Is it time to renovate, redecorate, or remodel your home? The way you feel about launching a remodeling project may range from excitement to dread. Perhaps you’re brimming with ideas and can’t wait to get started. Or maybe you’re feeling anxious about the costs, all the work, and the building mess. Or perhaps you’re somewhere in between. Either way, we’ve gathered a few tips that will help you plan your remodeling project. They help you get the best possible result while also enjoying the process.
Create a Mood Board and Share It With Your Family
If you’re a family or couple living together, chances are you all know what you’d like to achieve with your remodeling project. But sometimes, it’s hard to know if you’re all actually on the same page. Creating a mood board together is an excellent way of aligning your visions and planning your new home together. And not only will it help you plan. If you use a digital platform like Pinterest or Houzz, you will also come across tons of inspiration in the process. Why not post your own before and after-pics while you’re at it, to let others be inspired by your project!
Decide On a Color Scheme
What colors you choose for your walls will set the tone and atmosphere of your whole home. This step deserves some attention, so you avoid having to repaint because you decided on the shade too quickly. Bringing actual samples of the paint home and paint parts of the walls is usually the best way to decide on the right nuance.
Pick The Right Furniture
Take the time to do online research to find the right furniture for each room. You want to make the most out of your square meters, and that requires some thoughtful planning. One of the most important pieces of furniture is the sofa, where we spend a lot of time. Perhaps a modular sofa would suit your space?
Set a Budget–And Stick To It
When it comes to renovations and interior design, It’s so easy to get carried away. There are so many options, and the best way not to overspend is to create a budget in advance–and stick to it. This way, you will see if one item becomes more expensive than planned, and then you can compensate that on some other thing. Buying vintage can be a great way to keep costs down. And keep in mind that not everything has to be torn out and replaced, sometimes small improvements can make a great difference!
Don’t Forget Storage
One of the most common mistakes people make when remodeling their homes is underestimating the need for storage. Your home will always feel messy and disorganized with too little storage. Built-in storage helps create a calm, clean and orderly atmosphere. Perhaps there is a room you’re not using that could be converted into storage space. Under the stairs, on top of the fridge, or above the doors, you may find space you could make better use of.
Keep Your Pets In Mind Too
Does your family have pets? Don’t forget about them in the mess of remodeling. They need a safe space during the remodeling phase and a nice place to live once your makeover is done. Perhaps you’ll want to build them something nice too, while you’re at it?
Create Checklists and A Calendar
The more structured and organized you are, the better the outcome will be. Take some time and plan to avoid having to go back and forth to get supplies more than necessary. By creating a calendar for your project, you will make sure things get done in the right order.
Be Aware That Things Take Time
You should be aware that most remodelings take longer than initially planned. If you start the project with this in mind, you are less likely to feel frustrated when hiccups occur. Just relax, and eventually, once the work is finished, you’ll get to enjoy your new, beautiful home.
Always Keep One Room Mess-Free
A great way to keep spirits up all the way through a renovation project is to make sure there is always at least one room that is nice, tidy, and unaffected by the building mess. This way, you will always have a place to kick back and relax so that your everyday life will not have to be put on hold.
Know Your Limits and Hire Professional Help When Needed
DIY is lovely and being able to do things yourself is a wonderful feeling. Not to mention how much money it saves! But there are some occasions when it’s usually better to turn to professionals for plumbing or electricity. It may sting a little to pay for the help, but that cost is nothing compared to what it costs to attend to, for example, a water leakage. Also, keep in mind that most insurances only cover alterations made by certified professionals.
Kiley took a leap of faith when she quit her 9-5, got out her laptop, and became a freelance writer. Since then, she has found her passion in writing valuable as she shares travel and lifestyle articles with various blogs to help people all around the world.