Eight Tips for Easy Home Renovating in Texas
Decided to finally tackle those renovations on your house? If you’re like most, the word “renovation” can bring on an irrepressible shudder. It can really be a stressful thing if you haven’t done it before or don’t know quite what you’re up against. And hey, it might be even more stressful if you have done it and know exactly what to expect!
But while all renovations are sure to bring about a bit of stress, there are definitely some ways you can make it a more tolerable (and maybe even pleasant?) experience. Here are seven tips for an easier experience with home renovating.
Tip #1 - Start Small
Who said a renovation needs to be expensive and time-consuming? If you’re a first-timer, it’s a good idea to start small. You don’t necessarily need to knock down a wall to make some great changes. Why not paint a few walls and spruce up your rooms that way? Another great way to make some small changes that have big effects is to change your fixtures. By simply changing light plates or faucet handles, you can do a lot to upgrade the look of your home.
Tip #2 – Educate Yourself
As with pretty much anything, you are going to have an easier time renovating if you know what you’re doing. Makes sense, right? Educate yourself on the renovation you plan to do before you start. Those who jump into a project without doing the necessary homework first are bound to have problems. Ask experts for advice. You can even use YouTube for tutorials on how to do specific smaller projects.
Tip #3 - Plan and Prepare Every Detail First
This goes along with the idea of educating yourself, but now you are looking at your specific home and making the necessary preparations. You should have a plan of what you will do before you do it. It might be a good idea to write your plans down, step by step. Doing this will ensure that you have thought through your plan well and will help you avoid problems once you get started.
Tip #4 – Do It Right the First Time
Ever done something and then had to do it again because it just wasn’t good enough? Sometimes we try to do something the easy or cheap way, hoping it will pass as “good enough.” But when it comes to your house and renovations, it is so much easier to do it right the first time. Use the right tools and right materials. And certainly do a renovation you will be happy with for years to come. No need to do a renovation twice (once now and again in a few years.)
Tip #5 – Be Exact With Your Measurements
This may seem like an obvious statement, but you’d be surprised at how often it is “disobeyed.” Sometimes people overestimate their abilities or the difficulty of a project, and instead of being exact in their measurements, they simply estimate. Really, it is easier to simply take the time to get the exact measurements. Then you won’t get to the middle (or worse, the end) of a project and realize you need to backtrack.
Tip #6 – Check If You Need a Permit or Approval
Often, if you are changing big things in your home, you will need a permit or approval from a local council. These approvals sometimes take a while to process, so don’t procrastinate. Plan your renovations well in advance, so you can start them in a timely manner.
Tip #7 – Consider Consulting With a Professional First
Before you start any big renovations, you might want to consult with an architect or other structural engineer. Doing so can save you a lot of headache once you’ve gotten started. You’ll want to make sure your renovations won’t disrupt or threaten the structural safety of your home. You don’t want to go breaking down the wrong walls. Asking a professional is a much easier and safer way to go than trying to figure it out yourself.
Tip #8 – Implement Technology With the Renovation, Not After.
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