Renovating a house is an adventure. It is easy to picture the desired outcome of your project but it does involve navigating variables such as timeline, budget, contractors and structural elements.
For some of us, it can be a tough, challenging (and fun!) process.
Sonicon Construction founder Tan Guan Han shares five tips on how to renovate your house effectively and beautifully.
Effective planning – This is the first step and arguably the most important. Start with painting a picture of what you want done, then assess and prioritize your renovation requirements.This way, you would be able to devise your end goal for each space, overall goal of your home and figure out a step-by-step plan for the renovation. It is also important to mentally prepare yourself and anticipate the ensuing chaos from a home renovation.
Prepare a budget and stick to it – After planning, work out the cost of your home renovation and make sure you factor in everything from structural work to contractor fees to finishing touches. It is also important to be realistic about what you can afford to spend.
Hire the knowledgeable contractors for your project – The key takeaway here is that you have to feel comfortable and confident in the skills of everyone working on your house. If your project requires hacking and drilling of walls, it’s best you find a contractor equipped with a team of skilled personnel; bonus points if they have modern construction technology.
Don’t skimp on safety and quality – It is important to do the renovation right and not to rush into it. Do a risk assessment with your engineers that your renovation plans are safe, secure. Additionally, familiarizing with your contractor’s renovation process and tools are important as using the wrong renovation tools can jeopardise the project and cause more damage instead. You definitely do not want cracks emerging in other parts of your house or your neighbour’s during the project. When it comes to hardware and fixtures such as doors, kitchen cabinets and appliances, buying cheap materials is not the answer - bottom line is you get what you pay for. Invest a little and get something that’s going to stand the test of time.
Get consent – Don’t forget to get your renovation plans approved by your local council or management office and allocate time for approval in your planning. If you live in a condo or a strata-titled property, the process gets even more restrictive. Additionally, inform your neighbours about your renovation plans and schedule to manage their expectations of noise levels and debris. It pays to keep your neighbours sane and happy.
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