Home renovation requires a lot of time and effort (and, of course, money); however, there are many ways to make it an easy and simple process. Yes, you can really enjoy home renovation if you have a proper plan, not just in mind, but ready in your hand. To make sure that your home renovation goes smoothly, it is important to follow a step-by-step guide.
Or else, you can go on hiring a home renovation expert who handles everything for you while you move to another place. Well, that certainly means a lot more budget. By taking charge of yourself, you can save on huge costs.
Our 13-steps guide will help you know what to start with and where to end. Read on!
Step 1. Plan Your Renovation.
Every renovation expert will suggest you to plan your renovation first. The two most important aspects of planning include:
Setting a timeline makes sure that the work is not delayed, and you do not end up wasting cost on extra days or unnecessary work. Similarly, budgeting helps you figure out how much do you have to spend on the renovation. Also, you must fix the budget for different areas right at the start. It ensures you do not spend all your money on paint and flooring misses out!
Also, planning helps you differentiate parts of your home that need complete renovation from the ones that need partial renovation or can go well with DIY repairs.
Step 2. Look into Repairs and Fixes.
When you are done planning, look into all the things that need repair and fixes. It can be the lock of your main door, showerhead in your bathroom, some light fixtures, and so on…
Ensure you fix all the water issues, salinity problems weakened walls and carrying beams right at the start of the renovation. If you ignore these, your entire renovation can go to waste in the end.
The most important repair that old houses need is securing the foundation. For that, there have to be some foundation repairs done, such as joists, pillars, and beams.
Step 3. Start Demolition.
Demolition includes removing and disposing of all the parts of your home that must be rebuilt or replaced. It is important to demolish completely so that you do not run into problems later on.
While you are demolishing, rent a waste container. This makes sure there is no waste here and there for you to clean up later on. Be careful with demolition on areas that are going to be renovated from scratch.
You need to exercise extra caution when demolishing lead-based paints and surfaces.
Step 4. Structuring and Construction.
As you get done with demolition, it is time for structuring and construction. This step is significantly crucial when you are going to make a structural addition—for instance, going for a loft conversion, constructing a new room, etc.
When any construction is taking place upstairs, you will have to add beams downstairs to support the added weight. Installing new doors or removing old ones, adding window frames, and enlarging windows also come under structuring and construction.
When you plan, make a list of all the new structures that you want to add.
Step 5. Ductwork, Electrical, and Plumbing.
Now comes ductwork, electrical, and plumbing work. If your house did not have HVAC, this is the best time to install central heating and air conditioning system. It will cost really less. All you need to do is find a reliable HVAC company.
Newly added structures will definitely require some electrical and plumbing work. Hire a plumber and electrician for a professional inspection and fixtures for the whole house, interior, and exterior.
Step 6. Install, Replace, or Paint Windows.
Now is the right time to do so if you have enlarged the window space or want to replace your windows. When demolition is done, and new walls are constructed, you are halfway done through your home renovation process.
Before you step forward, make sure you are done with the installation, replacement, or painting your windows.
Step 7. Install Insulation.
By step 7, you are done with all the major renovation work. Now that your walls are ready to install insulation in walls as well as the ceiling. Also, do not forget to insulate your attic. Installing insulation is a quick process. It takes a day or two only. So, get your drywall company ready, meanwhile.
Step 8. Go for Framing and Drywall.
Framing and drywall mean closing up your walls. It included hanging, mudding, and sanding your walls, especially the ones newly built. It is a good time to get another inspection from the electrician to finish any work left off.
Now, drywall workers are ready to hang drywall sheets and apply the compound. As they are done, let your walls rest so that the compound dries off. At times, walls need a double coat to achieve the finest, seamless surface.
Step 9. Get Done with Carpentry.
Now comes the job of a carpenter. Hire an expert carpenter so that you are good to go with your desired woodwork. It includes simple additions such as molding and trimming door and window panels.
Also, you might want to get a new bookcase, a wooden cabinet, an entryway piece or a wooden cupboard, etc.
Step 10. Paint and Wallpaper the Interior and Exterior.
Install wallpapers and paint the walls. While this is a must for interior, you should also go for an exterior painting to achieve a great finish. Also, it enhances the exterior of your home and adds to its value.
Step 11. Install Flooring.
Install your desired flooring. You can go for the trending laminate floors or traditional hardwood floors. The best option, however, remains tiling. If there’s one thing you need to be most considerate about, it’s the flooring. Choose the best material that you can afford!
Flooring should be the last thing to do in interior renovation. This protects your flooring from any kind of damage during the renovation process.
Step 12. Handle Exterior Work.
As you finalize interior renovation, move to the exterior work. This includes all the outdoor additions such as swimming pools, outdoor kitchen, patios, etc. Get done with the repairs and installations as soon as possible.
Step 13. Have Another Look, and You’re Done!
Now that your interior and exterior renovation is completed look for anything you left for the last minute. Fix it, repair it or install it and you are all done!
Home renovation is definitely a tiring process. However, if you plan it well and follow-through, it does not exhaust you. Think of your home renovation as a fun thing to do. Meanwhile, make sure everything is up-to-the-mark.
Coming up with any major issue by the end of the renovation process can result in higher costs. It is important to maintain a checklist and ensure that everything gets done at the right time!