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Out with the old and in with the new; there’s a new year on the horizon, and you’re going to start it off right. You’re finally going to tackle that room renovation you’ve been meaning to find the time for for months. You’ve got the time, the enthusiasm, and you’re ready to make a change.
There’s always a ‘however’ to consider, and this is even more true when you’re going to be making grand changes to a room in your home. Before you dive in and start buying new furniture and scraping paint from door frames, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself…
“Do I know exactly what I am trying to achieve?”
It’s true that home design inspiration is relatively simple to find, but have you truly thought about the entire finished look you are trying to put together? Inspiration is great, but you need to have a concrete plan to turn those ideas into a living reality.
You also need to think about the overall reason for wanting to renovate. Is it just to freshen up? Or do you need to re-purpose the room? Do you have to redecorate and add new furniture, or will a redecoration alone suffice? Write the answers to all of these down and refer to the list frequently, so you can be sure you’re not deviating from your true purpose.
“Have I got all the tools I need to accomplish this job?”
Nothing will slow a renovation down like having to pause to obtain extra tools, more paint, or buy a piece of furniture that the entire room depends on. If you want your renovation to go smoothly, then ensure you have at least placed orders for all the equipment, decor, and decorative pieces that you’re going to require to complete the job.
“Am I taking safety precautions?”
One of the major mistakes people can make during a home renovation is to forget the safety aspects. Home renovations might seem easy and manageable by yourself, but to be done correctly, you have to ensure you have the right safety gear. That means safety goggles or glasses, gloves, and face masks if you’re going to be working with dust or fumes.
It may seem tempting to skip this step, but your body will thank you if you go the extra mile and ensure you have the correct safety gear in place.
“How long is this going to take?”
As a general rule, your expected timescale for a renovation is the time you think it will take, plus half again. So if you think you can have the job fully complete in a month, it’s realistically going to take six weeks.
Allow yourself a little leeway when it comes to the timescale. You’re not a professional, which is fine, but this does mean that you may complete the work slower than you are expecting to. If you give yourself more time than you think you’ll need, you have a contingency built in, which you’ll appreciate if you find that you need it.
If you can confidently answer the questions above, it’s all systems go for your home renovation!