Practical tips for 1st time homeowners

9 May 2019



Owning a house for the first time is an amazing experience. To have a space to call yours is one of your first achievements in the journey of adulthood. Of course, you’ll want your home to look in tiptop condition, so here are some tips to help you with that.

1. Have a plan & stick to it

The first thing you should focus on is planning. The adage “fail to prepare, prepare to fail” is apt here. Take the time to do your research and ask others for the perfect designers and contractors you wish to hire. Meet various design firms and compare offers, instead of simply grabbing the first one and rushing into it. Remember to stick to your original dream and not be overly influenced by attractive prices or glib designers. You don’t want to agree to everything your contractor proposes because sooner or later, you’ll end up regretting and it may be too late. Now, you should start this planning process the moment you get the layout of your house, and not when you get your keys. This will prevent you from making rash decisions while you’re rushing to get all the renovations done.

2. Compare

Another factor to note is that comparison is everything. In your comparison process, many firms may offer you all-inclusive packages with lucrative deals that just seem too appealing to pass up. But all that glitters is not gold. Overly attractive prices may equate to shoddy workmanship, materials of inferior quality and shortage of manpower. You can try a la carte renovations instead, which allow you more room for customization and attention from your designer and contractor. This may allow you to achieve higher quality fixtures and fittings for you house. Ultimately, the decision is up to you, so weight your pros and cons very very carefully before you decide which renovation package to choose.

Homeowners should also take time to go through their renovation contract very carefully. Please check, and make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the contract, to ensure that the money you are paying your contractor is put to good use. Request for your contractor to produce a comprehensive list of all the costs involved in the renovation works to prevent future confusion. Furthermore, do not pay your designer or contractor in full even when the loan is approved.

3. Cut Cost. Be Practical

A way to cut cost in your home renovations would be to consider the length of time you plan to live in your abode. You should also focus on the practical aspect of your interior design. Of course, we want you to live out your dreams, but do so realistically. Incorporating too many trends into your home may cause it to appear overly garish and costly. Furnishings to consider include your ceilings. False ceilings may seem attractive, but they cost more and decrease the size of living spaces. Fancy lighting also requires more effort in cleaning. Your flooring is an important aspect too, as certain material like marble and mosaic require hacking your floor to replace it with the ideal tiles. Walls that require hacking are A way to cut cost in your home renovations would be to consider the length of time you plan to live in your abode. You should also focus on the practical aspect of your interior design. Of course, we want you to live out your dreams, but do so realistically. Incorporating too many trends into your home may cause it to appear overly garish and costly. Furnishings to consider include your ceilings. False ceilings may seem attractive, but they cost more and decrease the size of living spaces. Fancy lighting also requires more effort in cleaning. Your flooring is an important aspect too, as certain material like marble and mosaic require hacking your floor to replace it with the ideal tiles. Walls that require hacking are

“Furnish an empty room with pieces you love, not lux looking ones”

Furniture wise be sure to get only the storage you need. Built in furniture is actually not recommended for a smaller house, as it limits the design layout, and the designs chosen often go out of date quickly. You kitchen appliances should also be chosen wisely, and not over equipped, as you don’t want to pay for white elephants. For your bathrooms, self shop to save cost, and ask your designer for recommendations on places you can go to, to cut some costs, and avoid buying ill-fitting pieces.

4. Watch out. For Hidden cost.

Renovation works also include hidden costs that you must be aware of. Electrical works can cost a bomb, so remember to only install the number of electrical points you require. A power strip will be helpful to save cost. Remember not to overdo your wall concealment for you electrical cables as the walls have to be hacked then plastered back, which will increase costs once again. A tip is to creatively conceal wires with well-placed furniture. Debris removal can cost quite a fair bit too. So remember to check with your area’s town council on the haulage fees. Ask for quotes from your contractor too. Lastly, if your renovation works are major and include flooring and painting, a chemical wash will be needed. Afterwards, ask your contractor to inspect water holes to ensure that they are clean to prevent chokages that will cost you more money to repair.

And there you have it! Be sure to remember all these tips for renovation, and enjoy the process!

by Ark-hitecture

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