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Are you Renovation Ready? – 3 steps to getting there

If a renovation is on your horizon, it's important for you to know that if you take a few months rather than a few weeks planning and researching your project, you can save yourself mountains of headaches once the project gets started. So here we are with another Canadian winter is approaching us; were we homeowners putter around and spend a lot of ‘quality time’ indoors. What a perfect time to review how we use our homes and examine how well they serve our needs.

Professionals can pull a project together and give you that ‘zip’ and guidance you may be looking for, but in the end it’s you who has to make the decisions by reviewing how you live and what you want out of the changes that they bring forward. The most important aspect to planning a renovation is ‘Knowing what you want!’

1.  NEED? It is very easy to get wrapped up in the glamour of the decorating magazines. Lots of ‘cool’ stuff is plentiful on the market however when you are pulling together a renovation budget, the key issues are your needs? More directly what exists now that needs to change, or what doesn’t exist that will improve your home. Your future plans will help clarify those needs further, is there family; work or lifestyle changes coming that will impact your choices now. Spend some well-invested time reviewing those ideas.

2.  IMPROVEMENT? What energy efficiency, functionality, repairs, or other problems have you noticed but learned to live with as time has gone by. While you are considering a renovation project re-examine those issues and determine how they might be blended into your need improvement for a better over-all solution. If you’re lucky the cost savings in improving the overall efficiency of your home will pay for some ‘cool’ stuff!

3.  WANT? This is your home, you may or may not be planning to move in the future but in the meantime why not make it your own? Designing is an art; professionals are well versed and trained to bring your style and the look you want together. But you and those you live with need to know what ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’ you have. Pictures, sketches or samples are great tools for defining your style, but also putting thought into why or what benefits you feel you can achieve from your choices. Having this information in advance will save time and be beneficial when communicating with a professional or negotiating with your partner. 
No matter how skilled or experienced a design professional is, you live with your home, you know what ails it. You live with your family and you know what they need and how they use it. And in the end no matter what is designed, you will have to live with the finished produce. Take the time to make sure you get what you want, it works the way you want and know why you wanted it; when you have to pay for it. It will be worth the investment.  

Erin Zagar

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 02:15PM by Registered CommenterElaine | Comments1 Comment | References1 Reference

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Great read as always, keep up the good work!
November 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterScottsdale real estate

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