The route to a successful property renovation

Reading a map to get from one place to another is not a difficult task, but getting exact directions from Google can be a better option, with exact mileages and estimated travel times too. With property renovation projects, size, scope and objective can vary greatly, but the following directions will help you on your way.
Know your project
Once you’ve decided on which areas to upgrade, it’s important to establish exactly what you want done. The most successful projects begin with a detailed plan, prioritise the elements your renovation MUST have, against those you’d like to have, budget permitting. The greater clarity you can provide to your contractor, the more likely they will achieve your desired outcome.
Know your contractor
The road to any renovation project is often a bumpy one. Having a contractor you can communicate with and trust is essential. Always approach more than one contractor, no contractor is a perfect fit for every homeowner, and there will be differences in both service and price. Evaluate all, and choose the company you feel most comfortable with.
Plan ahead
Any renovation project you embark on is going to take time to achieve, it won’t happen overnight. But, if you allow enough time to plan properly before you begin the work, it will give you and your contractor the opportunity to finalise designs and purchase materials. A rushed project is often an expensive one. Allow plenty of time to plan, work through the details, identify and solve potential problems.
Avoiding detours
Never start a DIY project you’re not confident you can finish. Renovating your own property can be appealing, but the list of homeowners that call in a pro to fix their ‘handiwork’ goes on for miles. DIY projects are great, but it’s important to fully understand what the job entails.
Make sure you have a definite budget, otherwise it’s easy to overspend. Communicate effectively with your contractor, tell them your budget from day one and there’s a much better chance you and your contractor will bring the project in on budget.
Whilst the above suggestions will make your journey less stressful, remember most renovation projects will encounter one form of obstacle or another, due to bad weather, availability of materials, or other factors. However, if you are prepared for the road ahead you are less likely to feel discouraged by the pit stops along the way.
By Brett Hawkins
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Brett Hawkins is the managing director of GMT 24:7, a local expert in all areas of general building and property maintenance, with offices in Lagos and Almancil. | www.gmt247.eu