4 Tips To Help
First Time Renovators

Your home is like your baby – close to your heart – and you want it to look and be its best.

With that, there comes times when you may want to perform some renovations to enhance or elevate your home’s beauty or simply make sure everything is in tip-top condition.

Whether you’ve just bought a new home or you’ve been living in the same one for a while, your first renovations are a magical time. But they too can become hectic if not properly planned. So let’s get into 4 steps to help you successfully get through your very first renovation.

4 Tips To Help
First Time Renovators

By MegaB | July 13, 2018 | Hiring A Contractor |

Your home is like your baby – close to your heart – and you want it to look and be its best.

With that, there comes times when you may want to perform some renovations to enhance or elevate your home’s beauty or simply make sure everything is in tip-top condition.

Whether you’ve just bought a new home or you’ve been living in the same one for a while, your first renovations are a magical time. But they too can become hectic if not properly planned. So let’s get into 4 steps to help you successfully get through your very first renovation.

1. Set Your Priorities & Budget For Your Remodel

Understanding what your home needs VS. what you want is the first step.

Write down ALL the renovations you want to make to your home. Don’t be shy, start writing and let you pen guide you until you can’t think of anything else! Put all your wants and ideas “on the table”.

From this pre-compiled list break everything down into a “Need” or a “Want”. From here, the wants should be what you aim to get completed first as these are necessities for your home and quality of life. After completing your “Needs” you can then have free reign to tackle your “Wants” in any order as the most important tasks are completed.

How To Work Out A Budget

1. Well first you need to understand what your project calls for

2. You can start doing research online for the average price of the remodel you want to do. Then look at if your specific plan calls for any additional steps, work, or building than the average renovation and adjust your budget accordingly.
Alternatively, here at Mega Builders Inc you can know the exact price of your renovation for free – as we do give free price quotes on projects. Even if we’re not the ones you choose for the renovation we still offer free price quotes Just contact us.

2. Uncover Your Home’s Hidden Potential

A home’s beauty may be hiding in plain sight

What you think is an ugly home may just be a prince disguised as a beast.

What you may not know, many older homes (and some newer ones) have sought after design aesthetics just hiding behind layers of coating.

They might even be holding the exact design elements you were planning on adding to your home with the remodel in the first place. Now, what could have been a pricey remodel has just dropped in price by using what your home already has to offer and making renovations around those elements.

 

For instance, a brick wall or column may be hiding just behind a couple layers of paint and plaster! Or perhaps there may even be an all metal frame  in a wall that just needs to be uncovered and given a good shine; all adding to and playing with the metallic look you’re going after in your kitchen (for those who are going after this look of course).

Once these statement elements are uncovered you can plan the whole remodel around these specific aesthetics to really bring a unique look to your home.

So make sure you check all that your home has to offer and see if you can repurpose any current attributes in new ways. Instead of spending unnecessary funds, you can save a bit by just utilizing attributes already present within your new design scheme. Instead of knocking down a wall to add a brick wall – you may come to find out that one is already hiding in the space. Then, you’ve just saved a couple dollars by eliminating a portion of the remodeling or you can allocate those funds into other parts of your desired renovation (or even other rooms).

To find out if your home is hiding some gems, it wouldn’t hurt to do some prodding into the walls prior to demolishing (you can even ask the contractors you hired to find out what’s behind the walls for you before they begin their renovation work).

3. Make Room

 

More times than not, with a remodel on of your top 3 goals is making more room. So then why not take a closer look back at your final floor plans and make sure you’re revealing all the room possible?

Too often do we get caught up in adding “a little bit of this”, “a touch of that”, and “a sprinkle of this for decor”. We’re not saying your design scheme isn’t miraculous, but what we are saying is – if space was one of your time reasons for remodeling then do just that! create space don’t take away from it once the construction part is done.

Before finalizing your floor plans with your contractor you should take a closer look and visualize how your room will play out. You may find that some of your desired plans will actually cause more clutter than creating space. You might come to find that a couple extra feet was hiding under an added wall or decor element. Even if more space isn’t directly added, deleting some aspects creates more viewable space to the eyes which otherwise would have just been an eyesore. Less is always more! The less your eyes have in their view to focus on, the more room is perceived to be had.

4. Choose The Right Contractor

Choosing the right contractor is perhaps the biggest step in any remodeling process.

So many contractors want to work on THEIR time and not YOUR time. You need a contractor who enjoys making your dreams come to life.

Your contractor should not be the type to rush you off the phone but instead enjoy listening to your needs and wants from the project as a means to make sure they deliver everything you ask for.

These are the contractors who take in everything you say and will deliver nothing short of the best. If you do find a contractor who rushes you off the phone or is un-interested, then that is a give away that they are just in it for the money and see you as a means to make a dollar.

Choose the contractor who wants to see your dreams come true (which of course our motto here at Mega Builders Inc is make dreams a reality).

Make sure your don’t go with low-end contractors. A lot of contractors who sell a renovation dream at unbelievable prices are just that – unbelievable. Many who decide to go with the low-end contractors in disguise come to quickly find out that they received an unfinished / poor renovation that ultimately has to be redone by a professional. Which nearly doubles your overall spending on the renovation by the end. Trust us there are many stories online about nightmare renovations – we may even compile a few from around the web at a later date.

You’re home is like your child…. Would you put your child in the hands of any caretaker who would mistreat him/her?

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