Building & Renovating

4 Ways to Prepare for a Home Renovation

It pays to be 100 percent ready before a major makeover

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photo)

Deciding to renovate a space is a big leap. However, this isn't the only major decision that you will do throughout this process. You also need to take into consideration: budget, materials, labor, and professionals to work with.

Before we go down to the nitty-gritty, it is important to note that proper planning is always a must. If you're currently preparing for a home renovation, here's a list of things that you need to do. 

Have a structural checkup

Before starting with your renovation, ask a professional like an architect or engineer to assess the general condition of your house. By getting their expert advice and tip, you get to hear their recommendations on which areas to prioritize and if there are serious repairs that need to be done as soon as possible, to name a few.

Learn your home’s age

If you’re not the first homeowner of your space, it’s advisable to assess and know how old it is.  By checking its structure, you get to see if you need to replace some materials or not. 

Do your research

Since your house will undergo a big change, you must be ready with the costs and other factors like: which style to pursue and vibe to achieve. Review a list of professionals that you can work with, source and do estimates on the costs of materials, and work on a budget. You may even familiarize yourself with common terms so you can properly communicate your vision to your interior designer or architect.

Set a budget

To avoid excessive spending and shortage of funds, you may create an estimated amount. Keep in mind that it's important to have a contingency fund for unexpected extra costs. Always have a breakdown so you can track where money goes and set a budget ceiling. It’s best to focus your budget on labor and buying the materials needed for renovation. Assess the current market prices of commonly used construction materials like paint, wood planks, cement blocks, and so on," shares interior designer Ayet San Jose-Aniag.

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