Your Renovation STARTER KIT
Is it your first renovation? Don't fret, here's a guide for starters
Your Renovation STARTER KIT
Make the most of your renovation project with The Interior Portal’s quick tips!
- Get Inspired By Colours & Styles
Every renovation begins of course, with a set of keys, the floor plan and some design inspirations. As you browse through photos of other homes, build up a collage of styles you like for your prospective designer to get creative with.
- Design For The Long Term
You should also consider how the needs of every family member may change as they get older, and get your designer to work around these requirements.
Then it’s time to go shopping for an interior designer. Be sure to get more than one quotation so that you have a sense of what things should cost, which helps you determine your budget.
- Confirm Budget, List of Deliverables & Costs In Black & White
Ensure all deliverables, and their price ranges, are clearly listed in the quotation and contract, with the maximum level of detail possible, such as tile dimensions, type and quantity of materials used, and costs per unit.
And when you have everything you want on the list, you can start paring items down until you have absolutely what you need covered within your budget.
- Spend A Week Going Over Quotations
Not everyone can absorb the ginormous amount of detail in a quotation, in just one sitting. Taking at least a week to go over everything is the wisest thing to do. This is also a good time to compare quotations with friends and family who have already completed their renovations.
- Ask For Available Options On Items Labeled “Standard”
The ID may have certain items labeled as “Standard”; but there is often a list of cheaper or better options that they can offer. Ask them for more details, and all available options!
- Create List Of DIY-able Items
You can often reduce the cost of your renovation by choosing to go your own way with certain items like lighting fixtures or switches. Shopping for these items and installing them on your own is every homeowner’s rite of passage!
Once You Put Your Deposit Down
- Double Check Heights And Lengths
When you have committed to an ID, it’s a good idea to confirm the heights of installed items like countertops and overhanging shelves before work commences. You might also want to reconsider the capacity of closets and number of powerpoints being quoted as you may not actually need the quantity described.
- Get Work Schedule In Black & White
Your ID or contractor should have all the project milestones indicated on the contract. This gives you a time frame for reference so that you can know when they are slipping behind.
- Ensure Regular Updates Once Renovation Begins
It’s not possible for every homeowner to be present throughout the renovation. This is where good service from your ID shines.
If you hired a CaseTrust-RCMA Accredited Renovation Businesses, then don’t worry! All accredited IDs are required to work in accordance with a set of good business practices that includes regular project updates and prompt replies to customer queries.
- Set A Realistic Schedule For Discovering Defects
Once the renovation is completed, you should be given a reasonable amount of time to discover defects. Gather your family members and friends round one weekend to walk over and inspect every inch: one pair of eyes is definitely not enough!
And should you have disagreements over what was promised and finally delivered, CaseTrust-RCMA accredited IDs have fair systems for resolving the dispute peaceably.
Make the most of your renovation and get an Honest Quote from a CaseTrust-RCMA accredited ID today!