Home requires care and maintenance to keep it the same cozy place where you love relaxing and unwinding yourself. There are many reasons to opt for home improvement but the difficulty lies in commencing the home improvement project as there are many factors guiding the decision. The need for home improvement can be related to maintenance work, inconvenience of some kind, or just to make it a better place to live in. You may have your own reasons for home improvement but at the same time you may have your hindrances like lack of time, technology, or finance to get it done. We very well know the issues you face in making this happen and we have therefore made this excellent checklist to work as your step by step guide for starting the home improvement project.
1. What areas of your home require improvement?
See whether your entire home requires improvement or only few areas in your home call for quick maintenance. This is the first step to home improvement as it will provide you with the line of action. Even if your entire house calls for improvement, you can break the renovation work into phases as per the priority. This may seem difficult at first but then think about the limited budget you might be playing in and decide accordingly. Note down the areas that need improvement and the work estimate. List them in the descending order of priority, hence you know what you can take up in your budget.
2. Play in the fixed budget
When you are playing in the fixed budget, make sure that you plan your finances beforehand. In case of improvement, you can raise some money by selling off the existing furniture. Take into account all the saleable stuff and the amount you can raise from selling them. Form the final budget after adding the sum you can earn from selling off the existing stuff. This will make your decision easy.
3. Time Matters
Time surely matters! The time frame in which you want the improvement work do be done would also help in prioritizing your work. Some jobs are time consuming while some are time bound. For e.g. If the home improvement is targeted for some particular season then you need to get it done before that season arrives, hence it is time bound and needs to be done on priority. Also there are jobs that don’t take much of time and you can take those tasks on hand first so as to quickly get to the end of the list.
4. Decide the right way to go for it – DIY or external contractor
You may be the real DIY enthusiast but not all home improvement work can be done just by reading a book. Your professional toolkit will also not support certain job works as it calls for the professional hand. So, before deciding to take up the DIY route, know your limitations and if you are not sure about the execution then start the project in phases and if found difficult then allocate it to the professional at the later stage.
5. Source designing ideas
Now when priorities are set, you can start sourcing the design ideas. You can source some amazing ideas from internet as now a days most of the social networking sites are posted with various designing ideas. Check out the home improvement ideas on various home décor websites too as the pictures posted there would help a lot. Sort some good pics online and later discuss with your contractor for exact estimation. Stretch your budget a bit to accommodate your favorite design as it is difficult to get the home improvement work done again and again. Think of certain cuts elsewhere but don’t compromise on the design.
6. Tools and Tricks
If you are on the DIY way, procure the professional tools and browse through internet and books to learn the right tricks. Equip yourself with sufficient knowledge to begin, troubleshoot, and end the project. It will help you avoid major setbacks to the completion. There are special home improvement shops catering your tools and tricks needs under one roof.
Not going for DIY project? Find the good contractor to carry out the entire project. Good if you can find some family or friend recommended contractor as you would be sure of the quality in that case.
8. Get the plan on paper and money on hand
When budget is ready, apply for the quick finances. You can use up your savings and arrange for some quick finance by selling off some old furniture pieces. For those who are depending on loans, it is better to apply for it once the work starts as it will save you from unnecessary interest payment. Also make the blueprint ready with the activity log to track the entire project efficiently.
Each home improvement project must be handled professionally to get the outcome as planned. It consumes your time, money, and energy, hence ensure that you get the flawless results in your first try.
Author Bio: Carol is a lead content writer at Worldcraft Industries Furniture Store that offers an Indian Inspired furniture range featuring wooden furniture such as beds & seating and fabrics for curtains, pillow covers and cushions.