5 Rules of Renovation Success

by Ines Piquet on May 2, 2013

If you are seriously thinking about renovating your home, then you might want to consider a few golden rules before you start.

Do not rush into it

If someone has just moved into a new house or apartment, it is only natural that they want to give it their personal touch, but before they do any work, it is vital for them to stop for a minute and ask themselves: Do those renovations genuinely need to be done? The first rule of renovation is get used to where you are living before altering anything. Who knows: you may begin to like it.

Why not DIY

Some renovation jobs look hard, but, if you break them into a number of smaller tasks, they become a lot easier. With the growth of the internet, it has never been easier to get expert advice on just about anything, and most of it is for free. Check out instructional videos on sites like YouTube, or check locally for free or cheap DIY classes and save yourself a lot of money.

Know your capabilities

The simple rule here is that if you do not have the proper tools, and do not have the money to hire or buy them, then it may be more economical to bring in a professional. Buying expensive equipment that may never be used again is just not worth it.

Keep an eye on your neighbors

This is good advice for people who are renovating their house to improve the resale value. The value of your house is affected by the other homes in the vicinity. To put it simply, you want your house to look better than those around it, so if all the houses on the street have dilapidated windows and doors, it might be worth focusing on renovating yours.

Do not personalize your home

Those people who have bought their house and plan to live in it until they die can just about do what they want in terms of personalizing their space. If, on the other hand, someone wants to move on in a couple of years, then keep all renovation with an eye on resale. Avoid any alterations that might put a potential buyer off.

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