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5 Things You Should Know Before Renovating Your Home: Tips from the Pros

Apr 1, 2023

Are you considering renovating your home? If so, it’s important to do your research and plan ahead. Renovating a home can be a daunting task, but if you follow the advice of professionals, it can be a smooth process.

Here are 5 things you should know before renovating your home:

1) Have an existing floor plan ready

The benefits of having an existing floor plan ready for your contractor are two-fold. First, it will give them a better idea about the size and shape of the space they’re working in which can avoid any misunderstandings or last minute changes after measurements have been taken from site visits.

Secondly, this saves time since we won’t need to go out measuring actual areas but instead rely on what’s already drawn up so as long there isn’t too much change needed then accurately plotting out layouts becomes easier than ever!

For landed property owners, it is important to check with the relevant authorities before starting any renovation work. Make sure you are aware of the regulations and restrictions in place to avoid any penalties.
Image: Example of a floor plan (Source: Inspired Homes)

Renovation works can be disruptive so it’s best to have a game plan in place. Know what you want and how you want your home to look like once the renovation is finished. This will help minimize the inconvenience caused by the work.

Image: Sample of a home renovation project (Source: Inspired Homes)

2) Visit the house with the contractor to see and verify the site condition

A visit to the site is advisable so that the contractor can see and verify the existing condition of the property. This is especially important for older houses as it allows us to estimate the amount of work required, and whether or not there are any hidden problems that need to be fixed.

We always recommend that our clients visit the site with their contractors. Site visits allow both parties to verify measurements and take pictures for reference during follow-up discussions, which is important because it ensures you’ll be working together on something YOU love! It’s also not a bad idea if potential renovations are discussed at this meeting.

A site visit is the best way for you and your contractor to get on board together. It will allow both parties an opportunity to see what needs to be done before signing any contracts or hiring someone outright without properly understanding their capabilities in person!
Image: Example of a site visit (Source: Inspired Homes)

3) Determine the age of the property to gauge how much work needs to be done

When you visit the site with the contractor, it is also important for clients to know the age of their property. This will help in budgeting and give an idea of how much needs to be spent on renovation works like rewiring, which may not result in any immediate aesthetic improvement.

Some homeowners are tempted to do a full renovation when they purchase an older home. But unless the property is in really bad shape, it might be more cost-effective and less disruptive to simply do targeted repairs and updates.

If you have a home that’s over 20 years old, more costs will be incurred to do complete M&E work like rewiring the whole house and replacing all sewerage pipes in it.

4) Do some homework on what kind of style or feel you want for your house

Clients are also encouraged to do some homework themselves, like finding out what kind of style or feel they want for their house. “Some people come to us with a very clear idea of what they want, while others might need a little more guidance,” said Keith from Inspired Homes.

It’s important to get an understanding of the kind of finishes you like and the overall look you’re going for – whether it be modern, industrial or even a mix of different styles. Doing this will give your renovation team a better idea of what you’re looking for, and help to ensure that the final product is something you’ll love.

If you’re not sure where to start, Inspired Homes has a library of over 500 design ideas for clients to browse through. This is a great way to get some inspiration and see what’s possible for your home.

You might also want to consider the surrounding environment – for example, if you live in a landed property with plenty of green space, you might want to go for a more nature-inspired look. Alternatively, if you’re in an urban area, a sleek and modern design might be more fitting.

Once you have an idea of the style you’re going for, it’s time to start thinking about your budget. “This is one of the most important things to consider before starting any renovation project,” said Keith. “You need to have a clear understanding of your finances, and what you’re able and willing to spend.”

He recommends setting a budget for both big-ticket items and smaller details, like light fixtures or door handles. “It’s also important to remember that unexpected costs can always pop up,” he said. “So it’s always good to have a bit of a buffer in your budget, just in case.”

If you’re not sure how much you should be spending, Inspired Homes offer a free budget planning service to help clients get an idea of the costs involved. “This is a great way to get started, and it can really help to put your mind at ease,” said Keith.

Now that you’ve considered style, budget and the surrounding environment, it’s time to start thinking about the practicalities of your renovation. “This is where you’ll need to start getting into the nitty-gritty details,” said Keith. “Things like layout, storage and lighting – these are all important factors that will impact the overall functionality of your home.”

5) The Importance of a Clear and Precise Quotation

It is important to have an idea about the budget before starting any construction project. If there are no clear prices or specifications on what will be done, then it might lead to more disputes later down the line when costs vary depending on how things go plus omissions from either party’s side which can result in changes being requested due to lack of mutual understanding regarding expectations beforehand.

Avoiding contractors with simple, vague descriptions of their work is key to ensuring that you get what’s promised and needn’t worry about cost variation or omissions. A detailed quotation will help avoid any future disputes when it is time for payment!

The best thing to do when hiring a contractor is to ensure they have detailed quotes and descriptions of their work so there are no future issues.

If you’re planning to do the renovation work yourself, be sure to allocate enough time for each stage of the project and make a realistic timeline. This will help minimize stress and ensure that everything is completed on schedule.

Thank you for reading! We hope this article was helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. Inspired Homes is a Singapore-based company that specializes in landed property renovations. We offer a wide range of services, from design and planning to construction and project management. We will be happy to help you get started on your renovation project and make your dreams a reality.

If you’re interested in learning more about what we do, please contact us via Whatsapp/Call at +65 88128080 today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.



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