Crucial Questions To Ask Yourself Before Renovating Your Family Home

Renovating your family home is a big job - we probably don’t need to tell you that. You mayhave a good idea of what you would like to do to your home in your head, but have you
really thought it through? Before you decide what you’re going to do to your family home, you should
make sure you've asked yourself the most crucial questions to ensure that this is the right step
for you to take.

Read on for 11 of the most crucial questions to ask yourself before renovating your
family home:

  1. What is Your Budget?
Knowing your budget is one of the most important parts of renovating a home, and yet
most people who set out to do it don’t have an exact figure - they may have a rough idea,
at best. Knowing exactly what your budget is will help you to figure out what you can afford
to do to your home, but you need to take into account unexpected issues, going over on the
finishing date, materials that need to be ordered, and more. You should be as generous with your
budget as possible and very smart when allocating it to certain projects.

2. How Much Disruption Can You Handle?
How much disruption can your family really handle right now? There is never a perfect time to
renovate, as it will always disrupt your home life in some way. However,
if the kids are doing their exams, or your partner is having issues at work,
it may not be the best time to renovate. You should minimize any other issues in your life
as much as possible before deciding to renovate, as it’ll only add to the stress.

3. How Long Is This Renovation Likely To Take?
Make sure you know how long your renovation is likely to take by asking the
company you're working with for an estimate. This will only be an estimate,
but a good company like will get it as close as
possible to the actual finishing date. At least this way, you can make plans and
ensure your renovation isn’t going to be coinciding with anything super important.
Make sure you don’t get sucked in by any cowboy builders who say they can
finish your renovation quickly only to up and disappear with half of your renovation
complete (and to a poor standard).

4. How Many Professionals Do You Need To Help You With The Renovation?
Make sure you know how many professionals you need to help you with the renovation.
In some cases, one company that takes care of entire renovations is enough. However,
in other instances, it could be a good idea to hire an architect, a builder, and even a project
manager to work together and get things done as efficiently as possible. It might seem like such an
expense, but it’ll be worth it when everything is done exactly as you wanted it and on time.

5. Is There Anybody You Can Speak To Who Can Give You Some Pointers?
Do you have a friend or a family member who has recently undergone similar renovations
who can give you some pointers? They may be able to recommend a professional, or help you to
avoid some of the pitfalls that many people who renovate succumb to these days.

6. Would It Be Better To Buy A New House?
Think about this carefully for a second. You may not want to move out of this house for
sentimental reasons, but if you’re more or less completely changing the house and spending
an arm or a leg, it might make more sense to move. Your memories won’t disappear just because
you moved house.

7. What Is The Weather Going To Be Like?
Knowing what the weather will be like when you renovate will give you a better idea
of the right time to do it. Doing your renovation in stormy conditions will not be the best idea,
and likely won’t even be possible, putting your renovation back more than you can predict.

8. Is There Somewhere Else You Can All Stay?
In some cases, it might be better if you can all stay somewhere else while the renovation takes place.
Could you stay at your parents home, or will you be able to budget for cheap accommodation?
It could be worth it so you don’t have to deal with not being able to cook dinner, or even sit down
together and watch TV!

9. Will You Still Be Able To Cook And Do Dishes?
Some renovations mean you won’t even be able to sit down together and eat dinner -
in some cases, you won't be able to cook or do the dishes, either.
Ordering take out every night isn’t great for your health, so you’ll want to consider this in
advance and come up with a plan to help.

10. Will You Still Be Able To Go To The Bathroom?
Going to the bathroom inside of the house and in private is a luxury that many of us
take for granted. Will you still be able to go to the bathroom while your renovation is taking place?
If not, you better get very friendly with a neighbor or plan to stay elsewhere!

11. Is Anything Prevented By The Homeowners Association Or Planning Commission?
This one is important, so we thought we’d save it till last. You need to be absolutely certain
that nothing is prevented by the homeowner’s association or the planning commision.
Make sure you have a list of what you want to do to your home and check it against what
they won't allow in your area or to your type of property. You don’t want to
go through a lot of trouble and spend a ton of money only to have to painstakingly reverse the process -
they will force you to do this if you haven’t got permission, make no mistake.

Ask yourself these questions and you should have a better idea of whether you should renovate.
Good luck!

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