Just like going on a holiday (as an adult) is all about organization and budget-forming, a home maintenance project is about managing your finances, hiring a team of helpers, figuring out how you want your new house to look, and ensuring the whole process doesn’t last 14 years.
Take out the organizational part from this equation, and you’ll find yourself bewildered four months into your remodel with a team of bedrunken builders, a third of your walls missing, a painted cat, and a house that looks as if it’s been thoroughly carpet-bombed.
If you’re a rookie, it can get tough.
Your budget estimates can prove to be wrong, to say the least.
Your supplier may fall off a cliff and so be late to get you your brand new eco-friendly paint.
And your team of builders can show you no respect. You may ‘get no respect at all!’ as Rodney Dangerfield would put it.
So, in this article, we’ll talk about how to survive and successfully complete a remodel of your merry house, without suffering some (or possibly all) of the aforementioned mishaps that tend to pester home renovation rookies.
Right then folks, here’s the deal.
6 Ways to Renovate Sustainably
1) Determine a Budget and Stick With It
Remodeling expenses belong to the category of tough-to-finance undertakings not so much because they cost too much, but because it can be tough to assess how much money you’re going to need.
This is why it’d be smart to figure out how much of your hard-earned money you’d be willing to spend on renovating your house.
Remember, spending more money does not necessarily mean a great-looking house. You can get your house a proper overhaul with a limited budget, if you know what you’re looking for.
2) Come up With a Viable To-Do List
Attempting a house remodel without any previous experience can be tough enough in and of itself.
Trying to pull it off without ever making a plan of action would, without a shadow of doubt, make the whole thing much tougher to bear.
In order to make your remodeling undertaking go as smoothly as a greased lightning, come up with a realistic and viable to-do list and then make sure you follow through with it all the way through! (Of course, you’ll not always be able to do this, but having a plan in place means you’ll always be able to come back to it.)
For example, you can start by writing down what parts of your house need to be protected first. Here you can include the electrical circuits around the house, the windows, the fire duct from ThorDuct, the chimney, and so on.
3) Hire a Team of Workers
Depending on the scale of your remodeling undertaking, you’re going to need a tough team of people that are ready to take on any dilapidated wallpaper or a rusty window pane that needs to get taken down.
A well-versed team that can help you out with the remodeling will make world of difference when it comes to the speediness and the efficiency of the project.
Not to mention that professional workers will have a much easier time figuring out what to do with your drywalls, electrical sockets, rusty antennae on your roof – you name it!
4) Oversee the Project and Be Present
A well-trained and efficient team of workers is somewhat of a double-edged sword.
The problem is, you, as an owner, can get tempted to leave it all to the workers and abandon the ‘grounds’ altogether for the remainder of the remodel.
This can not only slow down the project, but who knows what sort of valuable vase your workers can mistakenly smash or what hidden stash they can find when you’re not there to oversee the proceedings!
All in all, pulling of a successful remodeling project as a complete rookie will be a bit tricky, but it’s not impossible. Get the right sort of people behind you, determine a budget, schedule the activities and you should be A-ok!