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10 Home Renovation Tips

foundation ventAre you worried that your home renovation will go way over budget or schedule? Unfortunately, unexpected complications pop up and can even destroy months of hard work. Most of these situations could have been avoided with careful planning and early decision making in the renovation process.

Below are a few issues to think about before you begin your home renovation.

10 things to consider BEFORE you start

  1. Prepare a budget
  2. Be aware of council regulations
  3. Find a reliable contractor
  4. Know your start and completion dates
  5. Select products
  6. Prepare home renovation plans
  7. Purchase products
  8. Purchases for the owner builder
  9. Available services
  10. Choose your hot water unit

1. Prepare a budget

Before you start shopping for your new bathroom or kitchen you must know your budget. Whether you are applying for a loan or using cash, you need to figure out the cost of your home renovation. Some businesses offer finance solutions for approved customers.

2. Be aware of council regulations

Get all the information you can before you hire a contractor. Many renovations must be approved by the council before work starts. Contact your local council for more details. If your home is heritage listed, you will need to meet strict council regulations.

3. Find a reliable contractor

Speak with family and friends who have done home renovations or built a home to find contractor professionals that are right for you. Make sure you understand everything they tell you. Hire a licensed contractor well ahead of time, as the best companies can be booked for months in advance. Your product warranties may only be valid if installed by a licensed contractor.

4. Know your start and completion dates

Decide on realistic start and completion dates with your contractor. Remember that unexpected issues can hold up your project, no matter how well it has been planned.

5. Select products

You may need a few shopping trips to decide on the products that meet your needs and browse through print or online catalogs. Once you have decided on a style, you can narrow down your product choices. Be aware of any room size restrictions. Print out product specifications and measure your rooms. You can use online bathroom and kitchen planners to layout the products you have chosen.

If a contractor tells you that a product you have chosen is unsuitable, find out why. It may just be that extra work is required that they don’t want to do. Remember, it is your home and you need to be satisfied with the outcome of your home renovation.

6. Prepare home renovation plans

Draw up plans for your bathroom or kitchen and discuss the plans with your contractor. Share the products you prefer to help guide the work that needs to be performed. For example, if you choose an in-wall cistern, the contractor will need to know so they can organize the plumbing correctly before the tiling is performed. Give the product specifications to the contractor well in advance.

7. Purchase products

When selecting products, find out how long delivery will take. Some goods such as faucets and toilets will be in stock, while others such as spas and vanity units are custom made and can take up to a month to deliver. Custom-made products are often non-refundable so confirm your product choices with your contractor before ordering. Find out from your contractor which products they will require first. Generally, the first products needed are the shower base, bath or spa and mixers if they will be installed on the wall.

8. Purchases for the owner

If you own the building, make sure you purchase all of the main products for your bathroom, kitchen and laundry. This will ensure that you make all of the decisions and achieve the result you want. There may be things you may overlook when placing an order, such as different handles on a vanity unit, or the pump position of your spa. Smaller plumbing fittings can be purchased by your contractor.

9. Available services

Decide whether you need gas or electric appliances for your hot water unit and cooking appliances. If you currently have electric appliances but prefer gas, speak with your contractor to determine if the change will be cost effective and worthwhile in the long run. If you are building a new home, decide on the appliances you want before construction begins, as the plumbing will need to be roughed in based on your product selection.

10. Choose your hot water unit

There are many hot water units and it can be difficult choose one. If you are replacing an existing unit, your choices can be limited, so speak with your contractor. The instantaneous hot water units are popular but they use a larger gas line than the standard storage units. This can mean major plumbing changes which can be quite costly, though the instantaneous systems are cost efficient in the long run.

Conclusion

These 10 points may be somewhat obvious, but the problem arises when you start taking simple things for granted. If you don’t ensure that all your bases are covered, you could find that you have invested a lot of time, effort and money in a home renovation that generates nightmares.

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