7 Essential Tips to Note before Commencing a Home Renovation Project

Have you been living in your house for a while and are ready to make some alterations? As time passes, family size and needs change, making a home renovation project more and more necessary. When children grow older, you no longer need a playroom, but might require a music room with soundproof walls and good acoustics.

When you start considering a major project such as home remodelling or renovation, you need to plan ahead to ensure that the entire process is as smooth as possible. Renovating a home requires much energy, time, money and a lot of work in coordinating the renovation contractors involved. After all, a renovation often includes various trades, from plumbing, roofing, plastering, wetworks, ironwork and many others.

Take these steps before you start your renovation project to have a great experience and a home that suits your needs.

1.Consider current & future needs 


Consider not just your current needs, but your future ones as well when planning the new design for your home. This should form the context and basis of your renovation. If you expect that your children will move out within a couple of years, consider the what you may want to use their rooms for in the future.  If you plan to have a child, keep this in mind when considering the design and feel of each room. Choose a design that is child friendly and does not require much effort and time to keep clean. This tip will easily save you many hours of watching over your kids to ensure they do not hurt themselves or knock your precious glass decoration over.

1Would your teenage son/daughter still want to sleep here? Time for a remodel!
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2. Collect ideas to build a picture of your renovated house 

Before engaging an interior designer, it helps if you have a rough idea(s) about what you would like your refurbished home to look like. So, get inspired; flip through a couple of interior design and home magazines or browse a few home renovation ideas on sites like Pinterest or Houzz. With a few ideas on hand, engaging an interior designer would be more fruitful as he/she would be better aligned with what you are trying to achieve in your home. You can have a lot of fun with this too, and your photos need not be limited in any way – it can extend  to the types of air conditioners that you want, some lighting or brickwork that you like and even furniture.

2Found something that you like? Pin it on Pinterest.
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3. Find the right designers

With some design concepts in mind, it is time to start scouting for an interior designer. Obviously, the best way to do this is by using our Kaodim platform to compare quotations and services from our interior design experts.

To ensure you get the most out of this exercise, pay attention to how sensitive the company is towards your needs and budget. Some firms specialise in high-end designs while others may be solely focused on renovation. Just give the company you are interested in a call. More often that not, they provide some basic advice and would be more than happy to visit your house to get a better idea of what you are looking for.

3Find a designer on Kaodim today! 
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4. Draw up the design


With your ideas and the experience of your interior designer, put the designs down on paper or view computerized 3-D images before you approach a contractor. If you need help with such planning, you can hire professional planners via our site. With a graphical representation of your ideal design, you will be able to better communicate your ideas to your renovation contractor.

4A 3D drawing helps you visualize your plans.
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5. Budget wisely

While everyone would like to have a great looking home with all the newest equipment and furnishings, keep in mind that major changes to the layout of your home can cost a lot as well.While you may not know what are the typical costs involved in each renovation work, it is vital for you to set a limit to what you can spend on.

By listing your top priorities and working them into initial concept, you can carry out the renovation without having to incur heavy debt. Due to the unforeseen nature of renovations, it would be wise to budget an allowance for any contingencies. Unexpected ‘surprises’ as leaks and rot are examples of common issues found after a project has started. Allow a minimum of 10 % of the costs to cover these types of issues.

5Make a budget and stick within it!
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6. Obtain the necessary permissions and clearances

Did you know that renovating a home without permit puts you at risk of being penalized? In Malaysia, you can check the guidelines and regulations for obtaining a renovation permit outlined by Ministry of Housing and Local Government here (in Malay). By contacting a contractor who knows this business in and out, you will be able to get help from start to finish. An experienced contractor should be able guide you about the permit you need to get and help you choose a design that meets your requirements and conforms to local regulations as well. You can use Kaodim as a platform to find an experienced contractor.

Get permissions from your local authority.
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Ready to kickstart your home renovation project?Look no further and get in touch with our professional home renovation contractors and interior design experts at Kaodim.com!