With so many DIY (Do-It-Yourself) websites, tricks, lists, ideas…etc., refurbishing one’s home has never been as popular as it is today. From small, trivial details to the large, important ones, renovating and redesigning a home, (or a part particular part of it) has in some way become a fun activity. However, since people often tend to get carried away, here is a short list of things to take into consideration before starting with the renovation process.
1. Plan It ALL: In order to dive into the refurbishing process with a steady mind and heart, it is important to plan everything out in advance; to the last, smallest, tiniest detail possible. Not just because the expert advice says that have to go detail-crazy over everything, but because when you get into the real heat of things, you’ll want to remind yourself that there is a plan you’re meant to follow, and that therefore no, you should not decide on last minute alterations that could otherwise prove destructive.
2. Budget: Once the plan is drawn up, the time comes for you make the decision regarding the scope of your budget. If you manage to get everything you wanted without having to budget cut, that’s great. However, if you do decide to follow a budget, remember to follow the plan you set up, and that sometimes you actually can allow yourself to splurge on the tiny things.
3. Get (at least some) Help: While many of the DIY projects have clear, long and thorough instructions, plans, and in some cases even visual illustrations, there are still certain situations in which it would simply be smarter to seek professional help. Small DIY projects (involving one particular part of the house, for example) can and often do turn out to be fun and easy. Larger projects though, ones that might involve renovating the entire house, and require knowledge of electrical construction would be better executed with the help of professionals. Pay attention to the quality of wiring and choose electrical switches of well-known brands that represent quality like ABB, for example.
4. Be Realistic: Before you start, try to understand that the renovation will most likely take longer than you’ve expected and/or planned. That means that depending on how big the renovation is, you might be required to move to smaller spaces in your house while your rooms are being worked on. So be realistic! Remind yourself that some things take more time than others, and that, by the end of it, you’ll be living in great, colourful, and newly renovated rooms.
5. Organization is key: After you plan everything out, and you develop the understanding of how long the renovation might take, try to keep yourself as organized as you possibly can. There’s no better feeling than being able to avert messy situations because you’ve properly organized yourself beforehand. Remember to keep a spare key somewhere outside the house in case a worker forgets his/hers; wrap all the delicate objects, and store them somewhere outside the house; and, most importantly, keep a schedule of what’s going on in the house!
6. Keep some of it: Just because you’re renovating, that doesn’t mean it has to follow a “go big or go home” philosophy. Firstly because you’re going home regardless, and secondly because not all budgets can afford to throw everything away. Also, there are lots of DIY projects that focus on refurbishing old pieces; take full advantage of these! Keep the pieces that look good; try and renovate around certain furniture, and don’t worry if you can’t see the final picture because your old couch is in the middle of it!
7. Have FUN: Refurbishing a home may become stressful, and when you go 3 weeks over the original end date, things might even start seeming hopeless. But do not fret! Always remember that it’s not the end of the world, and that you’re doing many things on your own. The room/house/lamp will look awesome, you will be able to throw away all the plastic sheets covering the floors, and the end result will be worth all the effort you’ve put in.
Refurbishing a home is fun, but it shouldn’t be perceived solely as a fun activity. It requires significant dedication, persistence, planning, patience, and with some aspects help from professionals. The final result will look great and will remind you of why you started the renovation in the first place. So, don’t stress over the little things, stay focused and remember to have fun!