When it comes to making big changes to your home, it can be both exciting and stressful. Creating a plan, anticipating challenges, reacting to obstacles, and staying on budget – it’s a lot. Not to mention living in a home that is under renovation, can create some tension and unease. We’ve compiled 5 quick tips to help you envision your renovation project running smoothly, and we promise to hold your hands the whole way through.
1. Get as much information as you can upfront
It’s incredibly important to have a basic understanding of what you’re looking to spend on the renovation process, from hiring experts to ordering supplies. Doing your own research on pricing, inventory availability, design inspiration, and getting quotes can all be really time-consuming and overwhelming. If you’re someone who enjoys the research part of the process, then we salute you! If you need a helping hand, that’s where Domilya comes in to offer you perspective and framework. The intention is to give you a realistic framework and work with your plans and budget. Getting as much information upfront about the costs of services and products, understanding timelines and the scope of the work, will allow you to properly plan and organize your busy lifestyle.
2. Do the messy jobs first
It’s so important for your contractor and team to understand the scope of the project before getting started. If there are structural changes you want to make, let’s start there and work our way up! If you want to knock out walls or make changes to big parts of your home, we want to make sure you won’t be surrounded by debris and construction material while finishing up aesthetic touches on another part of your home. Let’s make a big structural mess first and then clean it up before we get to the finishing touches.
3. Start with the Bathroom
If your renovation plans include multiple areas of your home, tackling the bathroom is a great way to start. There are some parts of your home that can be temporarily out of commission or creatively combined, but know that your bathroom is a sanctuary that can’t be freestyle. Making sure you have a shower and clean open space to freshen up will give you peace of mind throughout the rest of the renovation journey. Be ready with a plan and be prepared to decide quickly to execute your dream bathroom first.
4. Make a list of Must-haves
It’s good to know your must-haves versus the items you’re willing to compromise on. If you’ve always wanted specific lighting in the bathroom, heated floors, or a free-standing bathtub, then you know that no matter what, these take priority. Maybe they take priority over the really expensive kitchen backsplash you hoped for, and you’re willing to compromise on a similar aesthetic, but at a lesser cost, or another style that will be shipped faster. Having a list to reference that you and your loved ones have agreed on ahead of time will keep the project moving smoothly, and your designer and contractor will always know what to prioritize.
5. Remember that Change is inevitable
There will be changes, whether they are exciting new problem-solving endeavors that save money or obstacles that delay the project or increase the budget. This happens in the renovating process, but that is why having the right team on your side matters so much. Surprises happen, and having an expert team who cannot only foresee certain challenges but can react quickly and as inexpensively as possible is a true stress-saver. If you know anything about us at Domilya, you know we love communication and we prioritize our client relationships above all else. So no no matter what changes come our way, we are ready to solve them, communicate to you during the whole process and ease your workload by making sure plans move forward. Change is inevitable, but it’s about how you react to the change that counts.