Getting Home Renovation Right

Renovation is part of interior décor and the maintenance of residential properties. However, the renovation process almost always has people in trouble, especially after making obvious mistakes or forgetting something.

Contractor

The most common mistake most people make is going for the cheapest experts. The lowest priced contractor does not necessarily mean the job will be done best. To choose the most efficient contractor, make a list of at least three professionals and have them give quotations. Cheap quotes might get the job done, but will use cheap material that will only leave the homeowner having to make adjustments sooner or later. Make sure the written quotation includes everything, including details of such aspects as flooring and hardware, and a waste removal plan. It should also be noted that the most expensive ones can sometimes disappoint. A lot of due diligence is necessary when choosing the right contractor.

Budget

Most people like to have a rough estimate in mind when they are conducting renovations. When starting the job, there is always an amount set aside to cover the project. However, one danger that many expose themselves to is that of running out of funds, especially when during the planning process, they low ball the budget. Surprises will almost always pop up and disrupt the work, forcing the homeowner to spend more. It is recommended that one set a side at least 15 percent of the required amount when budgeting. This number can even be higher when dealing with older homes. One of the most common sources of overdraft is the flooring. Always make sure to buy at least 20 percent extra flooring since they are prone to breakage and cuts during the installation process. Normally, there is no guarantee of finding an exact match is one has to make a second order after the first one breaks.

The unseen

Even an interior designer will agree that passing up on an opportunity to deal with unseen problems is a recipe for trouble. Just because it does not manifest openly does not mean it is any less of an issue. It is the unseen that sets the foundation for the house to look as good as one expects it to look when they move back in. The perfect example is a bathroom membrane system. This goes below the tiles and reduces the chances of them cracking or popping.

Kitchen

When it comes to the kitchen, simplicity sells, literally. Homeowners are advised to avoid going bold on the kitchen. The more loaded it is, the higher the chance that it will soon go out of style. This only reduces the resale value of the house. Do not be out in a situation where kitchen choices later become a liability, especially with regards to the balance between space and appliance concentration. Always make sure the kitchen allows for at least 36 inches between the island and other cabinets.

Isabella Rossellini is a celebrated interior décor expert with global experience. She has handled many commercial and residential projects in Matunga, Mumbai, and now runs an interior design company and blog.

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