A renovation is a challenging endeavor, and it requires a lot of time and money. However, what many people fail to remember is the period that comes before the actual works begin. Major projects like remodeling a room or an entire house/apartment are something that you should be prepared for and something you should prepare your property for. This smart planning can save you a lot of time, money, and, most importantly, nerves. So, if you are planning a renovation any time soon, here are some things you should do before workers start traipsing in and out of your living space.
Figure out the budget and the payment arrangement
Renovation with an overly flexible budget is never a good idea because it is impossible to keep track of your costs, and you can end up spending more than you have. The budget is the first thing you should determine, and only then start planning projects. Also, you should consider the payment arrangement that includes one down payment and another payment when the job is done.
Have a realistic plan
Work out a renovation plan based on your budget and the potential of the space you have. Introducing new extravagant trends is not something that is considered a wise decision since remodeling is not done every year. Instead, you should aim for a timeless look, and introduce new trends through more affordable things, like smaller furniture pieces and accessories.
Ask for advice
Even though you can probably imagine how your perfect home should look like, it is always safer to ask for a professional opinion about how to use the space the best and which are the most cost-effective projects.
Choose the right quote for the job
Going with the cheapest quote you get is almost never as money-saving as you may think. Instead, you should start by asking for a quote from a high-end contractor which includes a detailed proposal, and then sending the proposal (without the costs) to other contractors to fill out.
Check out the contractors
After you receive all the quotes, you should check out the contractors and compare their previous projects. Also, you should check independent online reviews of the contractors, instead of relying solely on the reviews you get directly from them. When you narrow the choice down to two options, check whether they are licensed and read the contract well.
Protect your things
Renovations can be messy, and there are no guarantees that all of your things will remain untouched. Consider storage container hire so that you can protect your most valuable things from damage and moisture. This especially goes for breakable and easy-to-damage items.
Have some accessible storage units
Don’t expect a major undertaking such as renovation to be done in a couple of weeks. Depending on your space and the scope of the remodeling, it will probably take a couple of months for the house to be completely livable. That’s why you should always have some storage units you can access at any time so that you can access the things you use daily.
Find temporary accommodation
Where will you sleep while the contractors are working in your bedroom? Will you move the bed into the living room, sleep in the bathtub? Doesn’t sound like much fun, right? Instead of these unfortunate options, you should consider asking a friend or a relative if you can stay with them for a couple of nights.
If you are done with all of these tasks, you can be more certain that your renovation will be a smooth sail. However, your job isn’t done yet. When the works begin, you need to be up to date with what is going on and check up on the workers regularly. Don’t be intrusive, though. Your opinion is always appreciated, but you need to be aware that they have much more experience with such jobs than you do.