19 November 2019

Top Three Challenges for Kitchen, Bathroom, and Laundry Room Renovations

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You’ve been looking scornfully at your house for months now and have decided that this won’t do. You want to renovate and you’re not willing to put it off any longer. Now you have the time, the money and the required enthusiasm to start your remodeling project.

However, as with any great achievement, there will be challenges. That can be very frustrating, everyone wants a smooth path to success. But what are you gonna do? It is what it is. The best way of avoiding wanting to bang your head against the stripped walls is to prepare in advance.

Wesley Ward, Head of Marketing at Hausera performed a consumer survey in 2019. Their findings were helpful. They said, "The top three challenges for kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room renovations in the last two years among respondents were: 1) Staying on budget (41%), 2) Finding the right professionals (39%) and 3) Funding the projects (33%)."

So let’s go through them one by one.

Staying on budget

Completing a renovation project can increase the value of your house but things can quickly spiral out of control and it’s hard to stay on budget.

The best way to prevent this is to have a detailed plan with everything you want to change and the estimated price. This required a lot of research but it will literally pay off. Unfortunately, you can’t expect good results without doing your homework. We suggest you go room by room and make calculate the cost individually.

You can always save money by doing some of the work yourself but what will help the most is to find the right people. You’ll need reliable professionals that can deliver on what they promised, they don’t slack off and cause delays, they don’t leave you with poor quality work that required redoing or give you an artificially low estimate just so they can go over it later due to “unforeseen circumstance”

Which brings us to our next point.

Finding the right professionals

Even if renovating your house can be a monumental task, once you find the right team to lend you several helping hands, it will turn into an enjoyable adventure.

They tend to all promise you the moon and the stars for less then the next guy, but in some cases, it means your roof will cave in, thus allowing you to stare at the night sky. Jokes aside, it would be wise to start by asking around for recommendation. Ask your neighbors, work colleagues and friends if they know any contractors that can provide high quality services.

Then you can search for the company online and read all their reviews and look at testimonials of past projects.

Funding the projects

Oh, if only money could grow on trees… As long as you planned your budget well there are lots of options you can look into:

  • Re-mortgage
  • Home improvement load
  • Bridging loan
  • Personal loan
  • Renovation mortgage
  • Peer-to-peer lending

The safest and cheapest way is to simply save up the money in advance, or you could try borrowing from family and paying them in installments.

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