With the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer, many home owners will be turning their attention to a potential renovation project over the next few months. However, as anyone who has ever renovated a home will tell you, one of the biggest challenges in completing any kind of successful home improvement is making sure that everyone who lives in the home actually survives the process with their sanity and their relationship intact!
What will your renovation involve?
Not surprisingly, some types of renovation are easier to live with than others. For example, if your plans simply involve repainting a couple of rooms, revamping your outdoor entertaining areas or replacing one bathroom, the chances are that a little bit of planning should enable you to achieve this goal without disrupting your normal daily life too much.
On the other side of the equation, if your plans include a completely new kitchen, replacing your one and only bathroom, adding a second storey extension or giving the house a complete facelift, many people find it impossible to live in the house while this process takes place.
Always have a plan
A key ingredient in any successful renovation is to plan for the entire process. This could include discussing how long you can live on take-away food or maybe even being frank with your better half about whether the concept of moving in with the in-laws is going to be more stressful than living with several millimetres of dust coating everything in the house…including you!
No rose-coloured glasses
There are no benefits in taking an overly optimistic view when planning a renovation. After all, the last thing you want is to discover that you have to build an even bigger extension…because your partner won’t let you back in the bedroom!
Of course, if you are thinking about doing any work at all to your property in order to prepare it for sale, it’s worth having a chat to one of the team at Ian Reid Vendor Advocates before you head to Bunnings.
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