When it comes to the renovation process, many Australians get influenced by the entertainment of reality TV renovation programs and overlook the often forgotten – but highly important questions that need to be addressed before embarking on your renovation journey.
To get the best renovation result there is a lot of pre-planning required around how you live now and how you would like that to improve. We all want to achieve the most successful renovation – and lucky for you we are addressing the all-important questions to ensure all your renovation dreams come true.
Your why can be simply categorized into one of two answers: I want to renovate for myself, or I want to renovate for others. Your answer will shape your renovation process and the changes you will make to your home.
If you’re renovating for yourself and your family’s needs to maximize functionality or make the most out of the space, you might want a more user-friendly kitchen or a bigger bathroom to accommodate the way your family uses these areas.
However if you’re renovating for others with the intention to sell and add value to your property take a step back to figure out who your main market is, and tailor your reno to suit them.
Answering the first question will help you answer this one. Start by looking at the main areas in your home: the kitchen, bathrooms and the laundry and asking yourself which room needs the most work in the home. When weighing up the pros and cons of your existing spaces don’t just make judgment based off the way it looks but the way it functions too – Can you even use the space? Always come back to your why to help you prioritize the work that needs to be done.
It is also important to consider who is going to be living in the home and what their needs and wants are. Make note of these and have them numbered in order or priority.
Don’t be mislead into thinking that it will probably be easier and more convenient to do it yourself, to avoid having tradies coming in and out of your home, or thinking it will be a fun project to take on. In reality this can be so far from the truth! There are so many benefits to leaving it to the professionals, especially if you want the most successful and efficient outcome.
Electing to go with a professional, turn-key renovation company means you will save time, while making the renovation process a lot smoother allowing you to focus on the important thing in your life rather than micro managing a renovation and all of its complexities. Renovating multiple rooms at once is a great way to renovate as it means only one disruption to your family. The benefits of engaging with a professional renovator include an interior designer to design and source products and materials, having the entire renovation project managed so you don’t have to organize your own trades and wait on site daily to grant them access, letting the professionals take care of all the mess and rubbish removal – the list goes on.
Most of us lead hectic lives juggling the demands of work and family – Can you really afford to take on a major renovation project on your own?
Before you approach a professional renovator it’s important to clearly identify everything you want to do and how much you’re willing to spend. This way you can avoid any disappointment if you start to fall in love with a design or certain fixtures and finishes that are out of your budget. And to make your budgeting a whole lot easier – when you work with an experienced interior designer they will provide you with an detailed list of fixtures and fittings as well as the scope of works to ensure you don’t miss any costs you should have factored in.