No matter how comprehensive that project you have in mind is, you need to plan them thoroughly so that you can decrease the chances of something going wrong. I'm sure that we've all dealt with renovations that had gone wrong in our lifetime – there's just so many problems, both big and small, that can occur, and the biggest issue is that it takes a lot of time to complete these tasks and get on with your life. Therefore, you shouldn't get into any project without detailed planning and well–defined deadlines, because it can easily turn into a real nightmare. If you follow the next five stages through, I'm sure you'll be able to complete your project successfully!
Begin the project with a brainstorming session
Before you start remodeling, you should definitely explore all your options in some detail. By simply doing a bit of online research, you'll be able to upgrade your idea and take things to a completely new level. You'll be able to find fresh and modern designs that will make your space look better, and also pick up more than a few tricks on how to use the space that you have at your disposal more efficiently. When you're done with this kind of research, you should also talk with friends, family and neighbours who have had similar work done recently, so that you can get some good firsthand advice.
Question its functionality
You need to be absolutely sure that this is an investment you want to make. For example, if you plan on moving, even if it's something that won't happen for a couple of years, maybe you should reconsider your remodeling project. It would be a lot smarter to save your money and invest it in the new home when the time comes.
If you're completely positive, and you decide to go through with your plans, you should definitely look at the bigger picture. Here are a few basic questions that you should find answers to before beginning your project.
–Do I need more storage room?
–Will the new part of my home fit in with the rest of it?
–Will it be too crowded – is there enough room for me to entertain?
–Does this project fit my budget – will I suffer the consequences in moths to come?
–Do I have enough time to devote myself to this remodeling project?
–Am I completely satisfied with the current plans?
–Is there an aspect or a factor I left out by accident?
Consult a decorator
After you pick out a couple of solutions for your project, you should definitely consult a pro – find an experienced designer, so you don't end up with poor advice that can't be realized. Asking for a second opinion will help you gain a whole new perspective. Reevaluating your remodeling plan is a perfectly logical tactic – it's not like you're purchasing an easily replaceable item, you're changing a part of your home permanently.
Turn to an architect
In order to avoid unplanned costs because of a silly oversight, you should consult another proffesional – an architect. Not being familiar with construction can cause a major setback, especially if you plan on changing the room arrangement in your home, which obviously includes tearing a wall or two down. Having an architect over just to check out your place can save you a lot of trouble. Besides, I'm sure you'll be able to pick up a few practical solutions from an experienced pro.
Sleep on it
It's quite important to be confident about this decision. After you have consulted the two experts mentioned in the previous paragraphs, you should definitely go back to the previous round of questions and go through them once again. No matter what kind of pressure you're under, you need to find a way to put it aside, so it doesn't affect you. Take as much time as you need to question your decisions, so you don't have to deal with all the various dilemmas when the actual construction work begins – changing the course of your project will only prolong the time necessary for it to be completed, so it's a lot better to delay everything before you even start if you have any insecurities about the whole thing.
Choose your tradesmen carefully
The most difficult thing when it comes to remodeling is finding a reliable tradesman – you'll definitely want someone who's capable of realizing your idea, but who'll also do it in the previously agreed upon time frame. The third factor is pricing, obviously, because you'll need someone who'll fit your budget. One way to do it is asking around in order to find someone with good recommendations. However, you can go online and create a detailed job description, get your project estimated and find a tradesmen perfect for what you have in mind. It's often best to go with the second one, because you shouldn't underestimate the power of a bad online review – all tradesmen who depend on customer reviews will do their best not to disappoint you.
Monitor progress at all times
During the realization of your project, you should take a few days off so you can monitor its progress. You shouldn't simply give your trust to just anyone no matter how reliable they appear to be. Besides, people tend to act differently while they are under supervision. On the other hand, you shouldn't get in the way or ask too many questions – you'll just prolong the time that it takes to finish your project by meddling. If you have any dilemmas or questions, you should take notes and ask for answers before or after the working hours of your tradesmen. So, you basically need to have your presence felt, not merely to keep the workers on their best behaviour, but to spot any problems early on and to effectively deal with any changes that need to be made to your initial plan.
Don't hesitate from stating your (dis)satisfaction
Ending up with something you didn't want, and not saying anything about it just because you're too polite won't really get you anywhere. You'll have to repeat the whole project very soon and waste a lot of money unnecessarily. Besides, you'll have to live in the surroundings you don't like, which will only make you feel frustrated. If things go bad, the worst consequence will be you living in a home that you don't find comfortable, and that's not something you should allow.
If you do monitor the work while it's being done, you'll be able to notice when things don't go according to your plan and act on it. However, if that tradesmen you have hired acts irresponsibly and isn't capable of doing things like you two previously agreed, you shouldn't hesitate from terminating your contract and put a pause button to everything. Sure, this will obviously affect that deadline you had in mind, but that's definitely a better option than being stuck with a poorly remodeled home. If this happens, it's practically your obligation to leave a bad review, so this doesn't happen to anyone else. On the other hand, if the end of your project has a successful outcome, and you couldn't be more satisfied, don't forget to state your satisfaction and leave great recommendations on your tradesmen's website.
This is something you shouldn't rush into – take all the time necessary for you to find out exactly what work you want done, find the perfect people for that job, and follow the progress through carefully. Home remodeling isn't something that should be done too often – it can be pricy, and it won't maintain its value as an investment if you have to repeat it very soon. If you do follow these stages through, however, your project will have a successful outcome, and you won't have to deal with plans that can't really be accomplished or inexperienced tradesmen.