Happy New Year! What resolutions have you made this new years? To get fit? Quit smoking? Start saving more money? This year, why not make a resolution to finally start that renovation to your home that you have been putting off. January is a great time to start renovations- the social calendar is light, January sales are on, the weather is good and some of us are on Christmas holidays for the first week of January.
Here are a few handy tips to help you get started with that long awaited renovation;
1. Start small
Break it down into manageable projects and take it one project or room at a time. Try to make realistic goals and commit to them. Start with the structural/safety issues as top priority to get done and work from there.
2. Decide on a budget and know your limit
Having a clear budget in mind can eliminate overspending or money running out halfway through a project. Allocate your budget according to priority of getting done.
3. Do your research
Before deciding on anything do your research into current trends, council regulations etc. Use home improvement magazines or websites/blogs/Pinterest/Houzz to get inspiration. Visit showrooms and ask industry experts for their advice. Get help from your family/friends. This will help you decide on what styles you like.
4. Start from the outside and work in
Start by renovating the outside of the house and as you get more money you can then start on the inside. The facade of your house is a person's first impression so make it a good one.
5. Allow airflow and natural light
Find ways of adding more light and air into the house. Consider investing in some quality shutters to block out the sunlight when required and to control the temperature of the house. Installing plantation shutters can totally transform a room without a massive blow to the budget. For more information go to our Shutters page.
6. Add an extension/balcony
Adding an extension, deck or balcony to your house makes a huge difference and makes it feel like a new home, without the costs and hassle of relocating. An extension also adds value to your home. Second storey additions are currently a very popular option for adding space and value to the home. Always check with your council before making structural alterations to your house.
Get rid of old unwanted items that are sitting around the house/garage and never used, have a garage sale or sell them on Gumtree. This extra money can then be put towards your renovation.
8. DIY on the small jobs only
Save some money by doing the smaller jobs yourself, but leave the complicated jobs to the professionals. Undertaking a complicated job yourself is a lot of work and substandard work can actually decrease the value of your home.
9. It's the little things that count
Simple things like a fresh coat of paint or new light fittings can make a huge difference and won't blow the budget.
10. Add value to your home
Whether or not you are thinking about selling, think of your home as an investment and continuously aim to add value to it. The kitchen and bathroom are the two most important rooms that add value to your home. Landscaping is another great way of adding value- maybe add a pool or deck/alfresco.
We hope you found these tips useful for when you are doing your renovations. To view our range of balustrade products go to our Products page. For advice on your balustrade needs or a comprehensive quote please call our sales team on 08 9302 1947, visit our showroom or fill in our quote form on the right of this article.
The ABS Team would like to wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year 2015.