Buying a House to Do Up? 3 Tips to Help Kickstart Your Renovation

Friday August 02, 2019
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You’ve got yourself a DIY challenge on your hands. You need to make your house a home. It’s a little rough around the edges, but you can do this. Even if it requires a bit of help and some clever thinking.

It can sometimes be a bit daunting to figure out where to start and what needs to be tackled when. Below we have a few tips for you to get you on track to turn your fixer-upper into a comfortable living space.

1.      Game Plan

You may be the most organised human on the planet, but that doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from a game plan. Whether this means you plan individual tasks or rooms out before you get started, it’ll save you a headache down the line when you’re trying to remember what’s been and what needs to be done.

Your game plan can be as detailed as you need it to be. You can include materials, furniture, floor plans, budgets and pretty much anything that will keep you from getting lost along the way. Big projects require time and there is nothing worse than getting stuck and wasting it.

A plan means that there is an agreed-upon base strategy. However, this doesn’t mean it is set in stone. Be prepared for some push backs or alterations to the initial ideas that you have. Like with anything in life, the unexpected can happen.

The game plan can adapt but it means that you know that you want this furniture in this room and that it needs painting. You may need to change your paint choice or realise that a piece of furniture will look better in a different spot. Even if this happens you won’t get flustered and you will always have something to refer back to.

2.      Contractors

Before all you DIY fanatics leave this post, we think that you need to hear this. You may be a master of your craft, but there are still some things in this world others are simply more qualified to do.

If you need you need to tackle something big you can always hire a contractor. There is no shame in asking for help. If you need to take a wall out, or redo the kitchen, or add an en suite, an individual trained to so is less likely to mess it up.

Be careful though. You don’t want to get duped out of your cash. A licensed contractor is far safer than an unlicensed one. If you are unsure of what to ask about, check out the requirements for licenses in your town or city. If you know what you are looking for then you can ask your hired individual to produce their paperwork before you give them any money. Always better to be safe than sorry.

3.      Borrow Ideas

There are hundreds and hundreds of articles online for ideas for decorating your home. Have a look around at what’s out there. You can borrow bits and pieces from everywhere to create your own style.

Everything from colour schemes to minute details like pillows and throws, you can find examples online or in magazines. Some places will even list the prices, cheaper alternatives and where the items are available.

It’s a good idea to start your research process before you start. This is so you don’t end up changing your mind and blowing your budget having to re-purchase items.

Build Your Dream Today

You can make turning your house into a home that much easier for yourself. Follow these tips, make a Pinterest board, keep a budget and make the process fun!