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Published On: Fri, Oct 26th, 2018

4 Tips You Need to Know Before You Redesign Your Home

Redesigning a home can make a lot of first-time homeowners giddy with excitement. The thought of putting their touch to the first property they’ve bought can both be an exhilarating and stressful experience at the same time. Before you start considering hiring people to change the structure of your home, here are some pieces of advice on home building that you should keep in mind.

photo courtesy of Rove concepts

Double-check your budget

The budget is always the backbone of any reconstruction project. Spending less is better than paying more. Know the limits of what you can afford if you’ve just moved in. A great way to compute your budget is by keeping off the major redesign up until three months after moving in so that you have a general idea of how much you need and how much you spend on your living expenses on a monthly basis. Whatever’s left behind can be allotted to your reconstruction fund.

Focus on necessary changes

The false truth that people seem to focus on is that in renovating, it mustbe done from day X to day Y. The fact of the matter is, not everyone can finish their renovations, especially if they’ve just moved in.  The stress of dealing with their previous commitments to facing new responsibilities is too much to hold side by side with redesigning a house.

Don’t feel pressured to get things done as fast as you can. Pace yourself in dealing with the changes and focus on the essentials that you need to deal with such as the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. If you’re looking to remodel a study or convert a basement, those things can follow after you’ve settled down and made yourself comfortable

Dealing with furniture

Furniture is the heart of any home. Whether it is personalized or designer brand pieces, they show an integral part of what your home’s aesthetic will be. If you’ve just moved in, then you’re probably convinced that you should start putting your money into filling your rooms with cabinets and drawers and closets. Estimate just how many you’ll need and what will be placed inside them. Keeping a list of what you need in storage can give you a clear idea of what kind of furniture you should be shopping for.

Investing in buying interest-free furniture can keep you from paying too much in the long term and can keep you out of debt when managing your monthly expenses together with your mortgage payments.

Understanding your home’s spaces

Depending on the size of your home, you might have more restrictions compared to others. Low-ceilings might mean you shouldn’t buy that chandelier. Narrow walk spaces might make you think twice about purchasing that full shoe rack.

The main enemy of small homes is narrow walkways. You have to consider if your home can accommodate the changes you’ll be making. It’s better to take note of your home’s strengths, and weaknesses, before you make the change as not that many shops have a return policy that can accommodate you from shipping to item replacement.

Author: Graham Green

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