Revamping Your Home? 5 Things to Know Before You Start Renovating Part 1.

It’s very exciting to take on a renovation project. Your home will look amazing if you are well prepared to get it right the first time. Here are some important questions you need to answer before you swing that hammer. Let’s see if you’re ready to get started.

Why are you renovating?

To sell for a higher price, or to fully enjoy living in your home? If you are selling, it’s best to check with a local real estate agent to ask what is in demand. Renovate for appeal, to attract more buyers. If you are staying long term, you can afford to take your time. Use premium materials to achieve the look and feel you want.

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Have you agreed on a style?

Do you prefer a modern look or a more rustic look? Agree on a style and stick to it with all your design ideas, materials and furniture. Allow your indoor styling to extend to the outdoor areas as well. Knowing what you want to achieve and agreeing on a style is a priority. This will help you to avoid ugly design conflicts down the track.

Have you made a master plan?

Your master plan should include specific details of what needs to be done to achieve the outcome you are after. If you are just winging it, there is a risk you will be easily side-tracked. Don’t lose track of the reason you are renovating. By sticking to your master plan, the work will be finished before you run out of money.

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Have you set a budget?

Your budget and your master plan work hand in hand. Set a well-planned and realistic budget right from the start. This way, you’ll know if you have the cash, or if you need to borrow, or if you need to adjust your master plan. Allow at least 10% for added or unexpected costs so that you don’t run out of money before you’re reno is done.

Have you consulted the experts?

Contact your local council to learn about any regulations that may apply. Distance from the boundary, overlooking issues or structural requirements become important. For larger renovations, your local building inspector will be able to advise if your house can support the changes you have planned. Don’t forget to talk with the in home technology experts. This is vital to keep the kids happy.

If you have answered yes to all these questions, you are off to a great start. If we have given you some homework to do, there’s plenty of help available by contacting Jim’s, your local expert.

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Stay tuned for Part 2 of ‘Things to Know Before You Start Renovating’ where look at some more challenging questions. These guides will have you well prepared for your renovation!