Just one look at the featured image above and I’m freaking out about our upcoming Home Renovations. We are on the very last stage, plans have been drawn up and passed by our Estate and the Council, we’ve interviewed a few builders and are about to make our choice pay our deposit. We could break ground any day now.
Is it normal to feel this stressed?
I feel a bit better after reading the contributed post below. It’s allowing some excitement to bubble to the surface. Maybe, just maybe I can start to focus on the marvellous end result…
Those All Important Home Renovations
Home renovations don’t come around too often, but when they do it’s a busy time indeed.
Every so often you will find that your home needs a bit of a renovation. Something might be falling apart, it might be falling behind with the times, or you just generally might be bored with the layout of your home. In our case, we needed a couple of additional rooms and an extra bathroom.
Whatever the reason, we’re here to help you through it.
Knowing where to start, how much to spend, and what to do is a tricky situation to tackle. But hopefully, with our tips below, you should be on the road to completing those all important home renovations.
Finances are the main thing that holds people back, not just with renovations, but with pretty much everything in life. But when it comes to home renovations, you’re usually looking at spending thousands for a whole redo of a room. But please don’t be put off by this. The benefits in the long run far outweigh a few financial pains in the short terms.
Now, a lot of people find it hard to gather the cash when they need it, so one thing you could consider is secured homeowner loans. The loan is secured by the fact that you own a home, and they don’t look into things like credit scores. The interest rates are usually lower, and the time you have to pay them back is longer.
This is just one way of getting the money quickly if you’re desperate for a renovation, say for example if a room is falling apart. If you can afford to wait, then some budgeting is in order. If you’ve got a goal to work towards, it is usually easier to save.
Work out how much the renovation is going to cost, how many months down the line you’d like the renovation to happen, and divide the two. This should give you a clear number of how much money you need to save.
Where To Start
This is the question a lot of people find themselves asking. Where to start when you feel like you have so much to do is a tough question. Some people prefer to tackle the bigger jobs first. But this isn’t always the best way to go around it. What you need to be thinking of is what is most important to you. Something we would suggest is sorting the rooms out that people are going to see first. So if it is the kitchen or living room, tackle those. People like to be house proud, and they like to have something to show off to guests. But, if you’re really not bothered about anything like that, then you need to go with the renovation that is most needed. As we’ve said before, if something is falling apart there is obviously a need to do that first. But most of all, make sure what you’re doing isn’t going to put you out of pocket. If you can live with it, wait a while until you know your finances are stable enough to do it.
Now for the best part. The actual ideas of what to do when you’re renovating it most fun. So if you’ve got the room in your head, we’ve got some ideas for you.
Two of the most common rooms to give a full-blown renovation to is the bathroom or the kitchen. For the kitchen we’re loving one particular style at the moment. It is the black and white contrast idea. It is up to you which way around you do it, some people might be put off by the white, but it just looks so amazing next to the black.
If we’re going to suggest anything, we would recommend going black with the floor. White floors easily attract dirt and are more of a nightmare to clean. Whereas white surfaces only really down the remains of whatever you’ve cooked, which is easily cleaned with the wipe of a cloth!
Benefits In The Long Run
As we’ve said before, the benefits in the long term far outweigh the financial troubles in the short terms. It adds value to your home for one. People like to see modern, well looked after houses.
The more modern your kitchen and bathroom is, the more people you’re going to attract when it comes to buying. It also saves you the hassle of moving around the home in a place you’re not happy in.
When you really know a room needs doing, it plays on your mind until it is done. Finally, if something is broke it really does get in the way of things, the sooner it is fixed, the sooner life can return to normal.
Are you about to renovate? Or have you been through home renovations? What was the most stressful time for you? And what did you find most fun about the experience? Was the end result exactly as you hoped it would be… or even better?