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5 Important Things To Consider Before Renovating Your Family’s Home

Renovating a home is a fantastic way to bring it in line with the modern times. Even making a few basic renovations can dramatically improve a home’s look and functionality and make it appear shiny and new instead of old and outdated. There are also numerous renovations that can make your home more energy efficient and help you reduce your energy bills. Still, no matter what your reasons are for renovating, it is highly recommended that you consider all of the following factors before getting started. By doing so, you should help to ensure that you’re satisfied with the end result and also hopefully avoid any headaches or major problems along the way.

Your Budget

The very first thing you’ll want to consider when planning renovations is your budget since this will determine the extent of the work you can have done. Not properly taking your budget into account from the start is an easy way to increase your stress levels and could potentially see you forced to give up before the job is actually completed. Renovating is expensive, and it is essential that you are fully prepared for the costs long before you get started. Having a concrete budget in mind will allow you to better plan out your renovations. It should also help you to have more realistic expectations by ensuring that you know how much things should cost before you get started.

Your Goals

The choice to renovate is yours and yours alone, which means that you should have concrete goals in mind of what you hope to achieve before you begin planning. Whether you’re renovating to modernize your home, improve the functionality of your kitchen or simply increase the amount of available space, it is essential that you keep these goals in mind and use them to help guide you through the renovation process. Unfortunately, many people tend to have unrealistic goals and often believe that their budget will go much further than it actually will. Having realistic goals is one of the biggest keys to being satisfied with the end result. Therefore, it is always a good idea to speak with an expert during the planning process in order to understand whether what you hope to achieve is actually realistic.

Timing

Timing is incredibly important during a renovation. No matter what you do, there is simply no way to rush things or to do things out of order. Certain tasks will always have to be performed before you can move on to the next part of the job, which is why you’ll want to make sure that you know at least a bit about the renovation process in order to understand the impact of timing. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you do your research and potentially take a course like Rules of Renovation to learn more about renovation strategies. By doing so, you should be more prepared to understand exactly how things work and what needs to be done and when which should help ensure that the entire renovation process goes much more smoothly.

Energy Efficiency

Since you’re already planning on renovating your home, you should definitely consider any improvements that will help boost your home’s energy efficiency. Even making a few basic changes could potentially result in huge savings on your energy bills, so there’s really no reason not to focus on making a few energy-efficiency improvements during your renovation. Adding additional insulation, replacing or repairing your ductwork or sealing around your windows and doors can make a major difference. The fact that you’re already undertaking some major construction work means that you might as well consider making these changes along with it.

The Present and Future

One huge mistake that many people make when renovating is that they tend to fall too much for current design trends. Unfortunately, there is simply no way to know what the future will bring, and styles and fashions definitely change over time. Consider the type of furnishings and décor often found in 70s homes and you can immediately see that following current fashion and design trends isn’t always the best idea. Instead, you would be far better off going with something that’s truly classic, since the definition of classic essentially means it won’t go out of style. Otherwise, you might find yourself wanting to again make major changes in a few years once your chosen design goes out of style.

Home renovation is always a major decision and not something to be taken lightly. For this reason, it is imperative that you carefully consider your choices in advance instead of rushing into things unprepared. By taking the time to think about all of the above factors, you should be able to ensure that the renovations go more smoothly and also improve your chances of being satisfied with the end result.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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