5 Golden Rules of Renovating

The dream of buying a rundown house and renovating it into a delightful home is a common one, but there are some things that all would-be renovators need to be aware of. The finishing touches to a renovation project, such as fittings and carpets, can often be the deciding factor between success and failure, so it pays to get good advice from reputable, flooring experts like Stainmaster and other professionals in the home furnishings business. The following five golden rules should also be considered when undertaking renovations.

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Avoid Living in Your Project

It’s one thing to be immersed in a job, but the reality of living in the house that you’re renovating can be quite different to how your romantic imagination pictures it. It’s highly advisable to reside elsewhere while you’re undertaking renovations at a property as the stresses of living among debris, wet paint and broken fixtures over a prolonged period of time can take a serious toll on your mental and physical health. If there’s a partner involved, it may well damage strong relationships too so, where possible, keep your living arrangements separate from your DIY project. If this isn’t possible, try to designate a space or spaces of the house that are strictly renovation-free zones where you can relax without being reminded of all the hard work you still have to do.

Know Your Limitations

It’s perfectly fine to admit that your renovation skills may be lacking; not everyone is a skilled tradesperson. For example, it’s wiser (and safer) to get a professional electrician in to rewire your home rather than trying to do it yourself. There are certain jobs that you should not try to do unless you are qualified and electrical work is one of them.

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Have a Go

Though, as the previous rule stated, you need to know your limits, there are still plenty of less dangerous jobs that a home renovator can have a go at without worrying about injury. Strip walls, throw plaster up, and stain doors… Just have a go, safe in the knowledge that if something goes wrong, you can always replace fixtures or call in the professionals to fix up your handiwork. One of the beautiful things about renovating is that it allows you to potentially discover hidden talents, but you’ll never know until you try so bust out that paintbrush and give it a crack.

Have a Plan

You could just meander from one project to the next, but work will progress a lot faster if you sit down and draft a plan of attack for the numerous stages of your home’s renovations. Don’t even think about furnishings before considering the paint scheme, and don’t even consider the paint scheme until you’re done plastering the walls. There are numerous apps and websites that can help you plan your renovation, so before diving in unprepared, take some time to plan.

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Fixtures and Furnishings

Even before starting the renovations, keep a scrapbook handy and fill it with cut outs from magazines to keep track of your ideas for things like carpets, wallpapers, and furniture. You may also prefer to use Pinterest to keep all your possibilities in one place. Go wild and get funky with your ideas… After all, it’s your house, and there’s nothing wrong with dreaming big (even if the crazier ideas don’t get the green light in the end).

Are you a renovating veteran? What are your golden renovating rules? Post your tips and hints below.

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From time to time we publish original guest articles. The above article was written by Victoria Harrison.

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