Redesigning the layout of your home or improving upon its existing bones can be an exciting time in your life. It can also be quite expensive, especially if you run into costly surprises. Home renovations are generally difficult, but they’re not supposed to drive you to the end of your rope. Although nobody can truly predict what will take place during a home renovation, it pays to know some dos and don’ts before you begin.
DO: Have the Property Inspected
Prior to knocking down walls or digging holes, you should always review the area to be renovated with a qualified General Contractor. Working with Prism Interiors and our Architect, we will review the area and determine if we need to bring in our Structural Engineer, and we will discuss what is required by the City to ensure we meet their requirements for the necessary permits prior to construction.
DON’T: Create a Fixed Budget
While it is important for you to estimate how much money you intend to spend on your home renovation, sticking to an extremely tight budget is not only unwise but also unreasonable. Because home renovation projects can sometimes present or produce additional expenses, it is better to have some wiggle room in your spending limit for things that can come up or additions that you may make. An over-stretched budget is a dangerous thing when the livelihood of your home depends on you being able to address any issues that arise unexpectedly. On average, Clients tend to go over their existing renovation estimates by approximately 10 to 15 percent so keeping that in mind will certainly help you with your budgeting in the early stages.
DO: Hire a Professional
Getting the help of a professional contractor or designer like Prism Interiors and their Interior Designer and Architect, can help you to create the home that you truly want. With years of experience, they know areas of a renovation that can quickly add up, and they can also provide many ideas that you may not otherwise think of. Having an expert assist you with your home renovation project drawings in the beginning will streamline the construction cost of your renovation up front when the drawings are completed and sent to Trade Partners for pricing. When you receive the complete estimate for services, this will prepare you for the costs and scope of services required to undertake your renovation.
DON’T: Be Unrealistic about Timelines
Although using a professional to help you with your home renovation project is a good idea, it is not wise to be too pushy about timelines and expectations. Those experts will be working as hard as they can to provide you with an ideal space, on time and within your budget. Further it is important to keep in mind that there are also many things can delay a project, for example special ordered selections, Client generated changes made during the renovation, and of course unforeseen circumstances that can arise during construction once the walls are opened up. Quality and attention to detail and workmanship is always more important than rushing to meet a tight deadline. Contact Prism Interiors today for more information about your next home renovation project.