The Starting Steps
Renovating your home is exciting and rewarding, whether you make modest changes in one or two rooms, or you transform the entire house into the dream of a lifetime.
Successful renovation is a team effort between you and the renovation professionals that you hire. For best results, you will want to involve the professionals up front, but before you call for estimates, you need to do some homework. Decide in advance what you want and how much you intend to spend. Then you will be able to give the renovators the information they need in order to provide you with the best possible advice and the most accurate estimates of cost.
Decide What You Want
– What is the main purpose of your renovation?
(For instance, do you want to add extra space, upgrade the kitchen, improve the security of your home,
make adaptations for health reasons, or
generally improve your living areas?)
– What are your options?
(For instance, do you need an addition or can you redesign existing floor space to create more room?)
– What is unique about your home (room/space) that you would like to keep?
– What do you definitely want to change?
– Get input from all members of your household. What are their needs and wants?
– Consider both the short-term and long-term implications of your decisions are your needs
likely to change in the future?
Collect Ideas and Information
– Establish a renovation file for clippings, photos, brochures, etc. (Pinterest is fantastic for this!)
– Study magazines and books to get an idea of the “look” that you want. (check out HGTV)
– Visit home shows, talk with renovators and manufacturers’ sales representatives, examine products and materials, note prices and collect more ideas.
– Visit manufacturers’ and suppliers’ showrooms (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms).
– Talk to relatives, friends and co-workers who have renovated.
What have they learned? / What would they recommend?
– Contact government agencies and industry associations for information on home renovation.
Determine How Much You Want To Spend
At this early point in the process, you will not know how much your renovations will cost, but you need to have some idea of what you can and want to spend.
Homeowners often finance renovations through a combination of savings, short-term loans and mortgages, taking advantage of the existing equity in their home. Talk with several financial institutions to figure out your options. Consider the following:
– the amount of your savings
– the costs associated with the renovation, including new furniture, fixtures and appliances
– the amount you can, or are willing to, borrow
– the total amount you are prepared to spend
Do it right the first time, and call us!
Dahlia Home Renovations | Portland, Oregon | 503-875-0481