Home Renovating can be extremely rewarding – adding value to both your property and lifestyle plus providing a great sense of satisfaction and achievement in the process. There are, of course, a few things to consider before transforming your house into your dream home.
The team at Perth Precision Construction has over 15 years’ experience in the world of home residential renovations and extensions and because we love what we do, we leave our personal touch in the end result. Whether you’re planning a quick bathroom reno or inviting an army of tradies into your home for a much bigger home renovation project, here are some of the most important things to think about before the renovation process begins.
1. What’s your Reason to renovate?
Taking time to consider your reasons for renovating, and the people you’re renovating for helps ensure you don’t overcapitalise and that your renovation project will deliver the desired outcome. Answer the question; why are you renovating? Is it for the future or a flip? Maybe it’s to increase the value of your property and achieve a higher sale price for it or restore your character home by adding extra features. There’s also a move to make homes a little eco-friendlier with a “green” renovation. Understanding the driver behind your renovation and why you’re doing it means that the time and money you spend will be worth it.
Putting your ideas and inspiration onto a mood board is a great way to visualise your renovation. Do the materials match? Do the cupboards match the countertops? It’s no easy task making these kinds of design decisions and with so many products, finishes, and materials out in the marketplace, it can be hard to even know what you want, let alone if it works with everything else! The goal of a mood board is to communicate the big picture of the space and helps create a cohesive look; plus, it gives your builder a better idea of what it all looks like in your mind.
3. There’s no need to break the bank
Renovate your house without breaking the bank by setting a budget. We are not going to sugar coat it; renovating is expensive, and you need to realistically assess what you have to spend before getting started. While it may be tempting to opt for heated floors or towel rack or even the home theatre system you’ve always wanted, make sure it’s within your price point. It’s a good idea to break-up each component of your renovation so you know what percentage of your budget you should allocate to different areas. Estimating your budget, sticking to it, and keeping tabs on your expenditure is essential for effective renovation budgeting and planning. Budget, budget, budget we can’t say it enough!
4. Find the right builder
Whether you choose to renovate your space at once or break it down into smaller pieces, PPC stresses it’s important to choose a contractor that understands your needs and the project at hand. You’ll only need to work with one contractor throughout the project, so creating a likeminded relationship early on is going to guarantee a better end result. Next month we’ll explore this process further because it’s important to ensure your house can support the work you have in mind and have guidance through the council process to get planning and building approvals in place.
Helpful tip from Owner and Director of PPC, Timothy Keough…
“We live in an age where information is readily available at our fingertips, I truly believe we should be prepared for any situation we are getting ourselves into including knowing rough costs of renovation works and how long it will take. If you go into your appointment with a relatively good idea of how much things cost and how long they take it is far less daunting when you are provided with an abundance of information on prices and timelines. It also helps you make sure your not being taken advantage of by any businesses Preparation is the key to a successful renovation on both sides of the build.”
We are with you every step of the way with your home renovation and understand the word can sometimes come with added stress. A renovation is exhausting and taxing enough – add in children, pets and having nowhere to cook or bathe, and it can become downright intolerable. With the help of Perth Precision Construction and a little bit of forward planning we can remove the sting so you can focus your attention on the things that you enjoy, such as selecting materials, colours, planning designs, and choosing furniture.