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Beginner's Guide: 6 Essential Tips for Starting Your Renovation Journey

Updated: Nov 10, 2023

Navigating the Crazy World of Renovations with a Pro's Perspective – Here are 6 Practical Tips for Your Dream Makeover!

Kitchen design
One of our past projects was successfully completed on time during Covid.

Renovations can be a rollercoaster of emotions, from the excitement of transforming your space to the frustration of unexpected setbacks. Having embarked on a renovation journey myself earlier this year, I've gained a new perspective that I'd love to share with you. Here are 6 tips that I think you should have before starting your own renovation to keep your sanity:

1. Take Your Time to Plan (And Then Some!)

In our post-COVID world, where the term "unpredictable" has taken on a whole new meaning, it's crucial to allocate extra time for your renovation project. Material shortages and delivery delays are now part of the game. To avoid last-minute compromises on your design choices and construction mishaps, start planning well in advance. This extra time also allows us to dive into the details, ensuring a flawless end result. So, be patient, and let your dream renovation unfold at its own pace.

2. Trust Your Gut, Not Just Your Friends

While a friend's referral for a contractor might seem like a golden ticket, remember that we all have different tastes and expectations. What worked for your bestie may not be the perfect fit for you. We've put together a handy guide to help you navigate the contractor selection process. It's all about finding the right match for your personality and your project. So, trust your instincts, and pick a contractor who clicks with your style.

3. Prepare for the Unpredictable Silence

There will be days when your home feels like a ghost town, with no tradespeople in sight. Don't fret; this is all part of the renovation process. Coordinating busy trade schedules can be like herding cats. That's where your contractor's communication skills come into play. So, take a deep breath, have faith in your contractor, and remember that a momentary lull doesn't mean the project is stalled.

Renovation in progress
That time when only my cat Milo showed up on site!

4. Escape the Dust and Chaos If You Can

Living in a renovation war zone can be trying. The dust, the disrupted routines, and the agony of a bathroom or kitchen out of bounds for weeks—it can all pile up. If you can swing it, consider staying elsewhere while your home undergoes its transformation unless you have a separate suite. This doesn't mean you're abandoning the ship; it's just giving your trades the space they need to work their magic. Frequent check-ins are essential, but sometimes less presence can mean smoother sailing.

5. Don't Rush the "Move-In" Finish Line

As you eagerly anticipate moving back into your newly renovated home, remember that even when you do, there might still be a few loose ends to tie up. Don't panic or assume your contractor dropped the ball; small hiccups are par for the course. A reliable contractor will address any deficiencies, so be patient and allow them the opportunity to ensure everything is perfect. Your dream home deserves nothing less.

6. Have a Contingency for the Unexpected

Despite our meticulous planning, we can't predict everything. When walls come down, hidden problems may come to light. It's essential to have a financial contingency set aside to tackle these unforeseen challenges. This safety net ensures that unexpected issues don't derail your renovation or cause undue financial stress.

So, there you have it, my advice for a successful renovation journey.

Remember, the road to your dream home might have a few bumps, but with patience, trust, and a sense of humour, you'll arrive at your destination with a smile.

Happy renovating! 🏡✨



Jessica Savarese

Founder & CEO

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