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If you find yourself looking around your house with a dissatisfied eye, and feel it’s time to redo the interiors, experts would ask: are you sure, and are you ready? Depending on the space involved, home renovation projects are more time-consuming than most people think, whether you’re focused on only one area like a bathroom or the kitchen, or the entire ground floor of your house.
Planning should be a full concentrated effort involving you, the occupant, and any contractors, inspectors, etc., who will be working at getting you to your desired objective. Do ask for referrals from people you know who have had some renovation work done in their own units, and be frank with the professionals you work with about what you want and what you can afford. In turn, you can rely on these people for their honest opinion on whether or not what you are aiming for is doable. Be stringent in identifying contractors and suppliers you may have to take on as it is with them that you’ll find the best use of your time, money and space using materials that would last for years to come.
Things to look out for in the process of planning and execution would be accurate measurements, ensuring the right tools are available/used, the design elements including paintwork, lighting, flooring, windows, fixtures and ceiling, as well as items that people easily miss out in the process like the plumbing and electrical systems which may need a look-see as well.
One thing you might forget in the course of a major home remodelling scheme is including the cost of a temporary move into your budget. But if you are still able to use part of your home for daily living, then make sure the renovation project area or construction zone is closed off especially to children by using painters’ tarps or polyethylene sheeting. This way, noise from the renovation work is filtered off, and dust won’t penetrate the living areas so easily.
Finally, don’t forget to get the necessary permits from the building owner (if you own a unit in a building), the cooperation of your neighbors, and official permission from relevant government authorities.
• Planning should be a full concentrated effort involving you and contractor/s
• Be on the lookout for accurate measurements, the right tools, design, etc.
• Include cost of a temporary move into your budget if it is a major project
Source: Lovely Claire CD, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer