A question I am asked by just about everyone that knows about our renovation, is “How do you survive renovating?”. I’ll be the first to admit, it has been much harder than I had anticipated, though the payoff for this is that we have a better understanding of how our clients feel when facing the same. Here are my tips to get you through.
My Top Tips on how to Survive a Renovation
1.Plan, plan, plan!
This is without a doubt the most important first step to a renovation, take as much time as you are able to plan your extension or renovation. Plan together, plan with friends and family, plan with your builder and architect, be ready for all eventualities. Avoid making changes mid build, this alone could cost you much more money. Be sure of what it is you want, can afford and need before you go ahead and sign a contract. Be ready!
2.Find a Builder You’re Comfortable With.
Renovating and extending is a lengthy and can be tiresome project, so you really want to find yourself a builder that you can not only trust, but that you are comfortable with. You need to be comfortable enough to be able to bring up any possible changes, or issues, someone you are able to trust with their word. You’ll need to be take comfort that they are able to deliver on you dreams. I cannot stress enough, how important it is to surround yourself with professionals you are comfortable with.
Once you’ve found your builder or renovating team, be sure that you are clear and frequent with your communication. Communication is the number one source of issues between builders and clients. Keeping a paper trail of any communication that takes place is essential. When communicating in person, document this discussion and have your builder sign off on what has been discussed. Use email wherever possible to ensure that you are always on a clear path towards your common goal of completing your renovation.
4.Be Timely With Your Selections.
It only takes a bit of time to ensure that the selections for your project are in on time, in fact our clients are given a list of the times the selections are due, right at the beginning of the job, to ensure plenty of time to get these selections in on time. Use those first few weeks, while you are feeling excited about your project, to make your selections and get them to your builder as quickly as possible. The earlier the selections are in, the less chance of lengthy delays or problems which only add to your stress.
5.Plan for a Mid-Renovation Getaway.
If you are able to financially stretch a little, our suggestion is always to plan for a mid-renovation getaway. It doesn’t need to be anywhere to extravagant, just somewhere out of the house, with no dust or mayhem to take a rest and refresh. You’ll find you return to your project with a newly enthused approach, ready to tackle the back end of your job.
6.Take Time to Reflect on How Far You Have Come.
It is so easy to get caught up in only looking at how far you have to go with the end of your job, this clouds the project and has the potential to sour the end of your job. Renovations and extensions are long, can be stressful and tedious, but when looking at how far you have come instead of how far there is left to go, the result is a more positive outlook on your dreams coming true.
7.Have a Contingency Plan.
With renovations and extensions, it is nearly impossible to plan for every issue that may crop up. There is often no way of knowing what is behind the walls to be taken down, or under the slab to be relayed. On our most recent job, it was found that the old pipes all had cracks in them, and would need to be replaced. Fortunately the owners had a contingency plan in place, however it is very often that such issues are not thought of. Save yourself a LOT of stress, and have a plan for if something goes wrong.
Renovating and extending can be an enjoyable experience, with some careful thought, strong planning and taking these suggestions into consideration, hopefully you can enjoy your experience too.
Have you ever renovated? Is there an area in your home you would like to change or add on to?
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