Home renovations can be a stressful time for anyone - your home becomes a building site and lengthy works can leave you feeling as though there is no end in sight. Many of our customers are usually in the process of undertaking home renovations when they look to invest in shutters and whilst these should be the final flourish on completed works, we understand that we are just one piece of a very large puzzle.
Whether you are in the early stages of your renovations and assessing your budget or seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of works, here are some tips to get you through:
Focus on your priorities
It’s easy to get carried away when undertaking renovations as each set of works or purchase prompts your inspiration further to what can be done next. A great way to keep yourself grounded is to set your priorities early and keep focused on them. Remember that not everything needs to be done at once and so whilst you’ll be excited for your dream interiors to be finished, some things can wait. Get the basics out of the way first; walls, floors, windows and their dressings. Don’t let that pretty £500 lamp sway your attention or budget on these key elements which will be the longest lasting and core of your interiors so are certainly worth investing a little more for better quality.
Organisation of time and budget
There are some things that are out of your control with renovations such as unforeseen delays to works, however, as best you can, keeping organised on timings and budgets will help things tick along smoothly. You will likely have set your budget early in the process so just make sure you carefully stick to this as the renovations take place. As many trades only require part payments for a deposit and remaining balances later down the line, logging your works into a spreadsheet is a great way to ensure that you do not fall over-budget as you can detail what will be paid overall on each section of the works to keep you within reasonable figures. If you think you might struggle with the organisation or simply don’t have the time to oversee restoration works then an option is to work with an interior designer who will make arrangements for your dream interiors based on your budget and who will also be the point of contact to liaise with various parties and take away the back and forth.
Keep everyone in the loop
As changes happen at each stage of your renovations/ refurbishments, this can have an effect on other planned works so to prevent or reduce complications as much as possible make sure anyone linked to each step is kept well informed should any changes occur. For example, if your plasterer delays your painter then you may need to push back your shutter installation to ensure that all decoration is finished before this final touch is added. Last minute notification of changes can be problematic and delay things further causing you unnecessary stress which could be prevented with clear communication so keep on to this and you will find things will run a lot more smoothly.