Home renovations not only improve the quality and the look of your home, they also increase the value of your home. Depending on what you are planning to do, renovating your home may cost you from a few hundred dollars up to thousands of dollars.
Before you back out from this project or delay it for as long as possible, there are ways that you can improve both the interiors and exteriors of your home without spending thousands of dollars in one fell swoop.
1. Determine areas that you want and need to work on. First on your list is to check for areas that need attention. This could include faulty plumbing, weakened foundation, roof repair or replacement and health hazards like mold build-up and faulty electrical wirings.
Next is to determine whether you want to add a new wing, convert an empty open space into a room, build a deck, or landscape your yard.
2. Draw-up a Plan. After you have determined all the areas that you want to work on, the next step is to come-up with a plan for each specific area. This will serve as your blueprint on how you want your new design to look, among other things.
3. Contractors, architects and laborers. If your renovation is going to be a major one, you will need the help of a professional contractor. Your general contractor will be on top of the project from start to finish.
He can help you secure the right building permits, manage all the laborers, suppliers and subcontractors. He will also see to it that you are right on schedule.
Your architect can help you with the design particularly for the addition of a new wing, conversion of your empty space into a room and other such major design changes.
4. Do-It-Yourself. To save up on labor costs, you can check for specific areas that you can work on. You can help with painting jobs, changing fixtures and other such things that you are adept with.
5. Work on areas one at a time. If you don’t have the budget for all areas that you want to renovate or improve, you may want to work on specific areas one at a time.
If you are going to attack your renovating project this way, it is important to first work on areas that need your immediate attention such as faulty plumbing and electrical wirings, roof that needs repair or replacement or other areas that may be too risky to delay working on.