What You Should Know Before Renovating Your Home

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Stéphane Vandenwyngaert

Are you trying to decide whether or not to renovate your home? While it can be fun, not everything is like you see on home improvement television shows! There’s plenty of planning to be done, and you need to think of things that may never have crossed your mind. Make sure you think about these five things to know before renovating your home!

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Budget!

The essential part of the renovation is to set a budget before you start. Yes, that tile might be adorable for your bathroom, but at $3 a tile, you might be facing an empty wallet before you reach the kitchen. It’s important to know what you’re willing to spend on your renovation and keep that number in mind to avoid going over. Keeping a budget can help you avoid unnecessary debt, and make you more satisfied in the long run with your renovation.

Be Realistic About Your Dream House

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Marble flooring might be perfect for your home, but is it feasible? Be realistic and consider all options, including the budget ones. Your dream home might be out of your price range at this time, and you might find it’s more important to have a working stove rather than the Jacuzzi tub. Make compromises when you have to to have a functional home that you’re happy with.

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Measure Twice, Cut Once

Make lists! If you’re renovating the kitchen, don’t forget about the plumbing, or how much counter space you’ll need. If you think of something, add it to the list. That way once you’re ready to start the project, someone asking what you’re going to do about a pantry or the tiles installed behind the toilet won’t surprise you. Consider all possible options, and set aside a smaller budget for any surprises along the way. You want to be completely repaired to get your renovation done on time with an answer for every question thrown at you!

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Consider Long-Lasting Over Pretty

A black stone composite sink might be perfect for your kitchen look, but will it be useful for you in the long run? The composite might not react well to your hard water and can chip if you’ve got a habit of throwing pans in the sink when done and still hot. Look at the more functional options, rather than just the popular ones that will look the best in your home. Making the more stable decision now can save you money in the long run by keeping you from replacing too soon.

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Get All Materials Before Starting

Something most people don’t think about is to make sure you’ve got all the materials. If you’ve got the sink, but your faucet is on backorder, then wait until the faucet is delivered. Any delays can cost you in both labors for the contractor, and the extended loss of bathroom, kitchen, or living room. You don’t want to be without an important place in the house for longer than you have to, so don’t set up any reasons for delays!

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