Tag

house renovation

Many homeowners do a home renovation when they’re trying to boost the value of their home before selling it, but there’s no need to wait for an opportunity like that. Instead, find some projects that will boost the quality of your life in your living space and try to make it as functional as you can. Whether you want to do a complete renovation or simply add something new to the design, there are many projects that can help you do a great job. The biggest decision you’ll have to make is when to actually start the renovation process and, after that, you’ll only have to make decisions based on your style and budget. With a little help from this checklist, that shouldn’t be hard at all.

Determine a budget

The first thing you need to do is to determine the budget for your renovation, including the unpredictable things and repairs you didn’t count on. The major part of the budget needs to be set for everything you plan on doing and always make sure you’ve left something aside for some additional repairs. 

You can search online for some of the most unpredictable costs and try to predict what you might have to deal with. This step will be crucial if you plan on including contractors and architects because sometimes homeowners have some additional demands in the middle of the project, and these will require some modifications when it comes to the budget. Try to get a precise estimate of every project you plan on doing just to get the idea of the budget breakdown.

 

Create a list of priorities

You need to be realistic with your renovation list and your budget because sometimes homeowners don’t have a realistic idea of how much a certain renovation costs. That’s why you need to create a list of priorities and see what you will and won’t be able to do, as well as what’s going to require only a few minor changes.

Talk to your contractor and see where you stand on the amount of work, and try to find some compromises. That will allow you to do more projects and still be able to finance all of them. Prioritize everything that needs to be fixed or replaced, because if you don’t do that now, it could create a much bigger problem in the future. Once that’s done, you can move onto other projects that will help you with some interior and design changes.

Be careful when purchasing things

The tendency of impulsive shopping and buying too many unnecessary items is probably the most common mistake every homeowner makes. Before you start buying new things for your home, try to create a room-by-room plan: see what you really need and what you want simply because it’s trending at the moment. 

If you start planning on time, you can search for furniture online, which will allow you to find the best deals and keep creating different layouts until you find the perfect one. Even if you’re dealing with a small budget, you can do a lot by buying just a few items for every room. If you plan everything carefully, you can make your home feel brand new by a few simple tweaks and increase your home’s aesthetics appeal. Explore different trends and see how to incorporate them into your home, trying to find a balance between design and practicality.

Find the right contractor

If you search for a contractor online, you’ll get many results but you need to be sure the one you’ve hired is reliable and knows what to do. Don’t sign any contracts before you interview a few contractors in order to see who has the best ideas and can help you achieve everything from your list. 

Ask your contractors to find solutions for your home, give them your list of priorities and ask them to walk you through the process. You need to be able to understand everything they’re planning on doing because you want to avoid some unpleasant surprises during the renovation process. An experienced contractor will be able to assess your home and tell you whether you have realistic ideas of a final outcome, or you need to make some changes in your new design. 

 

No matter how big or small your renovation project is, it will require time and patience, so you need to do everything in your power to make it as smooth as it can be. Make sure you’re on track with everything going on in order to prevent something from going in the wrong way. 

If you live in an old house and you want to make it safer or simply a bit more modern, you should consider replacing your electrical wiring. Of course, the amount of work you can do depends on many factors, like the accessibility of the walls and attic, the amount of demolition you’re willing to do, and your budget. However, once you finish this project, you’re bound to feel much more comfortable in your home. So, here are five tips that should help you rewire your home.

Do the inventory

Your new electrical system needs to match your needs, which is why you should do an inventory of all the appliances that you plan on using in the house. You should also think about the largest appliances on that list and meeting their demands. This way, your appliances are more likely to run properly and safely. Knowing these details should help you plan the rest of the rewiring process too.

Consult a professional

home rewiring
Even the smallest mistake in rewiring could lead to a costly disaster later. This is why it’s extremely important to work with a licensed electrician no matter how much you think you know about rewiring. Additionally, there are standards and necessary permits for everything, from the number of outlets you can have to the kind of wire you can use. For this reason, as well, it’s best to have somebody experienced around who can advise you about the materials and planning in general.

Consider the walls

When it comes to rewiring, it’s very important to decide how much you’re willing to “demolish” your walls in order to replace the old wiring. If you’ve just bought your house, it might be easier to make a few new holes for the cables. However, if you’re living in it at the moment and can’t afford to disturb your lifestyle too much, your options might be a bit limited. You might have to leave the walls intact and replace only the wiring in the attic, so make sure to keep that in mind while planning the process.

Drill new holes

wall wiring
Image source
Sometimes, drilling new holes becomes necessary if you cannot reuse the ones you already have. And sometimes, old wiring cannot fit the needs of modern appliances considering all the technology that has become a part of our daily lives. However, when you start drilling new holes, you need to be careful not to damage any already existing wiring or plumbing. This is extremely important, since it’s one of those things that would cost you a lot if you made a mistake. Measure the location of your new hole carefully, and drill a smaller hole first to ensure that you’re not near any wiring. As for the convenience, place the new holes in a way that would reduce the need for any extension cords.

Replace your service equipment

Besides replacing all the wiring in your home, you should also consider replacing your main electrical panel and any other subpanels that you might have. This is important in case you want to add more circuits. It also might be a good idea if your old panel is in bad shape in general, or if it contains fuses instead of circuit breakers. After all, the main panel is the heart of all the wiring, so if you want the system to work the best it possibly could, it should be upgraded as well. Otherwise, the whole system could be limited and more prone to damage.

Rewiring an old house can be difficult, since it’s a job that requires a lot of careful planning, knowledge, and experience. So, in order to avoid any future issues, consult a professional, plan things ahead, think about the structure of your house, and your home should be as good as new in no time.