Whether you are redecorating your home because your home has not been touched in the last 20+ years, or you are upgrading and redecorating simply to keep up with the neighbors, there are lots of factors to consider before undertaking any kind of work. Researching what to do, and then planning out when you will undertake your renovations to ensure that they happen as smoothly and swiftly as possible is important, but, what else should you be doing to get ready for the muck, mess, and chaos that will follow?
1. Consider What’s On Trend and In Style
Maybe you’re upgrading, renovating, or, even doing both, but do you know what style you are going for? Are you wanting to go down the on-trend and in-style route? Or, are you looking to go completely personal and unique to you, in each and every room that you redecorate?
Establishing what you are wanting to achieve, and then setting about achieving the right look and feel is important. So, do not rush this stage of the process, and instead think about what you want to achieve. You will be investing both time and cash into any upgrade, so, getting it right first time is important.
2. Think Functionally
When you are looking at upgrading, you also need to think about focusing on functionality, too. For example, how many times have you had power outages in a storm, or, been in the blistering heat and wished you had installed generators for your home to ensure that all your air conditioners work when they are needed?
Or, how often have you felt that your home is not connected enough to the new way of life you lead? When you upgrade and renovate, it’s nice to have everything looking good, but if it is not functional, or fit for purpose, then you have to ask yourself what the purpose for the overhaul actually is.
3. Put Together Design Boards
Getting your thoughts and ideas together and actually creating functional yet stylish rooms can be harder than it first looks. So, it is essential that you start to put together design boards or mood boards as soon as you can, simply so that you can see what a room will look like when it is finished.
Putting together boards in advance saves both times and hassle down the line, and also gives you the opportunity to make changes and rectify anything that you may not be entirely happy with.
4. Consider the Cost and How Long it Will Take
Before you tear away existing fixtures, fittings, and soft-furnishings, you have to establish how much you want to spend on your upgrades and renovations. To establish a budget, it is wise to seek several quotes and estimates as early on as you can, and then from here, you will be able to get a rough estimate of what the whole process will end up costing you. In terms of timescale, you need to think about months instead of weeks. Redecorating your home can be done in days (or weeks), but you have to think about quality over quantity—especially if you are investing heavily.