Home Renovation. Saturday , September 29th , 2018 - 15:43:22 PM
Still, you probably want some advance advice about how to budget for your renovation. It is important to consider two main factors that will affect the price tag on your project - soft costs and hard costs. Soft costs include design and budget development, permit fees, and professional fees (i.e. the cost for architecture and interior design). Hard costs are related to the construction phase of your project and will include the cost of labour and materials. In the typical renovation, soft costs account for about 30% of your budget, while hard costs make up the remaining 70%.
The next is to confirm your suspicions. It may be that you don't need to do this if the problem is obvious - for example, if every time it rains you have a bath because the bath fills up from a leak in the ceiling, (a high-high issue in most people's books), a call to a roofer sooner rather than later would be in order. On the other hand, there might be issues which you are unsure of such as visible cracks in the brickwork possibly due to a sinking foundation. This would rate in the medium-high category where the likelihood is unknown but has some supporting evidence (the cracks), and the consequence is financially significant (the house falling down). In a case such as this, or whatever your case might be where you are unsure of the cause of an effect, it's time to consult with others. You may consider talking with family or friends who may have had similar issues, but this tends to leave more doubt as people's natural reaction is to guess and err on the negative side. It is much better to talk to an expert in the field you are concerned with - if it's the roof, talk to a roofer; the brickwork, talk to a stonemason; an electrical issue, an electrician. Go about the process as if you were intending to get have the work done (you may well have to) - get three quotes and therefore three separate opinions, and ask lots of questions. It may turn out that the cracks in the brickwork are merely superficial and become a high-low case, that is, the cracks are definitely there, but will cause no further problems. The low significance cases, regardless of the likelihood, are generally aesthetic and can be resolved at any future time you wish. As for low likelihood cases, they should, in general, not make it to your list.
In making small home improvements, you can start on a small scale that fits your budget. Since you only bought your new home a couple of years ago, its structure and overall maintenance are still good so a materials checklist is vital in preparations. So you may want to focus on the interior design of your home. There are many design ideas to choose from and it is advisable to pick one that fits you and your family's lifestyle. One important thing you can center your design ideas on is in making your new home a healthy home. How do you do that? Here is a materials checklist for furniture and furnishings that you can use as you start your home renovations:
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