Home Renovations and Improvements: What Do You Really Want
is the first step toward successful renovation.
You’re probably planning improvements all the time, and
just don't realize it. For example, if you feel you don't have enough kitchen
cabinets, or enough counter space, you've already started planning a
YOU AREN'T HAPPY with the arrangement of a room, or the number of
rooms, you've begun a major improvement plan.
Once you start visualizing things the way you'd really like
them, you've started planning improvements.
likely had some improvement projects in mind for a while - if only
you knew how and where to start, and how much these ideas would
cost. A good way to
start is to inspect and evaluate the house like you've probably
never done before - go over the house as if you were tomorrow's
FLOOR PLAN? Does
everyone trample the hall carpet on their way in and out of the
house? Do you have to
walk through the living room get to the basement?
SPACE? Can you gain an
extra room in the basement or attic? Would the veranda look nicer closed in?
Could you turn the garage into a play room or a workshop?
ANNOYANCES? Do doors
open the wrong way? Are
you missing plug-ins where you need them?
Enough storage space? Having
trouble heating some areas in cold weather?
DECORATING? Does every
room look as good as it could? Any rooms need paint, paper or a new floor covering?
More or less lighting?
shingles, cracked mortar, leaky plumbing?
Walls and ceilings cracked?
Electrical wiring in good shape?
Are you getting the best possible performance from your
MUCH WILL IT COST?
the time you finish your inspection, you will have an overall
improvement plan. It
will probably be too extensive, and far too expensive to accomplish
all at once. Decide
what you expect the finished work to accomplish, and how you want it
to look. Prioritize all your project ideas.
WITH THIS INFORMATION, you can intelligently approach a contractor
to discuss the project, or you can start planning to do all or some
of the work yourself.
Gil Strachan - All rights reserved.
Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec
Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario, Canada since 1994.
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