When you decide to renovate your home, you are not only committing to whatever design changes you want to make, but to the process, you and your family will have to complete an intensive remodeling job. This can be easier said than done, but there are certainly ways to make construction and re-decorating less stressful on everyone involved.
In the following paragraphs, you will find several tips that will help you and your loved ones cope with the chaos that is undoubtedly about to ensue in your home. Each of these will make renovating simpler and will, hopefully, give you the chance to step back from the situation and remember why you decided to go through this process in the first place: to give you and your family have a beautiful space in which to make lasting memories.
Hire a designer to assist you
As soon as you decide to go through with a renovation, you should start looking for a highly qualified interior designer to work with you. You may also want to engage the services of an architect, depending on how extensive your renovation is going to be. By working with at least one design professional, you will take a huge burden off of your shoulders. Decorating and designing are hard, especially if you can’t focus on these tasks full-time. Let someone else take the lead in this area. You’ll be so glad you did.
Let the crew know you’re one of them
Sometimes, it’s easy to let your contracting crew and your designer take the reigns completely, which leaves you out of the loop about what’s going on in your own home. This rarely ends well. Instead, make sure they know that you’re one of them and you want to be kept abreast of their progress. This will help you develop better professional relationships with everyone who is involved in your project and will help you feel less adrift throughout the entire process.
Know what your goals are and don’t deviate
As your remodeling job progresses, you might find yourself tempted to make major changes as you go along. Don’t do this! The odds are good that you are merely caught up in the moment. Make a list of your priorities before construction even begins and refer to your goals on a regular basis. This will prevent you from deviating from what really matters to you.
Have cushion in your budget
As a rule of thumb, you should add 10% to your budget for incidentals when you plan for any residential renovation. Unexpected expenses are going to arise; they nearly always do during even the most minor remodeling jobs. As long as you’re prepared for the fact that you are probably going to go over your desired budget, this shouldn’t be a major problem.
Communication is key
The better you communicate with your entire team, the better off everyone will be. Think of yourself as the leader. Your actions, as the homeowner, will set the stage for how all of your decorating professionals, contractors, and specialists treat one another. If you communicate well, they will communicate with each other too.
The team at Hatch Homes is willing to tackle any remodeling job from Richmond, Virginia all the way to Charleston, South Carolina and anywhere in between. We love working with new families and showing them how their dreams for their homes really can come true. Contact us today to schedule a preliminary meeting so we can show you how we can help you with your upcoming project.