Expert Advice - Renovations

Looking for a change? If you’re like most people – thinking about or deciding to make changes to your living space is important.  Who wants to look at the same color of paint for the next 25 years?  Renovations can seem like a daunting task, but organizing yourself at the beginning can make ALL the difference.  Peakman Group is here to help you through the renovation process.

Let’s start with budgeting because it truly is the most important step. We’re not solely talking about calculating how much you can spend on your project – we’re also talking about window-shopping and cost comparison!  You’re going to need money to complete your venture – start saving now!! Saving money is far more satisfying, however borrowing may end up being your better option. Whatever your preference, make sure to add a little bit extra to cover any issues that may arise. Once you have your total figure in mind – it is time to start spending that money wisely. Shop around for the materials that you will need and check out all the different options/styles available to ensure you not only get the best prices but also the end result you have dreamed of.

We all wish we could be Mister Fixit, but let’s face it – hiring a contractor might be the best choice to complete your job.  If you are confident in your carpentry skills it could save you time and money to DIY. Ensuring the job is completed correctly is the goal. If you are unsure how to do something – don’t use “how to” videos on YouTube – hire a professional (getting a couple different quotes and checking out testimonials is never a bad idea!)  To start looking for a contractor, download the Peakman Group App for our list of trusted service providers to help you out.

Do your research to make sure you have a clear understanding of what you want and what to expect. Talk to people who have completed similar projects to have a better understanding on the time frame. Have photos ready to demonstrate the look and feel of what you want. Renovations can be expensive, so be practical about how much you can afford and when. Being realistic and clear with your expectations will help reduce unwanted disputes over deadlines not being met and ideas not lining up. 

Save money by getting advice from people you trust before you start.  Make your to-do list (or multiple!) and have a friend assess your plans with an objective perspective.  This can really help point things out that you might have missed! When you’re ready, confirm and double-check everything that is ordered and delivered. It’s best to start with all your material so missing pieces or unexpected delays won’t hold up your renovation.

If you’ve hired a contractor for help, make sure to be checking in and communicating frequently with them. No one likes to be micro-managed so find the appropriate balance to ensure every one is on the same page.  Mistakes may happen and the longer a mistake remains unseen, the more costly it can become to fix. Communication is key.

That’s it - you’re all set.  You can do this! We believe in you. If you get stuck, give us a call and one of our team members will be happy to get you back on track.  At Peakman Group – Live… where you love. That’s our specialty!

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