2019 Home Improvement Resolutions
With the New Year upon us, the inevitable resolutions and plans for a fresh start begin to percolate. Looking at life through the lens of “what needs to change” your gaze will inevitably land upon your immediate surroundings. That room you've been meaning to paint, the bathroom suite that is looking tired or maybe new counter tops for the kitchen; suddenly before you know it you've made plans for an extension, two swimming pools and a wine cellar.
Making those home improvement resolutions can be a very cost-effective way to increase the value of your home and your enjoyment of it. As with any home renovations though, planning is the key. That is why we've put together a list of ten tips to help make your new year’s resolutions for your home more achievable.
Assess the Current State of your Home
It may sound obvious, but really taking the time to go through your home and make a list of everything that needs updating or fixing, is the best place to start. Identifying what is a necessity and what is a 'wish list' item will help you prioritise.
Work out how long you plan to live there
The amount of time you have left in your current home will dictate whether you are making the renovations primarily for yourself or to attract buyers.
Don't wait to get inspired
Start looking around for inspiration now, as leaving it until you are ready to start could lead to having to make compromises and a lack of confidence in your choices.
Nail down your budget
Naturally money is tight after the Christmas holidays, but that affords you the first couple of months of the year to really plan your home improvement resolutions and solidify your budget. This also helps to decouple the planning and budgeting stages, making each more manageable.
Ask for help
Make sure you shop around for experts in your area ahead of time, and find backup options as well, just in case.
Ensure that you have the correct permissions
It is vital that all work carried out on your home be of the correct standard, and signed off by qualified tradespeople. Not doing so can significantly hold up the sale of your property or worse. Hire a professional contractor to be absolutely certain.
Home improvements always come with the caveat that unforeseen delays are highly probable. Make sure you have room in your schedule and budget just in case.
As with all relationships, communication with your contractors and tradespeople is key. Once doubt creeps in about what you want from them, things can go downhill fast.
If you are planning on doing any work yourself, make sure you understand and undertake the necessary safety precautions. Personal injury is a sure-fire way to shut down your project indefinitely.
Although it is a serious business, it is important to remember to take joy in creating your new home.
For more help and advice on how to make your new year’s resolutions for your home, and to speak to one of our architects in Kent please contact us at Bluelime Home Design today, with offices in Bexley, Bromley, Erith, Dartford and Croydon.