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Tips for Home Renovations

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With life’s greatest challenges often come its greatest rewards.  Even though renovations can revitalize your home, they can also be stressful endeavours that cost not only time and money but sometimes even your sanity.  When it comes to a successful home renovation, the most important factor is careful planning.  Consider the following tips for home renovations to ensure your project goes off without a hitch.

Materials

Don’t skimp on materials.  Buying cheap materials will most often result in a poor quality renovation; so if you can’t afford quality, durable materials, consider saving a little longer until you have the budget to do the job right.  Ultimately, home owners find that investing in sound materials in the beginning will save money in the long run because the renovation is more durable.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

This expert advice refers to the idea that you don’t want to be lazy with your measurements, and this is true whether you’re cutting building materials or sizing a room for furniture or appliances.  One of the most common mistakes contractors come across is measurement mistakes, particularly in the kitchen.  You’ve picked out that perfect fridge, only to learn it won’t fit in your space.  So, make sure your measurements are accurate before you invest in furniture, appliances, or materials.  Even an inch can throw off a renovation.

Salvage through Planning

Before you start tearing apart a room to prepare for a renovation, make sure you have carefully planned your project.  Maybe you don’t need to remove that wall or perhaps you have some materials that you can utilize during your renovation.  Gong gung ho with demolition can actually cost you more time and more money, so plan ahead and see what you can and cannot work around.

Know Your Limits

If you’re a handy-person around the house and you’ve got a few tools kicking around, you can probably handle some minor renovations.  If you’re doing a major reboot in your kitchen or going for an addition or other such major project, make sure you’re honest with yourself about your abilities.  You not only want to be sure you have the right skills for the job, but you also need to make sure you have the right tools.  If you’ve got any doubts about this, hire an expert.

Design for your Space

There are so many design considerations that you should make when you’re doing a renovation.  For example, if you’re installing a small bathroom you want to pick the right fixtures – not only do you need to make sure they fit in the space, you also want to make efficient use of the space so the room is functional.  Consider every element from doors, drawers, and storage to how easily you can move around in the space.

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