Today our televisions are flooded with programs about home improvements and renovation, but where do you begin you may ask?
I would suggest that watching some of the TV programs is actually a very good place to start. You will usually see what the property looked like before, during and after the design and work. This is a good starting point for ideas.
Don’t be put off by what you see and hear from the experts. I usually find the experts have fancy ideas and expect people like me to turn their ideas into reality at the drop of a hat!
Home improvements can be done quite easily by a competent do it yourself person if that is the path you want to take, so don’t be put off.
I am making an assumption here that you want to carry out the work yourself, but you do not have to. You can in fact get someone to do it for you and help to make it easier for them with just a little bit of planning.
Let me tell you how? When a customer asks me to do any renovation or home improvements work, I usually have a coffee with them and ask questions to see what they want to achieve, and this is where things can go horribly wrong.
You see, they know in their mind what they want to see and they try to explain it to me assuming I can see inside their mind, and conversely I think I know in my mind what they want too. The problem is we both see different things.
So, how do we make sure we are clear about things? Usually I suggest a few show rooms for them to visit to get some ideas from. I ask them to take a camera to record what they want and then I have a starting point.
From here I can make suggestions and we can start to see the finished picture.
One of the next things to consider is what type of home improvements you want. Do you want to change something to make things easier at home or are you looking to add value to your home?
Three of the most popular projects I am asked to carry out when people don’t do it themselves are decoration, new bathrooms and new kitchens. All three add value to a property in their own way.
Decorating can be as simple as repainting walls and ceilings, and you can have any colour you like. Don’t worry if you don’t know what matches because most major paint suppliers have colour wheels to show you which colours go together. If you are scared about getting paint splashed all over, why not try a paint pad system. They are so easy to use, and without the mess!
A new bathroom can be so important to a “Mum”. It is often the only place where she can lock the door and have some peace! Recently a Mum told me she loved to have a good soak in the bath and have some time to herself. I suggested that adding some dimmable down-lights in the ceiling might help her to relax even more. She loved the idea and it was simple to do too.
A good tradesman will never mind you doing some of the work yourself to save you some cash!
Whenever you consider carrying out home improvements, only work with people you feel you can get on with, and make sure they come recommended by someone that you know and you have seen examples of their work. This tip alone will make your project so much more rewarding.