Home Makeover - How to plan a makeover

Reasons for a home makeover

Home makeover

Planning a home makeover is a little like taking exercise. If you find it easy and relaxing, you're not going to get good long-term results, and doing it wrong means storing up trouble for yourself.

The first rule of getting the planning stage right is to visualize the nitty-gritty of the home makeover as well as your dreams of the finished result. Imagine yourself at every stage. For example, imagine that you're decorating your living room. You've chosen a pale shade of paint to go with the new carpet you're also planning. You're standing in the room, brush in hand. Look around you. You're dripping paint on your favorite sofa. What are you standing on? The new carpet! Thank goodness it's just a visualization exercise. But you've learnt that you'd better lay the carpet after the paint job is finished, and you'd better invest in some dustsheets to protect the furniture.

The visualization exercise teaches us something else: that the order you do things is very important in a home makeover. As a general rule, it's better to get the boring aspects of the remodeling sorted out before you move on to the interesting stuff. That means dealing with plumbing, rewiring and structural issues such as the placement of walls first. Then it's time to move on to the fun stuff, such as planning a theme, decorating and picking out new furniture.

Reasons for a home makeover

You should also think about just why you're planning to revamp your home. Thinking about your reasons may remind you of things you've forgotten. For example, are you remodeling because you want to sell your home? In that case, you need to see it through a buyer's eyes. Take care to improve the outside of your home, including the front garden, for that vital "kerb appeal" factor. Or are you remodeling because there's a new baby on the way? If so, you need to test-drive your plans for child-friendliness and safety.

Planning done properly can be tedious, but it will save you a great deal of expense and worry in the long run. And if the planning is a laborious process, it might actually be a relief to get stuck into your home makeover.


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