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5 Home Makeover Secrets to Improve Your Space After COVID

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As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread in many areas around the U.S. and the world, it’s understandable that some people are getting tired of taking coronavirus precautions.

COVID-19 fatigue not only involves the idea of constant social distancing, mask-wearing, and cleaning to ensure proper safety, but it also includes where you’ve been sheltering in place.

Are you bored with your home yet?

Updates to a home whether big or small refreshes a property, while personalizing the space. Not to mention, when done right, home improvements can provide a bigger return on your home’s investment. 

With people spending more time at home and looking for things to do, why not prepare for the unexpected and plan a DIY home renovation that fits your budget.

To help navigate through the home improvement process check out these five secrets to start a successful home makeover project:

The Plan

Make sure to consider all the possibilities that could happen in a particular room. Plan for how you’d like to use the space and what actually needs to happen in that particular space. Pay attention to the little details too —

  • Is there enough storage?
  • Can you easily access the light switch?
  • Where do you need outlets?
  • Should you add more natural light or ceiling fixtures?
  • What are the traffic patterns in that room?
  • Will our furniture fit in the space? 

Remember to choose items for a space that are functional and work in a room, rather than just because it’s pretty. If you decide to hire a contractor it’s important to communicate with them explaining everything you’d like to do, even if you think you can’t afford it –this way you can build on the improvements over time. 

The Budget

What you can and can’t afford is a valuable question to be answered before starting a project. Do your research and plan for unexpected costs. Rather than going the cheap route, trim your wish list back (or possibly do those improvements overtime) and opt for better quality items that will stand the test of time.

In order to calculate how much remodel you can afford, follow these four steps: estimate the cost, establish a spending limit, get quotes from contractors, and set your priorities.

Best Seasons For Remodeling Projects
Source: Fix.com Blog

Begin with the End in Mind

Keep your eyes on the end goals of the plan. Some home improvement projects may take more time than others so make sure you have a realistic timeline. Frustration and stress occur when homeowners aren’t alerted to delays or when the pro fails to indicate how much time they really need.  Changing materials, appliances, or design can actually lead to much longer lead times, additional labor expenses, and other costs. It’s best to think through all of your various wish list items before the project begins.

Dealing with a Home’s Quirks

What lies beneath the surface? No one really knows until the project is started, making it difficult to make an informed decision. These unforeseen issues should be planned for, both in the budget as well as in the timeline. Consider keeping some of the home’s older characters to create a warm and cozy remodel. Don’t stop short of what your home improvement project needs, you don’t want to look back and regret not dealing with the home’s quirks, especially when you the means and manpower to fix the issue.

Trust Your Home Improvement Team

Make sure to do your homework and research ahead of time and find a team that you can trust. If you have limited time to manage the project, get a project manager, or look for a contractor or home designer who has this skill. It’s important to keep everyone on the same page and the project moving forward. Respect their suggestions, while making sure they understand exactly what you want and the budget available. 

Have you done a remodel in your home? Share your story below. How did you make it run smoothly? Or keep your sanity if it was a disaster? I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Renovating,

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