Improving your home can be a challenge, especially when you do not have an idea where to start when it comes to home improvements. When you do find an area of your home you want to improve through renovations, the next hurdle is planning where to start. Since almost every successful completion of home renovations has been the result of planning, it is an important step to take to make a smooth process.
Successful completion of a project will not only result in your dream space, but it can also add value to your home. With guides available providing what you need to know before you renovate, the advice often mentioned is any home improvement can add value to your home, regardless of size.
For those about to embark on the journey, here are some basic tips to keep in mind when planning your home’s improvements.
Handle Time-Sensitive Projects First
Each home improvement is different and some are more urgent than others. With projects that will immediately save you money or will prevent tremendous damage from happening in the future, these should be placed at the top of the priority list.
Have A Place To Store Furniture And Other Items
When renovating bigger rooms of your home such as the kitchen or living room, it helps to have a place to store appliances and large pieces of furniture (dining table, chairs, sofa, coffee table). During renovations, you do not want these more valuable items being damaged in the process, so putting them in a spare room or the garage means they are out of the way of workers and contamination.
For those with limited space in their home and those without, opting for self-storage is another great option. Self-storage is a great way to keep items safe and secure, whilst allowing room in your home for renovation projects. With most storage facilities offering easy access to storage units, you can add, swap or remove any items as and when you need. Additionally, there are various options for self-storage so you are bound to find one that is both the perfect size and in your budget.
Decide What Can Be Done Yourself And What Needs A Professional
Although you might be relatively experienced in successfully completing DIY projects, there might be certain areas of home improvement that require professional help. For instance, fitting new windows and rewiring electrical appliances are best to be completed by a professional.
Before you decide to start a project, be honest with yourself. Question yourself on whether you are willing to put the effort in and if it will be worth the money you could potentially save.
Take the time to watch and read tutorials on how to complete a project, as well as price out how much materials cost. Most importantly, always remember just because you can doesn’t necessarily mean you should.
Add Value Wherever Possible
It can be difficult to know where to start when tackling home improvements. If you are struggling, consider prioritizing projects that will most likely increase the overall value of your home. Whilst there are a few ways to add value to your home, the most common are renovating the kitchen and updating or adding a new bathroom.
Another way to add value is by converting an unused space. Whilst an attic is often used as a place for storage, they do hold more potential. It can be converted into multi-purpose space like a spare room or home office. If you do decide to convert your unused space, ensure that it has been properly insulated and has finished walls.
You can also convert the unused space in your basement to another bathroom. With an extra bathroom, you don’t have to experience the frustration of rushing to answer nature’s call only to find somebody using the toilet. Consider using a space-saving sanicompact toilet, which is designed for easy installation and maintenance.