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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Dos and Don’ts of Home Renovation

Dos and Don’ts of Home Renovation

1.Do – Get to know your home contractor

Understand your home contractor company more; their background, past projects and user review. This will give you an idea of what to expect from them before engaging your contractor.

2.Do – Measure everything

Take accurate measurement of area for renovation. Floor plan works great as well. This information can make you and your contractor work easier.

3.Do – Be realistic on budget and time line

Keep an open mind that everything will cost more and takes longer time for completion on what you have budgeted.

4.Do – Be organized

You may end up feeling insane dealing with different home contractors; from general works to cabinetry and painting. Keep yourself organized to ensure a smooth process.

5.Do – Take photos

Take photos of before, during and after completion for job tracking. You will find these photos useful should you go into dispute with your home contractor. It also helps to remember the good and bad times and serve as a reference for future.

6.Do – Renovate floor first

If your renovation involves the floor, renovate the floor first. You can’t install cabinets or paint the wall with the floor job incomplete.

7.Do – Hack and conceal everything

Perform all hacking and conceal jobs during renovation, leave no rooms for future. You do not want to perform any cement job after moving in. This includes:

i)Air conditioner concealed piping

ii)Concealed wiring for alarm system

iii)Additional wall sockets

iv)Room extension

v)Utility lines such as water piping and internet provider cable

8.Do – Mimic your purchase

If you are buying a large piece of furniture or home appliances such as couch or washing machine, create a template or mimic its size and lay on the area. This will give you a good idea how much space it consumes or whether it fits in the area.

9.Don’t – Forget to clean, clean and clean

After your renovation is completed, remember to perform a thorough cleaning. Everything must be clean from dust; wall, grills and windows.

10.Don’t – Paint first

Wall painting is the last task you should perform after everything is completed.

11.Don’t – Discard your receipts

Keep your receipts for future reference. You may need them for warranty claims.

12.Don’t – Use the wrong tool for a job

Always use the right tool for the right job. If you perform any simple DIY task such as painting, get the necessary and right tools. A simple job could turn into nightmare with the wrong tools.

13.Don’t – Go cheap

Don’t skimp on budget and go for cheapest material. Most cheap materials don’t last long and in the long run cost you more on maintenance and services.