How to prepare for a renovation
June 27, 2019
1. Take the time to plan your renovation
But also think about your schedule, about the time you can dedicate to it and the time that least disrupts your family life. If you have someone you can trust, maybe you can leave your keys with them in January so that the dirtiest jobs can be done if you’re away.
2. Decide who is going to be in charge of the project at home
To visualise the end result, you can work with a detailed plan, computer graphics or renders, mood boards with styles and textures and even inspirational photos from Pinterest. All these tools are valuable in reaching a consensus about what to expect from this reform.
3. Decide whether to live at home through the renovation process
Weigh up whether it’s worth moving to a family home or renting for a couple of months. You have to keep this accommodation cost in mind when you’re drawing up your budget. Ask to include a penalty in the budget if the reno is going beyond a reasonable margin.
4. Recruit a professional
Our advice is not to scrimp when it comes to managing your renovation. This is an important job, so for the renovation to be carried out in good time and correctly, a professional has to step in. Don’t take on the task yourself just to save some money. Project management is probably the best spent money when carrying out a renovation.
5. Spend time choosing finishings and qualitiesWhen you’re drawing up a briefing of what you need and assessing the budgets of various professionals, you can start investigating finishing touches and qualities. This is a process that goes alongside looking for inspirational photos on Pinterest and reaching a consensus on the final result of the renovation. You can start it alone and then continue with your chosen professional once you have made your decision.
Many brands have great showrooms where you can spend a Saturday morning. There you can see large-format materials, touch them, feel them…. They also have 3D tools to simulate the appearance of your kitchen, bathroom or house facade. This is why we talked about reaching a consensus on the end result that we’re looking for in our renovation…
Cosentino has showrooms like this one in Madrid spread out all over the world. So look for yours if you’re not in Spain.
6. Ask for a detailed estimate of both time and money
The budget will also include payment conditions. It is likely that you will have to pay a percentage at the start for the collection of your materials. Divide the payments into three or four parts, always leaving a percentage of between 10 and 20% for the delivery or review of finishings.
And ask for a receipt for every payment that you make! This will be the best guarantee for complaining on the spot or later if things have not turned out the way you hoped.
7. Don’t give up at the end: the final stages are importantSo, you’ve endured the entire renovation and even though you’re very happy with the result, you’re probably exhausted. You won’t want to know anything else about skirting boards, switches, water outlets or porcelain tiles for quite some time.
But don’t give up! The final stages are important and what you leave unsolved now will end up driving you mad. You’ll see these little imperfections day after day and it will be a reminder of what you didn’t solve at the right time.
You’ve got this far, so now it’s time to take a good holiday! When you get back to your recently renovated home, you’ll see the result with fresh eyes and you will understand that it was well worth the effort.