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Thinking About Some Home Renovations? Consider These Top Renovation Tips!

by | Nov 15, 2018

If you live in your home long enough, you are probably going to want to do renovations to it at some point. Because a home renovation is such an intensive and costly undertaking, you want to make sure you do it right and avoid mistakes. Here are some renovation tips to consider before you have work done to your home.

Renovation Tip #1 – Make a Plan

One of the most important aspects of your renovation is having a plan ahead of time. Know exactly what it is that you want to do in your home, and relay that information to contractors that you get estimates from. Research is a highly important step, as there are plenty of things that surround building a home that isn’t commonly known. For example, many veterans don’t know that you can, according to Low VA Rates, still get a VA loan to buy property (so long as you are building a home you will live in on it). Once you hire a contractor, stick to that plan. Adding things after the fact adds costs, and it also increases the chances that your renovation will take longer or that mistakes will be made.

If you know that you want to make some design changes in your home and aren’t sure which direction you want to go, the interior designers at B&G Interior Design are here to help. Maybe you want more space in your kitchen or perhaps give your living room a makeover, but just don’t know where to start? We can help. Our consultants will talk through ideas with you and figure out what fits your lifestyle, taking into account your design budget and timeline. So if you don’t already have a plan, let us help you make one.

Renovation Tip #2 – Determining The Renovation Value

A home-renovation project should increase your enjoyment of your home, but it’s also important that it increases your home’s value. Very few projects will create as much value as what you spend, but you can easily recoup as much as 80 percent or more of your total renovation costs in increased value if you pick the right projects and do them the right way, according to Networx.

Some projects that add significant value include replacing doors, adding or replacing a deck and doing minor kitchen and bath remodels. Other “vanity” projects like swimming pools and the addition of a deck do not provide the best return on your remodeling investment.

These ‘vanity items may not add value, but remember this renovation is for you. Getting the right hot tub and other patio accessories can bring a great deal of peace and comfort to your renovation. It is all about having a plan of what you want to do.

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Renovation Tip #3 – Avoiding Renovation Mistakes

There are some common mistakes that people make when doing a home-renovation project. One of those is over-customizing. While you do want to be able to enjoy your home, putting too much of your personality into it can reduce its value. For example, a significant mistake you could make is even if you aren’t using a bedroom, you shouldn’t remove it to try to increase or improve a living room or other area. You never know if you might sell your home one day, and if you do, you want it to be as valuable as it can be. Another mistake is going too big with the project. For example, there rarely is a need to completely rearrange your kitchen or bathroom in a way that requires the costly moving of water, electric and gas lines.

Renovation Tip #4 – Do Some of the Work Yourself

Unless you are a contractor or serious handyman, you are probably going to want to hire someone to do your remodel for you. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do some of the work yourself to save money. Determine which projects you can do, and which ones you can’t. Since a big part of your renovation cost is labor, you can save some serious cash by doing tasks like demolition or cleanup yourself.

When it comes to determining an interior design plan, selecting paint colors, flooring, cabinets, and other interior design elements, that’s where B&G Interior Design can make your life easier. Our experienced design consultants stay up to date on the latest remodeling trends and can present you with the best products from our industry leading partners. Whether it’s furniture and paint, or lighting and wallpaper, we’ve got you covered.

A home-renovation project can increase your happiness and your home’s value, but only if you do it right. Making a plan, saving money where you can and avoiding costly mistakes will help make your project successful. If you need some guidance on your home renovation or remodeling process, see how our services can help! We offer consultation services if you’re just curious what can be done, and also will guide you through the remodeling and renovation process!

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At B&G Interior Design, our highly-trained interior designers will make your design experience one you’ll never forget. We pride ourselves by offering clients distinctly personal attention coupled with up-to-date knowledge of industry standards, products, and trades. Feel free to visit our showroom or contact us to discuss your interior design project!

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