The Home Upgrade Checklist

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Improving the home is a goal shared by virtually all homeowners. But while the rewards can be huge, many find that their projects only bring limited success. In most cases, this is due to a lack of thorough planning. By putting a strategy in place, your hopes of turning your interior design dreams into a reality become far greater.  

So, what are the crucial aspects that must be given your full attention throughout the project? Focus on the items below, and the process from conception to completion should be far smoother.  

Budget

There’s no escaping the fact that financial limitations will have a huge impact on your possibilities. A guarantor loan can help you gain access to those much-needed funds, even when your current bank balance is pretty loan. While needless borrowing isn’t advised, this is an investment that will improve the value of the home as well as your daily life. Besides, in situations where the property is at a structural risk, leave you with no choice.

Knowing your budget helps you make calculated decisions regarding what is actually possible. It can also inform you whether you have the funds to hire professionals or may need to find the DIY solutions. Either way, you won’t achieve much until the finances of your proposed projects under control. As such, this needs to be the first step of any project planning.

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Regulations

If you are decorating a home that you rent, it’s vital that you check things over with the landlord. Moreover, you’ll need to get their agreement in writing unless you want to risk potential court cases later down the line. If you’re the owner of the property, it’s easy to assume that you’re free to do whatever you please. In reality, it’s not quite that simple.

When planning to make big changes such as extending the property or building a standalone building, you need to respect the rules. Acquiring planning permission may be essential. This is a concept that extends to other projects, such as fitting new windows, when working on listed buildings. When sticking to interior design work, it’s probable that you’ll be just fine without the need for legal documentation. Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Spatial Limitations 

It’s one thing to equip yourself with winning ideas, but it’s important to check that they’re actually possible. As such, an appreciation of the physical dimensions is pivotal. Without this, it’s likely that you’ll make additions that you later come to regret. When working with restricted spaces, customised furniture can work wonders. Meanwhile, additional steps like using shelving and hidden storage behind the doors can be very useful too.

There are a number of ways to make smaller rooms feel significantly bigger. From choosing brighter colour schemes to using strategically placed mirrors to reflect light, each step is vital. Alternatively, knocking down internal walls to go open plan can have a huge impact. Trick the eyes into perceiving the space as being bigger, and you will be happier around the home.

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Room Purpose 

Another related issue to consider is the function of the room. Every room should have a clear primary function. Whether it’s a living space, dining space, or an office doesn’t matter. Knowing the purpose of each area has a huge impact on the future design choices. More importantly, it prevents rooms from going to waste. Crying about a lack of space is a little futile if you fail to even utilise the areas that you already possess.

Guest rooms and garages are perhaps the most commonly wasted spaces of all. If you’re guilty of doing this, fixing this issue should be one of the top items on your checklist. Even if it means sacrificing a makeover for the kitchen or bathroom, focusing on those changes can make the home feel larger. It’ll also be personalised to your specific needs. After all, those unused spaces can be turned into anything your heart desires.

Character

That concept of adding personality should be extended to every aspect of the home upgrade process. This is what will truly make the house a home and has the potential to completely transform your relationship with the property. Thankfully, even the smallest design elements can have a huge influence on the overall vibe and atmosphere. Start the process by adding family photos, holiday souvenirs, and items that inject the unique DNA of your family into the home.

It would be very easy to fall into the trap of trying to replicate page 36 of the IKEA catalogue. However, you need to remember that you are creating a home for your family to live and grow. If rooms are blessed with defining features like nooks, fireplaces, and brick walls, don’t be afraid to use them. Make them the central focus of the interior designs, and you’ll be able to build that winning environment with far less effort.   

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Timings

Finding inspiration and finalising the ideas that you wish to bring to life is the easy part. Bringing it all together is where things can get a little difficult. As with most major challenges in modern life, timing is everything. After all, the longer that it takes to complete a proposed project, the longer your home will feel almost uninhabitable. In turn, it can impact your feelings towards the home even when the work is completed.

This is especially true when dealing with structural jobs or external tasks. Some projects are best left for summer as the adverse winter weather can cause delays. Meanwhile, you should aim to complete upgrades that aid energy consumption in time to see the full benefits. The truth of the matter is that you won’t be able to complete a whole home transformation in one hit. So, prioritising the list of projects is vital.

Final Word

With the right preparations, your home upgrades will generate far better results. Moreover, you should find that you’ll have far greater control throughout the process, which can work wonders for the home and your happiness. If that doesn’t signal a job well done, what will?  

 

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