Are you inspired to do more with or get the most out of your home this New Year?
After all we are flipping over to a new decade….time to switch it up.
Or are you among the lucky few who already have it all figured out,
now sipping wine by the fire with feet up because your renovations are complete as you are bask in the glory of your domestic bliss?
If not, make sure that before you begin you follow these tips.
Decide how you wish to make change. What is it that
would make you feel the love again for your home?
Is it lack of light that a new/bigger windows would fix?
Now that the kids have moved
out would a huge newly renovated Master Suite be enough to put the spark back?
Or rather is it just a functionality problem with bedrooms or closets too small?
Perhaps a new family room with multiple seating/gathering areas
or a super cool outdoor kitchen with pizza oven and gas fire pit be just what the doctor ordered for your family.
If you can change it you may wish to just stay put and work on taking your home from drab to fab.
Determine the scope of your project and begin with the end
Whether you are embarking on redecorating a room or a full blown home renovation…
always begin with the end in mind. This means that you should have a sketch/layout/drawing of what the end result should look like.
You should actually know where your furniture/seating will be and which of your pieces you are keeping and which you are replacing before you begin.
Consider incorporating multi-use or flex space areas into your new design. The redesign can be as big or as little as your needs require and budget allows.
For instance consider incorporating a desk area with storage
somewhere in your home to sit and pay bills, store mail/cheque book, important
numbers and house records.
This space could be in a kitchen area, under a stairway or in a seldom used corner.
Once the scope is completed then you should determine the
order in which the renovations should occur.
WARNING – Best to avoid “The Shiny Red Wall Syndrome”.
SRWS occurs when well-intentioned self home renovators mistakenly commence a project by starting with paint and or new flooring…
always opting for INSTANT GRATIFICATION.
Unfortunately, most significant renovations start with very unglamorous tasks such as removing walls, replacing/installing pipes, vents and wiring.
Don’t put new flooring down only to have 50 trades people walk over it with equipment to finish your other renovations.
Start with the unglamorous stuff and don’t worry…it always looks worst before it gets better 😊
Lucky for you that the
availability of beautiful, diverse, quality home renovation choices in doors,
flooring, cabinetry, exterior finishings and plumbing fixtures
has never been more plentiful and easy to acquire.
We at RE/MAX wish you much inspiration this New Year!
Inspiration to improve, invest and love your home.
From our, newly renovated offices/home to yours!
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