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5 Steps to a Successful Home Makeover

Be guided by these tips whether you’re planning a full-blown project or a simple room redo


Upon seeing the signs that your home needs a makeover, what’s the next step? Do you go to the nearest hardware store to buy materials? Or do you immediately call a professional to seek advice?

To ensure a successful home makeover, proper planning is of the essence. We asked makeover experts – interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino and design consultant Grace Moslares for a list of initial steps that one must consider before proceeding.

Keep these tips in mind:

Assess whether you really need a home makeover.

 “Before taking the plunge and spending time, effort, and money – evaluate whether or not you really need to have one. Identify the problems that you're facing with the space and evaluate the solutions needed,” Hannah shares.

Proper assessment is crucial as this can help you save money. What if you only need a minor paint job or a simple reupholstering of furniture to give your space a new look? Don’t do anything drastic just because you want your space to look brand new. Consult with a professional and take it from there.

Prioritize by identifying your needs and wants.

Once you’ve finalized that your home needs a makeover, prioritize which areas need to be done first. To be able to identify these areas, take into consideration your needs and wants.

If you’re torn between the kitchen and the living area – make a list of why each area needs a new look. After listing down all of the reasons, assess and decide which area needs to be accomplished first. If plumbing in the kitchen is so bad and you can’t work efficiently anymore, then it might be a good decision to work on the kitchen first. 

Set a budget.

Any undertaking requires a set budget to help you prioritize and choose materials wisely. Work closely with a professional to avoid mistakes which can lead to more expenses.

It pays to have a makeover schedule as well so you can specify deadlines and keep costs low. List down all items bought and keep the receipts so you can review all of the expenses once the project is completed.

Do sourcing and research.

Make the makeover process easier by having a look and feel in mind. What do you want for your space? Is there a specific vibe that you want to achieve? These are just some of the questions that you need to answer. Visit stores and take note of the prices of pieces that you want for your space.

Aside from considering décor and furniture, it’s best to source for building materials as well so you’ll have an idea of how each costs. This will help you come up with estimates so you can set your budget.

You may also browse through websites and magazines to look for style and design pegs. Prepare a sketch or collage of what you want to achieve.

Photo by Vincent Coscolluela.

Measure, measure, measure.

Hannah notes the importance of accuracy when it comes to measurements. “Don’t buy anything without being certain that it will fit your given space,” she explains.

Click here for more tips about furniture and appliance shopping.

Ready for your own home makeover? Click here for a list of design professionals that you can work with.

Join the 2015 Ultimate Makeover contest and get a chance to win a free home makeover from the Real Living team in partnership with Handyman, Boysen, JamesHardie, and Robinsons Department Store. Click here for the complete mechanics.

 Got questions about your home? Get in touch with interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino at 0917-897-1363 and design consultant Grace Moslares at 0927-715-1393.

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