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Our Top Tips to Make Your Home Renovation Pain-Free

While renovating your home can be fun and exciting, it can also be challenging at times – there is much more to a successful bathroom or kitchen renovation than simply picking out a colour scheme and some eye-catching tiles.

The truth is, to achieve your dream renovation, there’s a multitude of details you will need to get right. To make your life easier, we have rounded up our top renovation tips and tricks to achieve a renovation experience you will love. By following our expert advice, you will ensure your project isn’t destined to become a pain in the neck.

Collaborate with an Interior Designer

There’s a common misconception that an interior designer’s role is limited to adding the finishing touches to a room, such as cushions, vases and other decorative items, however, their role is so much more complex than that.

A good interior designer will work with you from the beginning to the end of your project, helping you to clarify what your vision is and then translating that vision into reality. With highly-specialised skills, an interior designer is an expert that can help with everything from spatial planning and floor plan layouts, to selecting products, colours, materials and lighting, along with so much more.

What’s more, an interior designer will take the time to listen and discuss your ideas, lifestyle and budget in order to prepare a design brief and scope of work. An Interior Designer can also advise you on where to spend your money wisely, picking the best value-for-money options as well as guiding you through what to splurge on in order to maximise future return. With their expert advice, you will save a great amount of time and money by avoiding inclusions that are unsuitable, the wrong style of size, or poorly manufactured.

Working with an interior designer to refine your vision will save you a lot of time,  as they know how to drive the decision-making process more efficiently.

Know Your Timelines

We’ve all seen it on the TV shows — a couple of weeks, some redecorating and magic — a beautiful new bathroom or kitchen. But in reality, renovating a bathroom or kitchen takes weeks of careful planning, and that’s even before you can begin to build your new space.

The truth is, no matter how much you want the renovations done quickly, there are some things that just can’t be rushed. For example, if you want to retile your floor or walls—which is often a considerable part of any bathroom or kitchen renovation—you have to plan for the time it takes to apply and dry the waterproofing layers before the first tile is laid.

Unfortunately, one of the most common mistakes homeowners make when renovating is not familiarising themselves with how long things actually take, which can lead to stressful situations.

 So, if you’re planning a bathroom or kitchen renovation, our advice is to familiarise yourself with the process, so you can plan accordingly. A great place to start is our Process Step by Step blog, which will help you understand the renovation process so you can make the most of your renovation experience.

Know Your Budget

You have a million ideas, and online home renovation resources are constantly bombarding you with inspiration. You’re ready to make your home more functional, beautiful and comfortable. The only problem is that you don’t know how much your dream bathroom or kitchen is going to cost you, or if you can comfortably afford it.

To avoid stressful situations and disappointing outcomes, we recommend you spend a considerable amount of time creating a realistic budget. While budgeting is hard, it’s a crucial step in creating a pain-free renovation experience.

With so much to consider from the outset, the best way to create an accurate budget for your renovation is to seek help from a renovation expert. An expert will consider your wants and needs and will be able to provide you with an accurate estimate of how much your project is going to cost.

One piece of advice is to make sure you’re looking at comparable quotes when selecting your renovator. For example, if you’re getting a quote from Contractor A, have Contractor B give you a quote for the same specifics — products, materials, project management, drafting, permits and interior designing included. If one contractor is significantly cheaper than the other, it’s important to ask them why so that you understand where the savings are coming from. You want to be sure they’re saving rather than oversights.

Compromise

For many homeowners, a bathroom or kitchen renovation project can be the perfect opportunity to bond with family members and get creative together — but it can also be one of the biggest sources of stress in a relationship. How do you compromise when you and your partner clash over patterned tiles versus plain tiles, or whether to install a second basin to navigate your morning routines better?

It can be extremely common for couples to have conflicting tastes and priorities when it comes to style and design. This can lead to a great deal of tension and ultimately has the potential to slow down the renovation process.

An interior designer can help you get through this period together with minimal arguments and stress, listening to both parties to ensure each person’s individual tastes and personality are incorporated into the design so everyone is happy at the end of the day.

Engage the Experts

Life can be hectic. It’s a juggling act between the demands of work and spending quality time with family and friends while maintaining an active social life. If you identify as someone who is time-poor, it’s unlikely you’ll want to spend time training yourself in home renovations.

To make sure your renovation project is enjoyable and fulfilling, it is best to engage the services of a turnkey renovations company that will drive and oversee the entire process for you.

So if you’re ready to renovate and would love to do it with the experts, book in your FREE In-Home consultation to kickstart your renovation plans TODAY.

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