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14 Things to Think About Before You Renovate


Created by gee on 18 march, 19

Home Design, home interior, home interior design malaysia, Home Renovation Malaysia, Interior Design, interior design company malaysia

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Know your choices

Move, renovate, or knockdown and rebuild? Before deciding to renovate, be sure you’re aware of the costs associated with all your options. 


Know your budget

Knowing how much you can spend is probably the most important decision when renovating. If you’re planning to move soon, you should be careful not to spend more than you can recoup from your sale price. And when deciding if you can afford it, try to retain a contingency fund... just in case.


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Know what you want

Really determine what your needs and wants are. Get inspired — look at lots of magazines and websites. Also keep a list of “Must have” and “Nice to have” features, your wish list items may be more achievable than you think! Visual references are so important to the process. In addition to drawings of the project from magazines and inspiring pictures from Pinterest will ensure that you are on the same page with your contractor.  A picture is worth a thousand words!


Style and decorate

Whether you’re renovating for profit or lifestyle, good styling and decorating can make all the difference. When furnishing your renovated space, spend more on a feature “look at me” item, such as an oversized mirror, eye-catching wallpaper or standout chair, and buy your other ‘supporting’ items at sales, auctions, flea markets and affordable home-wares shops such as Kmart and Target.



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Finding the right designer/ home professional

Most established and reputable designer/ home professional protect their reputations and will deliver a full value product. Speak to a designers/ home professional that specializes in renovations, because it’s a totally different field from new home construction. And remember, you’re looking for a designers/ home professional that will take care of absolutely everything, with care and expertise. A company that will take all the stress out of the process, so you can relax and enjoy the ride. Ideally they’ll also offer a fixed price contract as well as guaranteed start and finish dates.


Knowing what to look for in a designer/ home professional

Word of mouth is always best. Talk to friends and colleagues. Find out who they used and if they were happy with the results. After you’ve shortlisted a few designer/ home professional, ask them for references. Also ask the designers/ home professional to show you their work first-hand. If possible, get them to take you to some homes they’ve renovated. There are some online platform that you could get reputable and reliable designer/ home professional for example Atap, Dream Home Maker, Qanvast and etc.


Choose quality over quantity

Don’t skimp on items that you’ll have for a long time, such as the roof, doors and windows. Make sure you invest in quality, so they’ll serve you well in the long term. It’s also worth spending more on areas where you will spend most of your time, such as the kitchen and indoor/outdoor living areas.


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Stay or go during work?

It’s important you understand what’s happening, so you know what you’re paying for and what to expect next. Understanding the process is critical to your peace of mind.


Plan for living or investment

For own living, simple is you will know the design style you love the most and adopt into your home, however for investment purpose, you should calculate the renovation cost wisely before you engage to interior designer or contractor. You need to choose the design that possess high acceptability by tenant and the variety of renovation packages in market. A nice design able to boost your rental income.


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Think big picture

When designing your renovations, keep the entire site and your neighbourhood in mind, not just a particular room, or even just the limits of the current home. Try to picture what the entire home could be, and what you want it to be in 10 years. Also remember that a seamless renovation adds value, so keep it in character with your existing home, your street and your suburb.


Be aware of council regulations

Contact your local council to find out all you can about their regulations, particularly if you’re planning a DIY renovation. You may risk a hefty fine if your renovations don’t adhere. Of course, you still have to observe council regulations if you engage a designers/ home professional, and many extensions must be approved before work can start. But an experienced and professional designers/ home professional should liaise with your local council to ensure your home improvement meets all regulations. They should also obtain all relevant planning and building approvals.



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Talk to your neighbours

Legally, you are not required to notify your neighbours of your plans as your council will do this for you – however, you should still have a friendly chat over the fence. Your neighbours may have very valid concerns, and if you’re aware of them before you submit your plans or start work, they’re far less likely to delay construction.


Create A Realistic Schedule

There is a sequence of events in a construction project and many trades are involved. The designer is like an orchestra conductor, bringing all the players in a logical sequence to make things run as smoothly, efficiently, and economically as possible. Try to get a sense of how long your project will take, so that you can make arrangements to move out, eat out, or be present for critical decision-making along the way.



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Have fun! 

It's not all doom and gloom. At the end of the day, there's nothing more rewarding than watching a space be transformed by good design decisions and great workmanship. Better still is the day when the work is done and you can enjoy the results in the peace and quiet of your new space.



Content reference: Dale's Blog, DALE ALCOCK HOMES




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