Below are some tips to make your house renovation run smoothly:-
1 Budget - make sure you do your budgeting homework. Talk to a friend who has been through a similar renovation, do as much window shopping and cost-comparisons that you can do. Budget an extra 20% for those inevitable issues that will spring up.
2 Find the right contractor – get a good referral such as Renozone or recommendations from friends who have done a recent renovation or check through the internet for a reliable one.
3 Be realistic - be realistic about what you can accomplish based on your budget, resources and your existing home. Most of us are tempted to live beyond our means, just to have that gorgeous gourmet kitchen or marble bathroom. (it is because current interest rates are low and loans are easily accessible)
4 Do your research - talk to friends who have renovated as well as other industry experts. Plus, you need to make sure that you bring your thoughts and research to the table. Clip photos out of magazines of rooms that you love. Scour shops and the Internet for the latest and greatest. Have a general idea of how you want the space to look and feel
5 Get advice - now that you've talked to the experts, gotten referrals and drawn up your plans, have one more chat with friends or family who have gone through the renovation experience. Try to be as thorough as possible - you'll thank yourself later
6 Renovate for the future - trends are for accessorizing, not for renovating. A rule of thumb for renovating is that doing a high-quality job in a classic style is renovating for the future. It can stay classic much longer.
7 Check in every day - you need to do a site visit every day. Unless you have an incredibly trustworthy person to oversee your renovation, you really don't want to go on holiday or avoid the site. You need to be there ALL THE TIME. Mistakes will happen, and you need to make sure you're there to react to them. The longer that mistake goes unseen, the more expensive it will be to change it.
8 Have fun! - At the end of the day, there's nothing more rewarding than watching a space be transformed by good design decisions and great workmanship. Better still is the day when the work is done and you can enjoy the results in the peace and quiet of your new space created by Renozone.