have your plumbing, roofing and electrical wiring inspected before anything gets started. You want to be certain that the changes you are making are in line with the existing functions of your house. You don’t want to discover halfway through your renovation that your electrical system is not up to code and needs to be overhauled, or you have a cracked foundation that needs to be fixed before you renovate your basement.
Be realistic about the completion date
When it comes to home renovations, it’s all about flexibility and you need to be able to live with the fact that your renovation may not be completed within the deadline you’re hoping for. Unforeseen problems like material shortages or special orders, Client generated changes, or even incremental weather can cause delays that most Clients do not consider. A job well done takes time and patience, and it is very important to keep this in mind. Rushing workmanship by placing unnecessary pressure on the General Contractor (which in turn affects the trade partners), creates a difficult work environment for everyone. Each trade partner needs the time to complete their scope of work – they cannot work on top of each other as that would only create additional frustration with a lack of space for their tools and more importantly, an unsafe work environment.
Prism Interiors helps Calgary homeowners complete their home renovation projects on time, on budget with amazing results. Quality workmanship completed by professionals will always out weight the do-it-yourself work and one area that it would particularly demonstrate this is in your resale value. Keep your life simple and do what you do best, and let us do what we do best! Our job is to take the stress of your home renovation off your shoulders, while providing the quality workmanship and excellent customer service you deserve. Call Prism Interiors today!